Online Resources

We offer three sets of on line resources, Songs for the Special School; and two series of online workshop videos.

Free for schools to access on our YouTube channel

A series aimed at youngsters with a wide range of need and age. We hope you enjoy them. We are hoping to have more songs available later in 2021 – looking at starting music, moving to music, feeling sound and music, playing music, singing, relaxing to music and ending music; as well as opportunities to learn about the wider world with some themed songs. Although intended for Special Schools, everyone is welcome to use these songs in any setting where youngsters enjoy experiencing and participating in music.

You can download the songs from this link.

A themed song, including a verse for each type of weather – with a space after each verse for children to sing on their own.

  • Everybody’s Dancing (example words) play mp3

A dancing and moving song with specific actions.

  • Everybody’s Dancing (own choice) play mp3

The same song, with space for children to make up their own actions.

  • Let’s Hear You Play (example words) play mp3

A song to encourage playing and feeling specific instruments.

  • Let’s Hear you Play (own choice) play mp3

The same song, with space for children to choose their own instruments to play and feel.

A relaxing song to calm down with.

Composed by Steve Harper
Performed by Steve Harper and Michael Groth
Produced by Michael Groth
Funded by Orchestra of St John’s

  • Pitch with Steve
  • Pitch with Jo
  • Rhythm and Tempo with Steve
  • Rhythm and Tempo with Jo
  • Dynamics with Steve
  • Dynamics with Jo
  • Texture and Timbre with Steve
  • Texture and Timbre with Jo
  • A Trip Round the World with Steve
  • A Trip Round the World with Jo

Note to teachers/parents/carers:

    The workshops are between 30 and 35 minutes long and can be used as one off sessions or preferably worked through in order. They are aimed at students attending Special Schools, predominantly middle ability; however we hope that there will be something for everyone! We also hope that there will be ideas here that Special School staff can build and expand on in subsequent lessons at school.



      • In the Woods with Jo


Useful resources: This session will mostly be focused on animals and involves plenty of actions; so if you have any animal puppets, toys or instruments, do bring them along! Green material to represent frogs or trees could also be useful.

        • On the Farm with Steve

Useful resources: We are particularly looking at farm animal sounds, so it would be great to have a range of toy animals/pictures to refer to. Animals we’ll be referring to include – a duck, dog, cat, sheep, cow, hen, pig, hare, hedgehog and kestrel. We will also be doing a counting song, so it would great if you could make/draw animals we could count; specifically – 1 brown cow, 2 red hens, 3 pink pigs, 4 white sheep and 5 yellow chicks!

          • The Sea with Jo

Useful resources: It would be great to have some shakers/home-made shakers – aiming for anything that sounds like the sea! Sea coloured scarves/material of some kind would also be useful.

          • Tidying up the Beach with Steve

Useful resources: As The Sea with Jo, but we are tidying up, so a clean bin we can collect the rubbish in (and make some sounds with) would also be good; along with some clean rubbish to collect – like crisp packets, paper, bottles etc.

Note to teachers/parents/carers:

The workshops are between 15 and 20 minutes long. They are aimed at young children with a range of need and their parents/carers/teachers. We hope that there may be ideas here that can be expanded on afterwards! It would be great if you could bring along some percussion (or makeshift percussion) instruments to each workshop.