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Mixing It Up

by Margie La Bella

Parents, teachers, therapists and Kids alike will move and play along to this action-based award winning CD specifically designed by a music therapist to help kids improve skills in language, creative thinking, concept development and listening skills.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hey Hello
4:08 $0.99
2. Move It to the Music
2:31 $0.99
3. I've Got the Music in Me
3:03 $0.99
4. The Body Rap
2:37 $0.99
5. Everybody Touch Your Head
3:35 $0.99
6. We All Have Feelings
3:18 $0.99
7. Tweet Tweet Little Birdy
3:03 $0.99
8. Very Best Band
3:12 $0.99
9. Everybody Touch Your Head (Fill-in Version)
3:35 $0.99
10. Jump High, Turn Around
2:19 $0.99
11. Reggae Turtles (Teddies to Turtles)
3:15 $0.99
12. Sharing, Caring, Moving and Growing
4:46 $0.99
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SHORT BIO And REVIEWS (below bio.)

Hi! My name is Margie La Bella and I’ve been working as a music therapist with kids since the mid-80s. I’ve never written blogs before so please have patience with me as I fumble my way about. I figure after 20-something years working with kids, I must have something to say about life as a music therapist so here goes…..

The special education school I work at serves young children ages 2-5 in a 10 or 12 month program-depending upon what’s written in the IEP. I also co-facilitate a “Mommy and Me” group for tots aged 1 1/2to 3 years old with the developmental gym teacher. We both have master’s degrees in special education. Most of the tykes fits somewhere on the spectrum, and have severe language, conceptual, and social skills issues. I’ve loved having college music therapy student observers, fieldworkers, and interns from the nearby university come and learn how to think like a (music) therapist and facilitate successful groups.

During my first 13 years of work, my school had a program for older kids aged 6-14 and they were diagnosed as having autism, downs syndrome, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and/or emotional problems. I did my internship at a residential school with kids who contended with severe learning disabilities, behavioral issues and/or developmental delays. So I've been around the block. Presently we serve children ages 2-5 and their families.

Real quick about why I chose music therapy as a profession. I wanted to give others the bright light and open door that music provided for me as a kid growing up. So far so good on that. Why do I stay with music therapy? 1. Music (correctly and strategically applied) is a powerful force for growth, change and learning. 2. The brain is “driven” to establish, reinforce, and maintain functioning pathways as well as create alternative/new roads to get jobs done when there is injury, interference or new circumstances.

I was happy to obtain a certificate special education certificate from the state in 2002 and have also obtained the status of music teacher and creative arts therapist.

After completing my school work, I set about compiling, arranging and recording the numerous songs I'd written over the years. The result is the
"Move! Sing! Play along and Learn" series of 4 CDs written for all types of learners. It's been about five years since I've recorded music and I can't wait to get back in the studio.
Several speech therapists have suggested that I arrange standard children's songs so that kids with apraxia and other speech difficulties can sing along. That's my next and upcoming CD!

Dear Margie,

Congratulations! Your CD set is a PAL Award winner! I awarded the whole set because I thought they were outstanding in each area you addressed--receptive language, expressive language, auditory discrimination and processing and just having fun singing! You managed to produce a great product for ALL kids with a sensitivity to children with special needs. – Sherry Artemenko MA, SLP-CCC

Feel free to use your winner's review emphasizing the language learning value in your CD's:

The “Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!” CD series is a treat for parent and child or teacher and class. Margie La Bella’s pleasant, soothing voice is easy to understand as she gently encourages kids to listen and learn through music. As a music therapist and special educator, she has written and produced lively entertaining songs for all kids introducing them to pop, jazz, folk, rap, swing, reggae and world music styles. The first CD in the series, “Move!” focuses on building receptive language skills as kids follow directions to “rub your tummy until the music stops,” follow the “Multi-Step Blues,” or learn concepts in the “Opposite Jam.” Move on to “Sing!” and enjoy vocal play and expressive language as kids learn to follow fun syllables that lead to a song about Mister Monkey or the Leeway Train with related actions to match the rhythm. The “Play!” CD builds auditory discrimination and processing as kids move to the sounds of rhythm instruments and their homemade band–imitating and learning soft/loud, slow/fast, matching movements to representative musical patterns and instruments. Raise your arms up and down to the slide whistle, or stamp your feet to the drum as sounds and directions are combined to build memory. Finally, “Mixing it Up!” combines the lessons learned and gets kids moving, singing and playing because now “I’ve Got the Music In Me.” “Body Rap” is one of my favorites as, “I saw my hands and they started to clap, I thought of my nose and my face started humming, my whole body started to move and my shoulders got in the groove” as movements are added while matched to a body part and rhythmic phrase. So gather the kids around to move to the music and maybe in the middle of all the fun, we’ll produce some good little listeners.
Available at musictherapytunes.com,

This is what makes all of my life efforts worth it:

" The first words out of her mouth was the song that I have taught the kids for a warm up (which they love!) "Open Your Mouth and say Ahhhhh!" (readers: this is from the Sing CD) And then words just started happening! So we are ALL excited...

