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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.
Harmonica Song
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Harmonica Song

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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.
Silly Willy Song
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Silly Willy Song

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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!
Quiet Time Song
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Quiet Time Song

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'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.
Turn on the Lights
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Turn on the Lights

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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.
One by One (Song about the Power of One)
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One by One (Song about the Power of One)

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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Songs about Manners
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Songs about Manners

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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.
Songs About Instruments
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Songs About Instruments

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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.
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.
Ants in Your Pants (Just Dance) Song
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Ants in Your Pants (Just Dance) Song

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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!
88 Keys (The Piano Song)
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88 Keys (The Piano Song)

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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!