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SONGLIST EARLY INTERVENTION 

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EARLY INTERVENTION


1. Alphabet Song

2. Ants Go Marching

3. B-I-N-G-O

4. Baby Bumblebee

5. Bear Went Over the Mountain

6. Down by the Bay

7. Down by the Station

8. Farmer in the Dell

9. Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

10. Hokey Pokey

11. Hush Little Baby

12. I’ve Been Working on the Railroad

13. If You’re Happy and You Know it

14. Itsy Bitsy Spider

15. Mary Had a Little Lamb

16. Mr. Sun

17. Old MacDonald

18. On Top of Spaghetti

19. Puff the Magic Dragon

20. Shake Your Sillies Out

21. Shortnin’ Bread

22. Slippery Fish

23. Teddy Bear

24. The Wheels on the Bus

25. This Old Man

26. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

27. Zip-a-Dee Doo Da

CHILDREN'S SONGLIST

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CHILDREN’S

1. Baby Beluga (Raffi)

2. Best Friends (Charlie Hope)

3. Big Red Car (The Wiggles)

4. Bippity Boppity Boo (Cinderella)

5. C is for Cookie (Sesame Street)

6. Chicken Dance

7. Circle of Life (Lion King)

8. Cowboy Boots (Charlie Hope)

9. Drumming Song (Backyardigans)

10. Frog Song (Charlie Hope)

11. Hakuna Matata (Lion King)

12. I Can Be Your Friend (Veggie Tales)

13. Jungle Beat (Lynn Kleiner)

14. Move It (Madagascar)

15. Opposite Song (Blue’s Clues)

16. Piggy Toes (Hap Palmer)

17. Planets (Blue’s Clues)

18. Rubber Duckie (Sesame Street) 1

19. Silly Sam (Lynn Kleiner)

20. Sing (Sesame Street)

21. Somewhere Out There (American Tail)

22. Song of the Cebu (Veggie Tales)

23. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Mary Poppins)

24. Tap Your Sticks (Hap Palmer)

25. The Best Day Ever (SpongeBob Square Pants)

26. The Old Gray Cat (Lynn Kleiner)

27. Tuba Polka (Backyardigans)

28. Under the Sea (Little Mermaid)

29. We Are the Dinosaurs (Laurie Berkner)

30. When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinnochio)

31. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story)

SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS/GOSPEL SONGLIST 

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SPIRITUAL/RELIGOUS/GOSPEL


1. All to Jesus I Surrender

2. Amazing Grace

3. As the Deer

4. Awesome God

5. Battle Hymn of The Republic (Glory Glory Hallelujah)

6. Because He Lives

7. Down by the Riverside

8. Father, I Adore You

9. God Will Take Care of You

10. He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands

11. Here I am, Lord

12. His Eye is on the Sparrow

13. How Great Thou Art

14. I’ll Fly Away

15. In The Garden

16. It is Well

17. Jesus Loves Me

18. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

19. Kum Ba Ya

20. Kumbaya

21. On Eagle’s Wings

22. Peace Like A River

23. Pescador de Hombres (Lord, You Have Come)

24. Precious Lord, Take my Hand

25. Put Your Hand in the Hand

26. Seek Ye First

27. Shalom Chaverim

28. Standin’ On The Promises of God

29. Standing on the Promises

30. Sweet By & By

31. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

32. The Old Rugged Cross

33. To God be the Glory

34. What a Friend We Have In Jesus

35. When the Roll is Called Up Yonder

PRAISE & WORSHIP SONGLIST

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PRAISE & WORSHIP


1. Amazing Love (Hillsong)

2. Better is One Day (Matt Redman)

3. Breathe (Michael Smith)

4. Coat of Many Colors (Dolly Parton)

5. Do Lord (Johnny Cash)

6. Give Me Your Eyes (Brandon Heath)

7. I Believe (Elvis Presley)

8. I Can Only Imagine (Mercy Me)

9. I Surrender (Hillsong)

10. I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)

11. I’m Not Who I Was (Brandon Heath)

12. Never Alone (BarlowGirl)

13. One Day at a Time (Marilyn Sellars)

14. Shout To The Lord (Hillsong)

15. We Fall Down (Chris Tomlin)

16. Who am I (Casting Crowns)

17. You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

TRADITIONAL/PATRIOTIC SONGLIST 

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 GENERAL/TRADITIONAL/PATRIOTIC


