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Fun, Easy Songs For Percussion Activities

Fun, Easy Songs For Percussion Activities

Whether its kitchen instruments, Remo drums or Sound Shapes, or assorted percussion, here’s a couple of fun, easy songs that can offer little solo opportunities, splitting the group for specific parts, structured large group playing and exploration/improvisation time.

These are two of many of the activities I used from the Sound Shape Playbook at a recent event. Here’s a peek at Ten Musicians Drumming and Alabama Gal. Find this book in the Weekly Specials section of the Music Rhapsody shop along with other selected items! (Members, use your coupon code to save even more!)

Free to Music Box Members! PowerPoint, music and lesson suggestions for Alabama Gal are in Music Box Downloads. There’s also tips and activity ideas on drum circles. (Not a member? Join now!)


Valentine’s Day lessons are also being featured in Music Box as well as MR Members Module 2 lesson plans.

See you in the Box!

Happy music making,

Drum or Percussion Circles for Kids

Drum or Percussion Circles for Kids

Drum Circles  include “free play” for exploration, improvisation, enjoying the groove! But having structured activities bring a lot of fun and satisfaction to the music making group.

One source that is very helpful is the Sound Shape Playbook.

The activities are quick and easy to add for any type of drums, percussion, homemade instruments, kitchen music, etc.

1 2 Tie My Shoe – leader does one two, circle does words

Repeat with one side doing numbers, other side doing words

Repeat bass tone on numbers, rim tone for words

Play low drums verses high drums


Alabama Gal    This activity is in the Sound Shape Play book, as well as the included CD. The free download in Lynn Kleiner’s Music Box also includes activity suggestions and free PowerPoint for classroom use too.

Ten Musicians Drumming – Play on the numbers  and short solos make this exciting.

They played like this……….they played like that, they played with their friends, they played with their baby, they played in the kitchen, they played in the car, ten musicians drummmmmmming.

Video – During the pandemic, masked families enjoyed an outdoor event!

Listen to another rhythmic favorite from My Trip to the Mountains Book/CD, She’ll be Comin Round the Mtn.

For more on percussion favorites, see Lynn’s resources and training,

Peace Like A River Is Back With New Activities!

Peace Like A River Is Back With New Activities!

Here’s a little love song and dance from me and the Music Rhapsody Teachers!

Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, etc…any day is a good day to spread love and happiness!


NEW and IMPROVED! I’ve Got Peace Like a River – a Free Music Box Download that shares activities for all levels of ability. Singing, Movement, Orff, Recorder, Ukulele.


Music Rhapsody Member Reminder! The Members Only Store is where additional lesson plan modules should be purchased. The modules include all recordings, process, activity videos for all 8 age groups.

New at Music Rhapsody: check out the new video for our Note Name Fun Pack – included with member’s modules.

Questions? Just click Ask Lynn in Music Box!


Teachers, thank you! I am so grateful for your support.

Goin on a Bike Ride, Feeling Beat, Hearing Rhythm, Creating Verses

Goin on a Bike Ride, Feeling Beat, Hearing Rhythm, Creating Verses

There is an order, a sequence of types of activities that will bring musical success. In the area of timing and singing, this is especially true if music is introduced at an early age. Goin’ on a Bike Ride is a delightful little activity for feeling the beat, hearing the rhythm and encouraging imaginative participation by easily creating new verses.

Here’s a couple ways we use the song to do this, depending on the ages and the setting of your classes.

Babies and Tots – adults alternate the child’s legs up and down, gently moving as each leg bends at the knew and straightens to the beat, as it would when riding a bike. Use the child’s name, Grandma, mommy, names of pets, puppets, etc, to create new verses of who is going along on the ride!

Preschool/K – Everyone stands in a large circle, holding on to the “Stretchy Band,” alternating hands while making the circular motion as if riding a bike. Teacher or Leader moves around the center, stopping on “who do you see?”  The child sings who’s on the bike ride. (Imagination is welcome here! Ladybug? Dinosaur? Skunk?)

This adorable story book, Duck on a Bike,  is a great way to give the children ideas of who may be riding on a bike!

The song and recording, Going on a Bike Ride is from the book/CD Kids Make Music, Babies Make Music Too!

To introduce the song, you may share this video with your students.

A Song About Laughing & Summer

A Song About Laughing & Summer

What a year its been! Put yourself and your students in a great mood by singing and moving to this delightful song (and round!) about laughing and the arrival of summer!I just introduced my after school class to this for singing and Orff. Have a listen, and notice their creative choices for LOL! Be sure to watch until the end for ALL the laughs!


The music and activity suggestions are in a new FREE download in Music Box. Not yet a member? We’d love to have you join us!

And speaking about the arrival of summer, don’t forget to check out the info on our June Teacher Training!

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