Hero image

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.
The Maraca Song
jimgaven

The Maraca Song

(0)
This is my take on the famous song, 'La Cucaracha', with original lyrics by Jim Gaven, and original music from the Traditional Mexican Revolution era. The twist is that I use the melody of the song to put my own twist on playing the percussion instrument, maraca. This makes for a fun time had by all in class to not only learn about the maraca, but play along with the beat. *I did not compose the music or the melody to this song, but merely used them as a guide to write my own lyrics to the already existing music and melody*.
Music Makes Me (Song)
jimgaven

Music Makes Me (Song)

(0)
This is a fun, silly song sung a cappella style about the different things music makes you feel, do, or say. Have a lot of fun with this one--add in your own ideas, too!
88 Keys (The Piano Song)
jimgaven

88 Keys (The Piano Song)

(0)
This is a song written about the piano, played on piano, with the intention of using as a teaching tool to those in elementary school for interest and education on the instrument.
The Thanksgiving Song
jimgaven

The Thanksgiving Song

(0)
Here is a song I wrote this past Thanksgiving capturing the feelings one might have like being thankful for your family, friends, health, having a roof over you head, and food to eat. I figured since there aren't many songs out there about Thanksgiving, I would write one to commemorate this very important holiday.
Handshakes and High-Fives Song
jimgaven

Handshakes and High-Fives Song

(0)
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.
Hello Hello Song
jimgaven

Hello Hello Song

(0)
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!
Ants in Your Pants (Just Dance) Song
jimgaven

Ants in Your Pants (Just Dance) Song

(0)
Ants in Your Pants (Just Dance) is a song about getting up and moving around to shake out the cobwebs so to speak. Follow along to the directions of the song, and the whole group/class will be having fun in no time!
Shake it Up (Egg Shaker Song)
jimgaven

Shake it Up (Egg Shaker Song)

(0)
This is a song that goes into detail about the percussion instrument, the egg shaker. Fun for the class to get into rhythm (in sync together) and keep the beat with directions in the song to follow along.
Playing the Guitar (Song)
jimgaven

Playing the Guitar (Song)

(0)
This is a song about the acoustic guitar and the main characteristics of the instrument. It is designed to be a teaching tool about the instrument, as well as allow children to have fun while listening and learning to sing lead and harmony at the same time.
Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes
jimgaven

Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes

(0)
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.
Acoustify Your Mind (Headphones Listening for Attention)
jimgaven

Acoustify Your Mind (Headphones Listening for Attention)

(0)
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.
The Goodbye Song
jimgaven

The Goodbye Song

(0)
This is a song about saying, 'Goodbye' to your students as the class is coming to an end and everyone is gathering their belongings to move onto the next class or go home for the day. 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 send everyone into the halls or the world by putting them in a great mood!
Excuse Me, I Sneezed Song
jimgaven

Excuse Me, I Sneezed Song

(0)
'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.
Buckle Up (The Seatbelt Song)
jimgaven

Buckle Up (The Seatbelt Song)

(0)
'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.
Social Skills Song
jimgaven

Social Skills Song

(0)
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.
Uka Ukulele Song
jimgaven

Uka Ukulele Song

(0)
'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.
Going Slow to Fast (Song)
jimgaven

Going Slow to Fast (Song)

(0)
This is a song which teaches tempo/rhythm by first starting slowly, and continually building up the speed in 4 different sections until the tempo reaches a crescendo, at which time, playing stops. I've used it where I encourage students to play along with a percussion instrument, sing-a-long to the various tempo changes, as well as practice stomping on the ground/running in place.
Open and Close Song
jimgaven

Open and Close Song

(0)
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!
Songs About Instruments
jimgaven

Songs About Instruments

5 Resources
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.
Songs about Manners
jimgaven

Songs about Manners

7 Resources
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.