1. America The Beautiful

2. Beautiful Dreamer

3. Canten Senores Cantores

4. De Colores

5. God Bless the USA

6. Goodnight, Ladies

7. Happy Birthday

8. Home On The Range

9. I’ve Been Working On The Railroad

10. Morning Has Broken

11. My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

12. Oh, Danny Boy

13. Oh, Susannah

14. Red River Valley

15. Scarborough Fair

16. School Days

17. She’ll be Comin’ Around the Mountain

18. Shenandoah

19. Skip to my Lou

20. Take Me Out to the Ballgame

21. This Land is Your Land

22. This Little Light Of Mine

23. When Irish Eyes are Smiling

24. When The Saints Go Marching In

25. Yankee Doodle

26. You Are My Sunshine

COUNTRY/FOLK SONGLIST

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COUNTRY/FOLK


1. 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

2. All American Girl (Carrie Underwood)

3. Amazed (Lonestar) 3

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4. Angels Among Us (Alabama)

5. Annie’s Song (John Denver)

6. Better Days (Zac Brown Band)

7. Could I Have This Dance (Anne Murray)

8. Country Roads (John Denver)

9. Crazy (Patsy Cline)

10. Days Go By (Keith Urban)

11. Don’t Blink (Kenny Chesney)

12. Drive (Alan Jackson)

13. Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)

14. Free (Zac Brown Band)

15. Give It Away (George Strait)

16. God Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)

17. Grandmas Feather Bed (John Denver)

18. Hey, Good Lookin’ (Hank Williams)

19. How do I Live (LeeAnn Rimes)

20. I Go Back (Kenny Chesney)

21. I Hope You Dance (LeeAnn Womack)

22. I Like it, I Love it (Tim McGraw)

23. I Love (Tom T. Hall)

24. I Swear (John Michael Montgomery)

25. I Walk the Line (Johnny Cash)

26. I Wanna Dance with You (George Strait)

27. If I Die Young (The Bond Perry)

28. Jesus, Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood)

29. Last Dollar (Tim McGraw)

30. Leavin’ on a Jet Plane (John Denver)

31. Live Like You Were Dyin’ (Tim McGraw)

32. Margaritaville (Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett)

33. On the Road Again (Willie Nelson)

34. One More Day (Diamond Rio)

35. Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash)

36. Silver Wings (Merle Haggard)

37. Summertime Blues (Alan Jackson)

38. Tennessee Waltz (Patti Page)

39. The Gambler (Kenny Rogers)

40. This One’s for the Girls (Martina McBride)

41. Top Of The World (Carpenters)

42. Unanswered Prayers (Garth Brooks)

43. Walkin’ After Midnight (Patsy Cline)

44. When You Say Nothing At All (Allison Kraus)

45. Wide Open Spaces (Dixie Chicks)

46. Yesterday Once More (Carpenters)

47. You Gonna Fly (Keith Urban)

48. You Lie (The Bond Perry)

49. You’re Still the One (Shania Twain)

REGGAE SONGLIST 

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REGGAE


1. Baby, I Love Your Way (Big Mountain)

2. Don’t Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)

3. Get Up, Stand Up (Bob Marley) 4

4. One Love (Bob Marley)

5. The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)

6. The Tide is High (The Paragons/Blondie)

7. Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry About A Thing) (Bob Marley)

8. You Can Get it if You Really Want (Desmond Decker)

WORLD MUSIC SONGLIST 

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WORLD MUSIC


1. A Ram Sam Sam (Morocco)

2. Aiken Drum (Scotland)

3. Alouette (France)

4. Arirang (Korea)

5. Che Che Kule (Ghana)

6. Fanga (Liberia)

7. Frere Jacques (France)

8. Funiculi, Funicula (Italy)

9. Hine Matov (Syria/Jewish)

10. Oye Como Va (Puerto Rico/Tito Puente)

11. Sakura (Japan)

12. Siyahamba (Zulu/South Africa)

13. Zum Gali Gali (Israel)


MUSICALS SONGLIST 

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MUSICALS

1. All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)

2. Because I Knew You (Wicked)

3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Lion King)

