Studio Purple Music & Movement

This is a weekly update of what songs we’re currently singing, yoga poses, movements, the whole nine yards.
In most cases, the song/activity listed is a link so you can listen to me sing and read the lyrics, etc.

November 21, 2022

I arrived with my guitar in its case, asking what was inside – a guitar, of course. What is a guitar case for? “To keep it safe,” a child answered. Yes! I told them a brief story about how I had a guitar that I leaned against my refrigerator and it slid down and broke. So now I try to keep my guitar safe. This was all as a segue into using lots of different kinds of instruments, which I passed out. I told them that these are instruments that we need to keep safe by playing them in the right way so we don’t break them. Not everyone got to play every instrument, but hopefully they’ll have a chance next time. There were claves of various kinds, shakers of different kinds, something I don’t even know the name of, a triangle, and a frog and a toad whose bumpy backs you run a stick across. We played along to This Little Light of Mine and We All Need More Kindness In This World.

Mysterious Fish Tank – we tried this silently, just doing the motions.

My Favorite Flower

YOGA: transition one to another: mountain moon star square, triangle (then we backwards back to mountain). I also showed them two images, a buzzard and a dead tree, and we did these “poses” to prep for my version of the song 3 Short-Necked Buzzards

Touch the Ground

What Makes the Fire

Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

November 14, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

Mysterious Fish Tank – we even tried this backwards!

My Favorite Flower

I passed out a long, thick rope and we pulled and pushed and swayed and shook to SHAKE IT ALL OVER TOWN and a “toes and knees and tummy and pull” exercise. I taught those who didn’t know it the crocodile verse to ROW ROW ROW (your boat), but first we practiced a quiet scream! We finished with Michael Row the Boat Ashore

YOGA: our poses smoothly transition into each other: mountain moon star square, triangle (then we go backwards back to mountain); and candle mouse snake dog (and back to candle).

What Makes the Fire

Touch the Ground

We All Need More Kindness In This World

November 7, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

Mysterious Fish Tank

My Favorite Flower

3 Little Hot Dogs

We did the tai chi-inspired ball exercise where we held and moved an invisible ball which expanded when we breathed in and contracted when we breathed out.

A B Squeeze

What Makes the Fire

Magic Penny

YOGA: these poses smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square, and triangle (then we go backwards back to mountain).

Touch the Ground

YOGA: butterfly, turtle, tulip

Having reviewed butterfly and turtle, we put these to use in this: Twinkle Twinkle (silly version)

Skidamarink

Goodbye Song

October 31, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

My Favorite Flower

We “passed a clap around the circle” and then passed around a tap.

YOGA: these poses smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square, and a new one, triangle (then we go backwards back to mountain).

Here Comes Mouse

Witch Has an Itch – they had a great memory for all the places to itch – feet, arm, knee, back, shoulder, cheek and head!

We All Need More Kindness In This World

Mysterious Fish Tank

I passed out egg shakers and we played along to the Ella Jenkins song “1 & 2 & 3 & 4.” Then we played a rhythm of three clicks (and a rest), and then did this to Miss Mary Mack (playing on “mack, mack, mack…black, black, black…, etc.” We played to All Together Now (Beatles).

Skidamarink

October 24, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

It’s a Rainy Day

A couple of songs came up spontaneously: 3 Little Hot Dogs and A B Squeeze.

We “passed a clap around the circle” and then we passed around a tap, and some children ended up creating their own variations as it went around the circle.

I passed out rhythm sticks and we played along to ABC, and an Ella Jenkins song called 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. Then we played a rhythm of three clicks (and a rest), and then did this to Miss Mary Mack (playing on “mack, mack, mack…black, black, black…, etc.” Then we played along to We All Need More Kindness In This World.

YOGA: we’re doing sets of poses that can smoothly transition into each other: btrfly turtle tulip; and mountain moon star square.

