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Jim Gaven

I am a singer/songwriter/publisher/author/creative type who creates songs and activities/games as well as curriculums for young children as well as adults with special needs.

I am a singer/songwriter/publisher/author/creative type who creates songs and activities/games as well as curriculums for young children as well as adults with special needs.
Songs about Manners

Songs about Manners

Here is a collection of songs about manners to teach your students/children. From sneezing to giving handshakes/high-fives to saying hello, goodbye, saying I Love You, Please and Thank You, as well as appropriate social skills, this bundle has a lot to offer.
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Songs About Instruments

Songs About Instruments

This is a collection of songs about various instruments. From the piano to guitar to maraca's to ukulele's to egg shakers, you can have fun while learning about 5 different instruments.
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Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo

Self-explantory game that I created while at my place of employment over the past 2 years. It is a form of Bingo, just using Musical Instruments instead of numbers. For instance, the top line of the game spells M-U-S-I-C instead of B-I-N-G-O. I thought why not make a fun game where students put a sound of an instrument to its picture. Not only is it fun to hear singled out instruments, but it's also educational in the fact we learn about new instruments and a little background/details/description on each instrument. In a world where we are so used to hearing several instruments at once in songs on the radio, on TV, etc., what's being lost is what instrument sounds like on its own and why it sounds the way it does.
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Harmonica Song

Harmonica Song

This is a song meant to educate young children about the harmonica. Laden with acoustic guitar and silly vocals, this tune is simple and catchy with a short solo on the instrument.
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Silly Willy Song

Silly Willy Song

This is a song written with the intention of acting out the second half of every line. Think of it as a modern day Hokey Pokey of sorts. Have fun playing around with the ukulele, piano, or guitar as a lead instrument, and see your students have a grand ol' time!
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Quiet Time Song

Quiet Time Song

'Quiet Time' is a song about all the places we have to be quiet in life (church, library, movies). With a refrain on calming down for a nap or bedtime at night, this is a fun, lighthearted song on the ukulele for all the kids to enjoy. This song allows for kids to learn about these quiet places in a fun and educational way.
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Turn on the Lights

Turn on the Lights

This is a song designed for any child who is afraid of the dark and learning to cope with that fear. Sing it along with your young one to make them feel more comfortable when going to bed, entering a basement, or playing outside at night.
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One by One (Song about the Power of One)

One by One (Song about the Power of One)

This is an original song, lyrics and mp3 included, to teach young children about the power of themselves (one person at a time) as well as other things in the world that have 1 as their number (IE: the sun, moon). We all have to start as one person at a time in order to positively effect the world around us.
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Playing the Kazoo Song

Playing the Kazoo Song

This is a fun almost a cappella song about the kazoo. Of course, there are kazoo solo parts to have fun with and sing along with your students. Enjoy being silly with this small and simple instrument.
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The Bass The Bass (Bass Guitar Song)

The Bass The Bass (Bass Guitar Song)

This is a song designed to teach about the bass guitar--terminology used for playing the bass, how many strings the instrument has, and how the instrument sounds. Perfect for teaching a young student or child about an instrument that gets overlooked sometimes.
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Percussion Song

Percussion Song

This is a song detailing several percussion instruments in one to talk about how they help us keep rhythm with one another. Sung and played at the same time by using a ukulele and bass drum, what a great way to do something fun and educational for your child/children/students!
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The Drum Song (Playing the Drums)

The Drum Song (Playing the Drums)

This is a song detailing a standard drum set and what each piece does/sounds like. Sung and played at the same time by just drum accompaniment and vocals with no other instruments, what a great way to do something fun and educational for your child/children/students!
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Open and Close Song

Open and Close Song

This is a song about opening and closing various 'things' in life. The song is designed to be a learning tool for early childhood education to reinforce the idea of opening and closing, as well as being 'open' to change in life as that's the best way to live!
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Hello Hello Song