4. Castle On a Cloud (Les MIserables)

5. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)

6. Do-Re-Mi (Sound of Music)

7. Edelweiss (Sound of Music)

8. Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses (Gypsy)

9. Get Me to the Church On Time (My Fair Lady)

10. Getting to Know You (King and I)

11. I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)

12. Mamma Mia (Mamma Mia!)

13. Matchmaker (Fiddler on the Roof)

14. Memory (Cats)

15. Moon River (Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

16. My Favorite Things (Sound of Music)

17. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

18. New York, New York (New York, New York)

19. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)

20. Oklahoma! (Oklahoma)

21. On My Own (Les Miserables)

22. Put on a Happy Face (Bye Bye Birdie)

23. Seasons of Love (Rent)

24. Seventy-six Trombones (The Music Man)

25. Singin’ in the Rain (Singin’ in the Rain)

26. Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)

27. Somewhere Out There (American Tail)

28. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz)

29. Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof) 5

30. The Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha)

31. They Say It’s Wonderful (Annie Get Your Gun)

32. Til There Was You (The Music Man)

33. Tomorrow (Annie)

34. Tonight (West Side Story)

35. Try to Remember (The Fantasticks)

36. Wouldn’t it be Lovely (My Fair Lady)

37. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)

EARLY AMERICAN SONGLIST 

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MUSICALS

1. All I Ask of You (Phantom of the Opera)

2. Because I Knew You (Wicked)

3. Can You Feel the Love Tonight (Lion King)

4. Castle On a Cloud (Les MIserables)

5. Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)

6. Do-Re-Mi (Sound of Music)

7. Edelweiss (Sound of Music)

8. Everything’s Comin’ Up Roses (Gypsy)

9. Get Me to the Church On Time (My Fair Lady)

10. Getting to Know You (King and I)

11. I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)

12. Mamma Mia (Mamma Mia!)

13. Matchmaker (Fiddler on the Roof)

14. Memory (Cats)

15. Moon River (Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast at Tiffany’s)

16. My Favorite Things (Sound of Music)

17. My Heart Will Go On (Titanic)

18. New York, New York (New York, New York)

19. Oh, What a Beautiful Morning (Oklahoma)

20. Oklahoma! (Oklahoma)

21. On My Own (Les Miserables)

22. Put on a Happy Face (Bye Bye Birdie)

23. Seasons of Love (Rent)

24. Seventy-six Trombones (The Music Man)

25. Singin’ in the Rain (Singin’ in the Rain)

26. Some Enchanted Evening (South Pacific)

27. Somewhere Out There (American Tail)

28. Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz)

29. Sunrise, Sunset (Fiddler on the Roof) 5

30. The Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha)

31. They Say It’s Wonderful (Annie Get Your Gun)

32. Til There Was You (The Music Man)

33. Tomorrow (Annie)

34. Tonight (West Side Story)

35. Try to Remember (The Fantasticks)

36. Wouldn’t it be Lovely (My Fair Lady)

37. You’ll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)

50'S SONGLIST 

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50’s

1. All I Have to Do is Dream (The Everly Brothers)
2. Banana Boat Song (Day-O) (Harry Belafonte)
3. Blue Suede Shoes (Elvis)
4. Bye, Bye, Love (The Everly Brothers)
5. Fly Me To the Moon (Frank Sinatra)
6. Happy Trails (Dale Evans Rogers)
7. Hound Dog (Elvis)
8. How Much is that Doggie in the Window? (Patti Page)
9. Jailhouse Rock (Elvis)
10. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
11. Kansas City (Fats Domino)
12. La Bamba (Ritchie Valens) 6
13. Love Me Tender (Elvis)
14. Love Potion #9 (The Searchers)
15. My Boyfriend’s Back (The Angels)
16. On Moonlight Bay (Doris Day)
17. Que Sera Sera (Doris Day)
18. Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley)
19. That’ll be the Day (Buddy Holly)
20. This Ole House (Stuart Hamblen)
21. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole)
22. Yakety Yak (The Coasters)