I  passed out scarves, and we made different kinds of winds, strong and gentle. We twirled them while I sang Pop Goes the Weasel, and threw them up on “pop!” and caught them. Then I sang MERRY LITTLE BREEZE as we moved and danced.

Alligator Pit

October 17, 2022

Willoughby Wallaby Woo

It’s a Rainy Day

3 Green & Speckled Frogs

We “passed a clap around the circle” and they did great again!

I passed out the egg shakers and we played to ABC, the 1&2&3&4 Ella Jenkins song, and then an old song by the Beatles, All Together Now, and Tingalayo.

I then passed out scarves, and talked a bit about different kinds of wind, and there was mention of hurricanes! Then we talked about gentle winds, and I sang MERRY LITTLE BREEZE and they danced and moved their scarves to it.

WE ALL NEED MORE KINDNESS IN THIS WORLD

Goodbye Song

October 3, 2022

Paw Paw Patch (no link)

We played around with rhythms, doing 3 claps, then a pause, then 3 claps, repeating this a number of times, then again with 3 stomps. They were great at pausing before the next 3. Listening closely, playing together!

We passed around the red mini-medicine ball again, singing Magic Penny

I taught them a new poem by Calef Brown, Mysterious Fish Tank, which I do as a finger play.

I passed out rhythm sticks and we worked on more rhythm, then played along to ABC, and an Ella Jenkins song called 1 & 2 & 3 & 4. Then we played to: Bling Blang and Building a New Way

We did Alligator Pit again. We even tried it with just the motions, no words!

Ooh Ooh

Yoga poses: butterfly, turtle and tulip.

Goodbye Song

September 19, 2022

Repetition is key for this age, so we repeated much of what we did last week (introducing the songs to children who weren’t here last Monday), and added some new songs and activities, too.

Paw Paw Patch (no link)

We passed around a red, slightly squishy, heavy, mini-medicine ball, while I sang Magic Penny

After passing around the ball, we then passed around a clap! I clapped (one clap), then the person to my left clapped once, then the next and the next, all around the circle. They did well! (We also tried 2 claps after this, which was a little trickier, partly because it’s hard to stay focused on this exercise for very long, but we made it around!).

We did an exercise in which we held and moved an invisible ball which expanded when we breathed in and contracted when we breathed out. It got very big! We closed our eyes and imagined what color it was (interestingly, many children said “black” – because when you close your eyes that’s the color you see!), and when we were done with it, we made it small and put it in our tummy for whenever we needed it.

Then I passed around the rhythm sticks (one is smooth and one has ridges, so that you can click them or rub them, or play them on the floor, as we quickly discovered). I showed them sign language for “together” (fists together with thumbs up in front of your chest, then move them out and around in a circle and back to your chest). I explained that when we play music, we need to be together, and they were in fact quite capable of being together when we played the rhythm sticks – lovely to hear! We played to:

Bling Blang and Building a New Way

We did a calming song: Ooh Ooh, followed by some Yoga poses, butterfly, turtle and we added a new one, tulip.

Then a stand up song: Here Comes Mouse

Alligator Pit

And finished with the Goodbye Song

September 12, 2022

It was good to meet so many Studio Purple friends! Here’s what we did today:

Paw Paw Patch (I don’t have a link for this) It was fun learning everyone’s name – I think I have them all memorized now!

We passed around a red mini-medicine ball, which is heavy and a little squishy. Many of us made a tunnel for it to go through by picking up our knees.

Alligator Pit

I passed out egg shakers and we explored the sounds they make. We figured out how to shake it to make a long sound, and also how to make a single sound, with one shake. Then we played to the ABC’s, with one shake for each letter. We did the same with an old Ella Jenkins song, One and Two and Three and Four.

Then we played the shakers to Tingalayo.

We did a calming song: Ooh Ooh, followed by some Yoga poses, butterfly and turtle.

We sang an old favorite that I have dramatized: 3 Green & Speckled Frogs.

Then we did a stand up song: Here Comes Mouse

And we finished with the Goodbye Song!