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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.
Playing the Kazoo Song
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Playing the Kazoo Song

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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.
The Bass The Bass (Bass Guitar Song)
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The Bass The Bass (Bass Guitar Song)

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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.
The Drum Song (Playing the Drums)
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The Drum Song (Playing the Drums)

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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!
Percussion Song
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Percussion Song

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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!
Open and Close Song
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Open and Close Song

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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!
Hello Hello Song
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Hello Hello Song

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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!
Wait Wait (The Waiting Song)
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Wait Wait (The Waiting Song)

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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.
Going Slow to Fast (Song)
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Going Slow to Fast (Song)

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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.
The Thanksgiving Song
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The Thanksgiving Song

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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.
Shake it Up (Egg Shaker Song)
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Shake it Up (Egg Shaker Song)

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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.
Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes
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Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes

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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.
Excuse Me, I Sneezed Song
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Excuse Me, I Sneezed Song

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'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.
Handshakes and High-Fives Song
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Handshakes and High-Fives Song

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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.
Buckle Up (The Seatbelt Song)
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Buckle Up (The Seatbelt Song)

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'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.
Uka Ukulele Song
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Uka Ukulele Song

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'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.
Red Light Green Light Song
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Red Light Green Light Song

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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.
The Maraca Song
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The Maraca Song

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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*.
The Goodbye Song
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The Goodbye Song

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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!
Playing the Guitar (Song)
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Playing the Guitar (Song)

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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.
Music Makes Me (Song)
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Music Makes Me (Song)

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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!