60'S SONGLIST 

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60s


1. Blackbird (Beatles)

2. Brown Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)

3. Can’t Buy Me Love (Beatles)

4. Can’t Help Falling In Love (Elvis)

5. Down on the Corner (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

6. Downtown (Petula Clark)

7. Eight Days a Week (Beatles)

8. Fun, Fun, Fun (Beach Boys)

9. Happy Together (The Turtles)

10. Here Comes the Sun (Beatles)

11. Hey Jude (The Beatles)

12. I Wanna Hold Your Hand (Beatles)

13. I’m A Believer (The Monkees)

14. It’s Not Unusual (Tom Jones)

15. My Girl (The Temptations)

16. Put a Little Love in Your Heart (Jackie DeShannon)

17. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (Burt Bacharach)

18. Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)

19. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

20. Surfing USA (Beach Boys)

21. Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

22. The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)

23. Today (John Denver)

24. Twist and Shout (The Isley Brothers)

25. Under the Boardwalk (The Drifters)

26. What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

27. With a Little Help From my Friends (Joe Cocker)

28. Wouldn’t it be Nice (Beach Boys)

29. Yellow Submarine (Beatles)

30. Yesterday (Beatles)


70'S SONGLIST 

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70’s


1. 500 Miles (Peter, Paul & Mary)

2. American Pie (Don McLean)

3. Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchel)

4. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)

5. Candle in the Wind (Elton John)

6. Carry on my Wayward Son (Kansas)

7. Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel) 7

8. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffett)

9. Crocodile Rock (Elton John)

10. Don’t Stop (Fleetwood Mac)

11. Fire and Rain (James Taylor)

12. Hotel California (Eagles)

13. I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash)

14. I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Joan Jett)

15. I Will Survive (Gloria Gaynor)

16. Imagine (John Lennon)

17. Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)

18. Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

19. Let It Be (The Beatles)

20. Sha La La (Walkers)

21. She’s Always a Woman to Me (Billy Joel)

22. Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)

23. Stuck in the Middle with You (Stealers Wheel)

24. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynard Skynard)

25. Take it Easy (Eagles)

26. The Rose (Bette Midler)

27. You Can’t Always Get What you Want (Rolling Stones)

28. You’ve Got a Friend (James Taylor)

29. Your Song (Elton John)

80'S SONGLIST 

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80’s


1. Apnd So it Goes (Billy Joel)

2. Beat It (Michael Jackson)

3. Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffett)

4. Closer to Fine (Indigo Girls)

5. Don’t Stop (Fleetwood Mac)

6. Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

7. For the Longest Time (Billy Joel)

8. Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty)

9. Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)

10. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)

11. Give Yourself to Love (Kate Wolf)

12. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen/Jeff Buckley)

13. Have I Told You Lately (Rod Stewart)

14. Hotel California (Eagles)

15. I Just Called to Say I Love You (Stevie Wonder)

16. I Love Rock n Roll (Joan Jett)

17. I’m Alright (Kenny Loggins)

18. Jack & Diane (John Mellencamp)

19. Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)

20. Kokomo (Beach Boys)

21. Livin’ on a Prayer (Bon Jovi)

22. Piano Man (Billy Joel)

23. Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)

24. Take it Easy (Eagles)

25. That’s What Friends Are For (Dionne & Friends)

26. The Rose (Bette Midler)

27. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper) 8

28. True Colors (Cyndi Lauper)

29. Wake Me Up Before you Go Go (Wham!)

30. We Are the World

31. Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Midler)



90'S SONGLIST 

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90’s


1. Achey Brakey Heart (Billy Ray Cyrus)

2. Angel (Sarah McLachlan)

3. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)

4. Change the World (Eric Clapton)

5. From a Distance (Bette Midler)

6. Good Riddance (Green Day)

7. Hero (Mariah Carey)

8. Hold On (Wilson Phillips)

9. I Believe I Can Fly (R. Kelly)

10. I Do it For You (Bryan Adams)

11. I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)

12. I Will Remember You (Sarah McLachlan)

13. I’ll Be There for You (Rembrants)

14. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

15. Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane)