Hello Hello Song

This is a song about saying, 'Hello' to your students as they enter the room or can be used as a first activity when everyone has already entered the room. I wrote it on the ukulele, but you can most certainly use a guitar or piano to convey the same message. I find this teaching tool to be very useful for pre-K and Kintergarden age children as well as 1st and even 2nd grade. What a fun way to start the class by welcoming everyone and putting them in a good mood!
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Wait Wait (The Waiting Song)

Wait Wait (The Waiting Song)

This is a children's song about waiting your turn to do or say something. The idea is to practice patience day and and day out so we are able to wait for things more important later in life.
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Musical Bingo

Musical Bingo

Self-explantory game that I created while at my place of employment over the past 2 years. It is a form of Bingo, just using Musical Instruments instead of numbers. For instance, the top line of the game spells M-U-S-I-C instead of B-I-N-G-O. I thought why not make a fun game where students put a sound of an instrument to its picture. Not only is it fun to hear singled out instruments, but it's also educational in the fact we learn about new instruments and a little background/details/description on each instrument. In a world where we are so used to hearing several instruments at once in songs on the radio, on TV, etc., what's being lost is what instrument sounds like on its own and why it sounds the way it does.
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Red Light Green Light Song

Red Light Green Light Song

This is an educational song for young children to sing about the importance of red lights and green lights when you're out on the road with mommy and daddy. The song also talks about the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street.
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Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes

Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes

This is a song written for children in elementary school to reiterate the importance of saying, 'I Love You' to people you care about in different ways. Some of it is even in French, so students will learn some of another language while singing it.
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Buckle Up (The Seatbelt Song)

Buckle Up (The Seatbelt Song)

'Buckle Up' (The Seatbelt Song) is a self explanatory song about the importance of wearing a seatbelt, taking a step by step approach on how to put one on. Not only that, but it stresses the importance of overall safety in a moving vehicle. The zipped file includes a rough live recording of the song (mp3 format) along with the lyrics and chords used to perform the song.
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Handshakes and High-Fives Song

Handshakes and High-Fives Song

Handshakes and High Fives-This is an original song about personal space where some people may not like to be hugged or kissed right away, so we start out by greeting them with a handshake and/or high-five. The zipped file includes a rough live recording of the song (mp3 format) along with the lyrics and chords to use to perform the song.
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Uka Ukulele Song

Uka Ukulele Song

'Uka Ukulele’ is a song used to describe the instrument as well as give a little background on the instrument. It is played on the ukulele and helps children learn how to spell the words 'Hawaii' and 'Ukulele' as well. The zipped file includes a rough live recording of the song (mp3 format) along with the lyrics and chords used to perform the song.
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Acoustify Your Mind (Headphones Listening for Attention)

Acoustify Your Mind (Headphones Listening for Attention)

This is an instrumental music recording done by Jim Gaven to make students more aware of their surroundings as well as increase brain function and relax your body. In addition to that, the recordings will most certainly increase awareness of your surroundings. You'll notice in the word document attached how long each section of the recording goes for as it is divided into 3 parts: A warm-up, main activity/exercise, and a cool down. Students will be taken on a musical journey that travels up and down, left to right, and in a circular motion through headphones. Have a listen for yourself and see what it's all about.
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Excuse Me, I Sneezed Song

Excuse Me, I Sneezed Song

'Excuse Me, I Sneezed' is an original song about the importance of manners and excusing yourself after a bodily function like sneezing. We have to make sure we cover our noses and even get a tissue when necessary--sometimes wash our hands to stop the spread of germs. The zipped file includes a rough live recording of the song (mp3 format) along with the lyrics and chords used to perform the song.
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Social Skills Song

Social Skills Song

This is a set of 6 songs (5 with a color associated with the tier of social skills, and 1 with all 5 colors combined into one) which lead us through the 6 Levels of Social Skills. Lyric and chord sheets along with the mp3's of all 6 songs are included in this zip file. Great for teaching kids about who is most important in their life, and putting everyone in their appropriate category.
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