Those are the 3 R’s, right? :) Well they are today here at Listen & Learn, because my latest song incorporates all three. I know what you’re thinking: Rachel and rap don’t sound like a very likely combination. But I have a very healthy respect for most genres, including this one.
In fact, I was completely inspired after my husband showed me this incredible video. Watch it and then try telling me you don’t have even the slightest itch to try it for yourself! Anyway, here’s my lame attempt at rapping:
I was explaining my job to some of Zach’s visiting family members yesterday, and one of them jokingly asked, “Is there a such thing as rap therapy?” I had to laugh, because I immediately thought of this song.
By itself, it’s more of a chant than a rap…but I think the beatbox track makes it legit (or as close to legit as I’ll probably ever get). Either way, my kiddos are having fun with the song — not to mention working on important skills like rhythm, imitation, listening, and fine motor movement — which is really all that matters.
I liked it!
So…wouldn’t it be cool to see Rachel on Ellen? or Rachel and her music therapy buddies…on Ellen? That would be so fun.
That would be a dream come true! Actually, when I came out with my Time to Sing Hello CD, my grandma wrote a letter to Ellen to tell her about it (especially the fact that I was giving it away to families of children with autism). Sadly, she never got in touch with us…but you never know…maybe someday :)
I love this rap! It’s age appropriate and contemporary. I can see students taking turns being the leader and really building their self-esteem.
Exactly, Linda!!! Thanks :)
What a great idea. I have a couple of chants (with lummi sticks) that focus on call and response, focus, fine motor movements, etc. I might take your idea and adapt it to the kazoo! I have many kids who have oral issues and the kazoo works great, especially building confidence. Thanks, again!
p.s. There is a great magazine called “Entrepreneur”…it would be awesome if you could be in that! But Ellen would be fabulous as well!
Thanks so much, Jennifer! I love, love, LOVE your suggestion of using kazoos for this chant. In fact, I was just looking at a big bin of kazoos in my studio yesterday, thinking that I should really incorporate those more. Thanks for the idea! Oh, and I have been meaning to check out “Entrepreneur” magazine for a while now :)