16. More Than Words (Extreme)

17. My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion)

18. Run-Around (Blues Traveler)

19. Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams)

20. Tears in Heaven (Eric Clapton)

21. Thank You (Dido)

22. The Sign (Ace of Base)

23. Truly, Madly, Deeply (Savage Garden)

24. Waterfalls (TLC)



2000'S TO CURRENT SONGLIST 

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2000-Current


1. 1000 Miles (Vanessa Carlton)

2. All the Small Things (Blink 182)

3. Baby (Justin Bieber)

4. Bad Day (Daniel Powter)

5. Be Ok (Ingrid Michaelson)

6. Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day)

7. Brave (Sara Bareilles)

8. Breathe (Anna Nalick)

9. Bulletproof (La Roux)

10. Complicated (Avril Lavigne)

11. Counting Stars (OneRepublic)

12. Cups (Anna Kendrick)

13. Firework (Katy Perry)

14. Hey Soul Sister (Train)

15. Home (Phillip Phillips)

16. Hopeless Wanderer (Mumford and Sons)

17. I Will Wait (Mumford and Sons)

18. I’m A Believer (Shrek)

19. I’m Like a Bird (Nelly Furtado) 9

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20. Keep Your Head Up (Andy Grammer)

21. Lucky (Jason Mraz/Colbie Caillat)

22. Mirrors (Justin Timberlake)

23. Move Along (The All-American Rejects)

24. Perfect (Pink)

25. Price Tag (Jessie J)

26. Rise (McCain Sisters)

27. Roar (Katy Perry)

28. Say (John Mayer)

29. Selective Memory (Eels)

30. Some Nights (Fun)

31. Somebody I Used to Know (Gotye)

32. Someone Like You (Adele)

33. Stronger (Kelly Clarkson)

34. Superman (Five for Fighting)

35. The Climb (Miley Cyrus)

36. The Middle (Jimmy Eat World)

37. Treasure (Bruno Mars)

38. Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield)

39. Wake Me Up (Avicii)

40. We Are Young (Fun)

41. When I Look to the Sky (Train)

42. With Arms Wide Open (Creed)

43. You and Me (Lifehouse)


HOLIDAY SONGLIST 

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HOLIDAY


1. All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)

2. Baby, It’s Cold Outside

3. Christmas Time is Here

4. Do You Hear What I Hear

5. Feliz Navidad

6. Frosty The Snowman

7. Go Tell it On the Mountain

8. Happy Xmas (War is Over) (John Lennon)

9. Holly, Jolly Christmas

10. I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas

11. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

12. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

13. Jingle Bell Rock

14. Jingle Bells

15. Joy to the World

16. Let it Snow

17. Light One Candle

18. Monster Mash

19. O Chanukah, O Chanukah

20. O Come All Ye Faithful

21. O Holy Night

22. Over the River

23. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

25. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town 10

26. Shana Tova

27. Silent Night

28. Thanksgiving Song (Mary Chapin Carpenter)

29. The Christmas Song

30. Twelve Days of Christmas

31. Up on the Housetop

32. White Christmas

33. White Christmas

34. Winter Song (Ingrid Michaelson/Sara Bareilles)

35. Winter Wonderland

36. Wonderful Christmas Time 11


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ADVANCED LESSONS

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1. Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner

The intimacy of the unaccompanied voice is a powerful thing. This is a great example of a simple a capella tune used to tell a story of something dark and uncomfortable. Suzanne Vega’s voice is so warm and human, a quality we would seek to encourage our students to develop in their own voices because it makes whatever they do so much more inviting. In addition, of course, everybody knows the remix version, and so the original version is a brilliant way of getting students to “hear” musical possibilities that could go with a simple melodic line. That means they need to be able to hear (and describe) implied rhythmic and harmonic structures – a crucial ability in the making of improvised music with another person.

