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Music Ideas for an Earth Theme

July 16, 2009 18:52 by Barbara Shelby

 

 

START A  GREEN BAND! There are tons of ideas in making instruments from recycled materials (Click here) Don't stop at making the instruments...Do something with them!!!

SOME IDEAS
1. START A PROGRAM GREEN BAND! (Green-because it's made from 'recycled' materials) Invite children to join the musical group ...OR...
2. HAVE A MARCHING BAND!...OR...
3. HAVE A PARADE!!!

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PERFORM!!!

Practice, practice, practicethen put on a show for a school assembly, a few of the classrooms and/or a parents’ night!
How about the Marching Band or parade?
You can also take the group "on the road" and entertain an assisted living facility or other community group.
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NO MATTER WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH THE INSTRUMENTS:

Show children how to play the instruments.

Play along with a piece of music---Start out by playing some FAMILIAR SONGS with which they can play their instruments. (Maybe sing with them too?)

Encourage youth to listen for the beat of the song and match their strokes to the tempo of the music.

Give children CHOICE. Before they choose their final "Band Instrument --- let them play from a variety.

Put on some lively music and have child practice the instrument. Because it will be loud--you could practice outside when weather is nice!

Consider choosing an instrument for yourself and join the children's' Instrument Parade!

It's not enough to just make the instruments - Now have some fun with them!!!

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Idea *** Get a Sounds of the Rain Forest CD; Soothing and enriching as well.

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EARTH DAY SONGS...(Music List that is great into adulthood is listed below)

Songs may seem corny or just for younger kids--but consider doing one at the beginning of Earth Club meetings! Young kids will love them!

 YUCKY, YUCKY, POO
Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain

There's something polluting our water,
There's something polluting our water,
There's something polluting our water,
I'll tell you what it is.
It is a _______________,
It is a _______________,
It is a _______________,
Yucky, yucky, poo.
(Hold nose)
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RECYCLING FOR EARTH SONG
...Sung to- Mary Had a Little Lamb

Hear the cans go crunch, crunch, crunch,
Crunch, crunch, crunch,
crunch, crunch, crunch,
Hear the cans go crunch, crunch, crunch,
Recycle for our earth.

Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding
Ding, ding, ding,
ding, ding, ding,
Hear the bottle go ding, ding, ding
Recycle for our earth.

Hear the paper go crinkle, crinkle, crinkle
crinkle, crinkle, crinkle,... crinkle, crinkle, crinkle
Hear the paper go crinkle, crinkle, crinkle
Recycling for our earth.
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PICK UP LITTER SONG
...Sung To If Your Happy And You Know It

If you see a piece of litter pick it up
If you see a piece of litter pick it up
You will make the world look better
If you pick up all the litter...If you see a piece of litter, pick it up.
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LITTER IS GARBAGE
Tune: The Wheels on the Bus

Litter is garbage that wasn't put away,
Wasn't put away,
Wasn't put away,
Litter is garbage that wasn't put away,
In the garbage can.

I put my garbage in the garbage can,
In the garbage can, In the garbage can,
I put my garbage in the garbage can,
I'm not a lit-ter-bu-ug.

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SET THE MOOD for Earth Day...Any of these songs, would be wonderful used during 'Earth Week' or for a Nature Theme! Learn the words to such songs as  'This Land is Your Land" and use others as background, listening, and transition music!

 • The Three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) by Jack Johnson
 • Green, Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones
 • Earth Song by Michael Jackson
 • What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
 • This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
 • And The Green Grass Grows All Around by Traditional
 • Down to Earth from Wall-E by Peter Gabriel
 • Moondance by Van Morrison
 • Garden Song by John Denver
 • Sunshine On My Shoulders by John Denver
 • Mother Earth by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
 • The Flower That Shattered The Stone by John Denver
 • Emergency on Planet Earth by Jamiroquai
 • Planet Earth by Duran Duran
 • Edelweiss from The Sound of Music
 • Moon River by Henry Mancini
 • Wildwood Flower by The Carter Family
 • Where Have All The Flowers Gone? by The Kingston Trio
 • ‘Cross The Green Mountain by Bob Dylan
 • Planet Earth by Prince
 • Red River Valley by Traditional 
 • River Flows In You by Yiruma
 • Where The River Shannon Flows by James I. Russell
 • Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller
 • Mother Earth, Sister Moon by Carol Klose
 • Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven

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