Music at Mary’s Preschool — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Music at Mary’s Preschool

by Chaney


I have not formally introduced myself.  My name is Chaney.

I am Mary’s mom.  Mary turned 5 in October.  She loves music, horses, Dora and going outside.  Mary uses a DynaVox VMax for the majority of her communication.  She also has a trach and a g-tube.  Mary is diagnosed with Arthrogryposis, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, a seizure disorder and various brain abnormalities.  Overall, she is pretty comical, creative and brilliant, I’d say.

TodayI am volunteering in Mary’s classroom. (Well, that isn’t the whole truth… I can’t find a nurse to fill in for my regulars… I have to go with Mary or she can’t go to school.)  Anyhoo… Today I am bringing my guitar to her classroom and will do a music therapy session.  I met with her teacher on Thursday and we talked a little bit.  Apparently Mary is in a “Psycho Class” this year!  LOL!!!  She is in a regular education Universal Preschool classroom in our home district.  It is awesome and I am glad to have her there.  It just happens that this year, she has peers who are extremely loud and hyper, with no self-control. 

So this is my music therapy plan for a bunch of crazy 4-5 year olds during the holiday season!

1. Waving “Hello Song”

2. “Dreydl Song” with controlled clapping

3. “March of the Toy Soldier” listening with follow-the-leader moving/tapping on body parts

4. Christmas Carols Sing Along while taking turns with instruments

5. “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with verses about clapping, stomping, tip-toe, etc.

6. “Peace On Earth” listening while relaxing on the floor

7. “Line-Up Song/Good-Bye”

This should take about a half hour, I think.  My hope is that some of these things will help the children control themselves in a group situation and the teacher will learn some musical strategies she might be able to use. 

At any rate, it should be fun!  🙂

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I am a Board Certified Music Therapist who works in the Public School System. I work with teenagers who have moderate to severe autism. I also work with teenagers who have complex medical challenges. I was widowed in 2007 and adopted a child with complex medical needs in 2009. She is my pride and joy!

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