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ADVANCED LEVEL 

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2. Gavin Bryars (arr.) – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet

Gavin Bryars created this loop, which gradually gets built up with repetition, from a recording of a homeless man singing a song that was clearly deeply meaningful for him. As music therapists we are often privileged to hear people singing sings that mean everything to them, in fact which might be crucial for their identity and their principal source of hope. In such circumstances it is our responsibility to do exactly what Bryars has done here – to recognise the dignity, the humanity and the beauty of their music-making – and then to honour this in our response and support. For me this is every bit as beautiful as a Mozart sonata or a Brahms symphony: indeed, given the humanity invested in it, possibly even more so.

ADVANCED LEVEL 

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3. O’Hooley & Tidow – Two Mothers

This is one of the most beautiful songs I know – it tells a moving human story of love and loss so simply: there isn’t a note here that doesn’t need to be there. Keeping music simple when required is surprisingly difficult but something that all music therapists need to be able to do if they are to keep the focus on their clients and their narratives as well as on their singing or playing. Belinda and Heidi’s voices are so different but sound so complete together – again, a very useful model for music therapists.

ADVANCED LEVEL 

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4. One-Note Samba (by Jobim, performed by Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd, from the album “Jazz Samba”)

Samba is another style that we try to encourage our students to get into: it can seem really challenging at first, especially for students who are classically trained and have learned to restrain themselves. Samba has to be experienced physically but then turning that physical experience into music-making can be really difficult – a one-note approach can be the most amazing way in – not just to samba, but to many styles. One-note marches, one-note waltzes, one-note raps – they are all great learning tools which help us to focus on the fundamental characteristics of the styles in ways which also help us to hear the stylistic potentials in what might otherwise sometimes seem to be the limited music-making of some clients.

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ADVANCED LEVEL 

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5. Olivier Messiaen – Oiseaux exotiques

Olivier Messiaen’s music is a lifetime’s journey in itself – it’s extraordinary and full of inspiration for the sort of musical imagination and inventiveness that music therapists need to be able to draw upon. His harmonic language is something really wonderful, but I’ve chosen this piece for its imitation of bird song. Messiaen has this wonderful ability to pay musical attention to everything and thus to hear everything as music, and again this is an attitude that music therapists need to cultivate: there is potential for expression, for melody and rhythm, for interaction and making music together in every sound, whether it is intended as music or not. I once saw this piece being performed live in a rural barn and the birds around were drawn into listening and responding – just as we often seek to draw our clients in to being an active part of our response to them. And this piece works because Messiaen doesn’t just “copy” or “imitate” the bird calls – rather he transforms them so that they can be active protagonists in the musical drama.

ADVANCED LEVEL 

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7. Stockhausen Klavierstück IX (played by Pollini)

This is an inspiring example of how repetition and space are so powerful in music. When I discovered this music I was amazed by it. I still find a good live performance of it absolutely riveting, and that’s how music should be! It grips my attention and takes over my body …. I find myself breathing with it and being shocked and provoked and enlivened by the changes when they come. As music therapists, sometimes we find ourselves making music with people who “just repeat” – but there are so many possibilities in repetition. In music we can help people to experience their repetitions in very different ways, sometimes even shockingly different ways :in this way they encounter their own possibilities.

ADVANCED LEVEL 

Where Listening Meets Excellence

8. Berg Violin Concerto

I love the way Berg takes serialism and makes it human and even romantic. Despite the rigour of his compositional style, there is such a warmth here and a treasuring of small motifs. I use this with students because the opening motif on the violin is just each of the open strings in turn – going up and then going down again. This is what many people do when they first pick up a violin (because you can do it without using the fingers of your left hand) but Berg takes this absolutely seriously, transforming it into something complex, beautiful and expressive – absolutely what music therapists need to know can happen.