"Every few months, when my ears start getting sensitive and I start to lose my mental stability, I listen to your songs on headphones and it re-calibrates my brain...... Your music isn't just for kids."

By Jim Cox
Midwest Book Review
Music therapist and special educator Margaret La Bella presents Move! Sing! Play Along and Learn!, a set of five music CDs for children of all ages, meant to do more than just entertain. Drawing upon pop, jazz, folk, rap, swing, reggae and more styles from around the world, this series encourages children to participate, promoting their development through interaction. "Sing!" consists of action-packed songs with words and simple sentences that children can voice, promoting speech and auditory skills. "Play!" includes songs about movement, body percussion, and the use of simple rhythm instruments, encouraging children to develop their motor and rhythm skills. "Move!" features plenty of action-driven songs about following directions and learning simple physical and motion concepts. "Mixing It Up!" blends singing, movement, body percussion, and the use of simple rhythm instruments into a joyful, interactive whole. And "Sampler" collects two songs from each of the previous four albums into an eclectic medley. The entire series is a choice pick for elementary school libraries, parents, babysitters, and children's parties.


Film advisory Board, Inc.

October 29, 2010

Ms. Margie La Bella
Music Therapy Tunes
81 Bergen Drive
Deer Park, NY 11729

Dear Ms. La Bella,

The Film Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Move! Sing! Play along and Learn Series has been honored with the Award on Excellent Tribute.

"Get your ears in gear" is the perfect description for the technique Music Therapy tunes uses in developing young people's audio and motor skills and for adults who require special training in these skills. Your CD shakes it all together into a powerful concoction that makes one leap for joy.

The music arrangements coupled with simple whimsical lyrics can provoke many interesting expressions that are unique to each child. This sense of understanding the simple directions of each tune can be the seed for creative development that Music Therapy Tunes offers.


“It integrates well with the general music curriculum, and works great with the inclusion kids.”
“My students ask for it every lesson!” “I keep it in my emergency substitute kit.”
-- Carole Pearce, MS Music Ed.

“Children and parents alike will enjoy Miss Margie’s innovative songs, each one cleverly using a different style of pop music and each one ingeniously orchestrated. From the first note to the last, my kids sang and danced.” -- Christine Bouton, Professional musician and mother of two

“They just want to listen to it constantly…in the car, in the house, in their headphones.
They can’t get enough of it.” -- Mary Ellen Lowery, MOT (mom of two)

“Margie’s lush voice is easy to listen to and her harmonies are fun for kids and adults to sing along with. I’ve got the Music in Me has great sounds and rhythms as do all of her songs whether they are rap, pop, jazz, folk, reggae, swing, or world music. [The title song] is ideal for incorporating “round” singing and rudimentary choreography where each group moves to a melody or harmony line....The sound is very good and the material is excellent.!
--Patricia P. Owner of SR Catalog, Distributor of fine dance and music products

On the first listen my 5 and 9-year old and I were dancing up a storm”
Margie’s music encourages movement and verbal and nonverbal expression, with easy to understand directions (lyrics.) Other songs are very soothing and gentle incorporating types of language concepts necessary during the preschool years.” -Debbie V. SLP Speech and Language Pathologist
“My children love them. They keep playing it over and over. Even my two-year-old
knows all the words.!” -Patricia F. Teacher and mother of two

“Margie combines language with music to produce a valuable educational tool.”
-Jody Anne Koch M.A.CCC-SLP (Speech and Language Pathologist.)

It’s geared to the younger audience, but the music is innovative. The whole family can enjoy it.”
-Bob and Mary Ellen Lowery

“The lyrics are educational in that they challenge children’s comprehension skills. The instrumental tracks address the child’s need to be motivated through movement.”
-Scott Agnew, M.S. Ed., School Psychologist

“My kids play it in the car. They sing all the words and anticipate the movements.
They sing it at the dinner table.” -Rosemary W., O.T.R.

“The kids love it they actually say “Oh, I love that song. I want to do it again! The preschool teachers use it during their circle time. It’s been used throughout the whole interdisciplinary department. I’ve given it as a gift to two special needs kids. Their moms use it to carry over our developmental motor skills program that we started at school. It’s great for my professional work. It’s fun for me to listen to, too; I love it.”
-Molly S., O.T.R. Occupational Therapist.

"Thanks Margie, Definitely spreading the word. I'm a teacher in a special school with children with complex needs. Really enjoy your music and can't wait to share it with the kids."
Regards M.



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