Back to School: Songs to Ease the Summer to Fall Transition

Easing the Back to School Transition

The new school year is almost upon us, and for school-aged children, that means new classes, new friends, a fresh set of pencils, and for many, lots of anxiety around changing schedules and routines!

Music has a unique way of helping us remember important information (like the ABCs) while also bringing us comfort or joy (through a favorite song or a lullaby). Listen & Learn Music has many songs featuring a “back to school” theme with lyrics that can help children ease into the new school year.

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Learning to Make New Friends

Making Friends | Song for Social Skills | Listen & Learn Music

As a kid, I always looked forward to the first day of school! I would have my new supplies packed perfectly into my backpack and would choose my outfit weeks before the big day.

The most nerve-wracking part of every first day of school was finding out which of my friends would be in my class. Would my best friend be by my side? What if none of my friends were in my class? For so many kiddos, making new friends is a daunting task!

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Shaking Up, Down, & All Around…Old School Style

Shake, Rattle & Roll | Shaker Song for Music Therapy

One of my favorite things about music is that it can trigger memories, reminding us of good times or special people. “Shake, Rattle & Roll” always reminds me of listening to cassette tapes on the way to music lessons with my grandparents, and I am thrilled to be able to utilize this song in music therapy!

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My Top Three Favorite (and Effective!) Stretchy Band Songs

Stretchy Band for Music Therapy, Early Childhood Music, and Learning

Most of the therapeutic tools in my collection are incredibly versatile and can be used to address a number of different goals. One of my favorite tools is the stretchy band.

When used in a group setting, a stretchy band can bring about social awareness to children (“wait, so you’re telling me there are other kids attached to this thing?!”) along with targeting other important areas of development.

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{Video + Free Download} The Toolbox Song

Rhythm sticks are good for so much more than just tapping! I use them in my music therapy sessions, groups and early childhood classes to address a variety of objectives.

I’m excited to share “The Toolbox Song” with you because it truly is one of the most effective tools in my musical toolbox (pun totally intended).

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More Than Just Tapping: All The Ways to Use Rhythm Sticks

Rhythm Sticks Songs

One of the most versatile instruments in my musical arsenal is definitely rhythm sticks. There are SO many things you can do with rhythm sticks, and SO many goals that can be targeted, too!

Lucky for us, Listen & Learn Music has some great goal-oriented songs designed to be used with rhythm sticks, and included in the collection are songs suitable for the youngest of clients as well as middle schoolers.

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