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9. Grimethorpe Colliery Band – Abide with Me

I’ve chosen this for two reasons. The first has to do with identity: I come from a part of the country where brass bands are part of our heritage, and this affects me even though I don’t play a brass instrument myself. There is something about the sound of a brass band, especially playing a hymn tune, that stirs my soul in ways I find difficult to explain. Understanding this connection between music and identity is important for music therapists and the best starting point is to reflect on our own musical identities. The second reason has to do with harmony. Simple four-part harmony can be very basic and restricting, or it can surprise and delight and subvert my expectations in ways I find irresistible. Putting these two reasons together, the harmony in this arrangement and the voicings of the various parts alter my perception not only of the hymn, but of the world around me. Many students associate four-pat harmony with old-style keyboard harmony tests, but it’s a living, breathing  powerful tool for offering new musical experiences to our clients.

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10. Russian National Anthem

This is such a musically powerful statement that it almost knocks you over! It is fun to think about the impressions made by different national anthems, how these are achieved musically, and how these effects might be useful in music therapy. This anthem is so strong and its lines are so long – the harmony just carries you inexorably towards its triumphant conclusion. It feels irresistible – which might be thrilling, or might be terrifying. Probably that’s the point. Music moves us because of its constituent elements, but the link between music and emotion isn’t straightforward – it’s mediated by context, by culture and by personal experience.

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12. The White Stripes – Seven-Nation Army

Apart from being very catchy, this song has a very clear structure which can be built up element by element so it’s a great example for helping students to think about how to get a group of people performing a song they are familiar with (even if they would describe themselves as non-musicians!) The bassline is simple and absolutely defines the character of the song – basslines are SO important (just ask any bass player!)

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13. Angels – Robbie Williams

This song arises very often in my work with adults: it’s very well known, very memorable, and all sorts of people seem to love it. When we think about song writing with our students, I often use this as an example of a song which has a really clear structure. In particular the introduction to the chorus suddenly departs from the relatively static contour of the verse by switching to the rising broken chord – and thrillingly it overshoots the tonic, landing on the note above on the first beat of the bar. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what all of that means: you can just feel it. The other thrilling bit is the instrumental break, where there Is a lovely structure which can contain all sorts of “freaking out”. This collocation of structure and freedom is crucial to music therapy.

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14. “Willkommen” from Cabaret

Cabaret isn’t really a genre – it’s a sort of attitude to all sorts of music coupled with an openness to the exaggerated and the unconventional situated in a certain kind of social setting. In these ways it’s rather like music therapy, and like music therapy it can embrace and make use of many styles. Lots of people know the musical Cabaret, which captures a certain era and place within which cabaret played a significant role. The opening song is a great example of how a vamping accompaniment can go on and on and underpin lots of words, bursting into life in the gaps with the chorus ..: “Willkommen ….”. This kind of vamping (which can go on for as long as is needed before returning to something familiar) is a very useful skill for Nordoff Robbins music therapists.

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15. Samidh Mukherjee – Loveria

One of the privileges of music therapy is the opportunity it presents to learn new music from the people we work with, many of whom come to music therapy with a strong sense of musical identity and taste. Part of the music therapist’s role is then to learn from the client – and this can lead to some challenging but wonderful musical discoveries. I’ve chosen to highlight two areas that I have learned from here. The first comes from Bangla pop – I didn’t realise until I started working with young Bengali people how popular this is and what a meeting ground it offers for different musical traditions. This is a film song and it’s bursting with fun, with opportunities for mass participation, and with opportunities for me to pick up snippets of musical character.

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16. Orchestra Baobab – Sibou Odia

Another discovery for me via music therapy is the music of Western Africa, especially Senegal. Orchestra Baobab’s music is often described as Afro-Cuban fusion but, whatever the label, it’s really inventive and from this I have learned about the wonderful possibilities for “roughness” in solos as well as the juxtaposition of lightness and intensity. There’s also a freedom to improvise within song structures, sometimes over long stretches of time. I sometimes use this to challenge students to “take their time”…no rushing allowed!

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16. Orchestra Baobab – Sibou Odia

Another discovery for me via music therapy is the music of Western Africa, especially Senegal. Orchestra Baobab’s music is often described as Afro-Cuban fusion but, whatever the label, it’s really inventive and from this I have learned about the wonderful possibilities for “roughness” in solos as well as the juxtaposition of lightness and intensity. There’s also a freedom to improvise within song structures, sometimes over long stretches of time. I sometimes use this to challenge students to “take their time”…no rushing allowed!

