Old Song, New Tricks: A Summer Classic and Free Ocean Scene!

Summer is here! But don’t let summer-vacation-itis get the best of your creativity!

Here’s a familiar song approached in a different way.

Think back to your playground days…. Remember…

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea!
To see what he could see, see, see,
And all that he could see, see, see,
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea!

Of course! What a fun hand game, and a repetitive, catchy tune. Talk about a music therapist’s paradise.

I’ve chosen to use the song with a couple of my groups. I pass out the drums (well, cajon tabs), and I start to play the song. I’m lucky enough to have a partner right now, so I use her to demonstrate what exactly I’m looking for with the drumming. Peer model’s are also a-mayy-zing.

I have them drum every time we sing the word ‘sea/see’.

OceanWe sing through a couple times, and once they get the hang of it, I send around a sheet and have the clients choose what they want to sing in the song next (lyrics & pdf to come!!) Then I use a dry erase marker to cross out the ones that have already been picked. This way, the song stays interesting and somewhat novel, plus my clients love making choices. Give them choices- give them voices

And as the song slowly goes on, we sing faster and faster!

Here’s some ways you can use this song in your summer sessions…

Think about this for groups: Pass out the drums, and challenge your group to listen and play every time you say ‘sea/see’. Depending on the group, you could also do this with body percussion!

One step further could be to have the group only play on certain lines, so 1 & 3 or 2 & 4.

You could also encourage them to play on a certain ‘see/sea’ in each line, so just the first or last.

Using a sheer blue cloth could be a great way to incorporate sensory play in the music. Moving it up and down, side to side, make your own ocean!

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what he could see, see, see,
And all that he could see, see, see,
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea!

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what he could see, see, see,
And all that he could see, see, see,
Was   starfish   in the deep blue sea sea sea!

The starfish in the sea, sea, sea,
Was happy in the sea, sea, sea,
And all that he could see, see, see,
Was a   shark   in the deep blue sea, sea, sea!

The shark in the sea, sea, sea….and so on!

Here’s a PDF of the visual I use as well, enjoy!    Ocean

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