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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Special Dogs 2...They Taught Me

Lessons Learned

Collaborative Songwriting About Therapy Dogs

This song was written for and with elementary students about the very special therapy dogs that visit their classroom. These special dogs bring a great deal of joy and comfort to these precious children. The children generated lists of adjectives about each dog. Utilizing these words, we talked together about rhyme and rhythm, verse, chorus, and bridge as parts of a song, and the usefulness of creating motions to help us remember words. We set their ideas to music and this YouTube clip is the result of our collaborative efforts. We decided that being composers is quite a lot of fun especially when you are composing a song about something as wonderful as these very special therapy dogs.