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17. MC Solaar – Samedi Soir

Hip hop isn’t just music, it’s a way of life, and for many of the people music therapists work with it is an obvious way to be expressive and to join with other people in music making.  Whilst some of our students are at home with rapping, others definitely aren’t. It’s a key genre for music therapists because of the freedom it brings and in encouraging students to develop this capacity, it sometimes helps not to worry about the words at first but just to experience the feel and sound of rap. And of course there isn’t just one way to rap: I love the French-language rap of West African musicians that comes out of France. I sometimes use this track to show how beautiful rap can be. It’s actually a hidden track at the end of M C Solaar’s “Cinquième As” and there is something satisfyingly “end of the day” about it which I love – it contrasts with what many people think rap has to be and opens up whole new vistas of musical experience. And if you don’t understand the words, it doesn’t matter: it might even help you to appreciate this as a purely musical experience.

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18. Arvo Pärt – De Profundis

The steadfastness of this music’s unchanging pulse combined with its large-scale dynamics – a massive crescendo followed by a corresponding diminuendo – make this compelling listening for me. This music unfolds very slowly but holds my attention throughout. At the same time the vocal lines are combined with real attention to the lyrical and it is a great exercise for students to improvise vocal duets in this style.

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19. Schumann – Cello Concerto (played by Steven Isserlis)

This piece probably isn’t as well-known as it should be – it dates from a time when Schumann’s life was being increasingly dominated by his mental illness. I use this (amongst a collection of pieces) to introduce the idea of creativity amidst mental illness to our students. It is important that our students understand that a psychiatric diagnosis doesn’t mean being without creativity: they need to learn to listen out for the well amidst the illness.

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20. “Short Tales from the Black Forest” from Friday Night in San Francisco (ft. John McLaughlin and Al DiMeola)

I have chosen this song not because it features two of the greatest guitarists I’ve ever heard, but because of the active role of the audience. It is often assumed, especially in Europe, that musicians play and non-musicians listen. But in fact, at its best, musical situations are much more interactive and intersubjective. Hear you can hear the audience becoming a part of the playful interaction – their whooping and cheering not only becomes part of the music but redirects it and helps to shape it. As Nordoff Robbins music therapists, we understand that everyone is a musician, and that every sound or movement someone makes can shape and redirect the music being made. Where we engage in performance events with our clients, we need to be thinking about the involvement of the audience in the event too.

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21. Grace Petrie –  Farewell to Welfare

There is a great and necessary tradition of the social and political protest song – it’s an important aspect of what music can be for people. Billy Bragg was part of my growing up and it cheers my soul to know that this tradition is still thriving and developing in the hands of people like Grace Petrie. Her passion and commitment are musically evident: I love the physicality of her performance – her whole body is devoted to the singing, playing and conveying of this song because its message is so important to her, and so she lives every musical nuance. That’s something that I think all music therapists can keep learning from – this music right now is the most important thing there is and my commitment to it has to be total.

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22. Richard Galliano – Improvisation on the theme “Libertango” by Piazzolla (from the album “Piazzolla Forever”)

Tango is a world of music in itself, full of variation, but always defined by discipline and commitment. I have chosen a track by Richard Galliano, a brilliant accordionist whose live performances are compelling. Although tango is traditionally for two, he does amazing performances with his accordion – and at times seems to be dancing with the instrument. It’s a great way of embodying the music. Lots of classical musicians are taught not to move whilst playing, but music is a physical thing. Our clients participate in music by moving and we have to as well! Tango is a great way of helping musicians to get physical.

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23. Keith Jarrett – the Köln Concert

As someone who uses the piano a great deal in music therapy, I couldn’t not include Keith Jarrett somewhere in this list. Jarrett and Glenn Gould both challenge and inspire me as a pianist within music therapy – I particularly love Jarrett’s ability to go in different directions, apparently inspired by something that just happens musically . I use his playing to show students (and remind myself) that something unexpected – even a supposed “mistake” – can be a fertile source of possibilities. In music therapy, nothing is wrong – everything is a possibility!

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