Guitar Songbook for Music Therapy


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This eclectic book compiles music for use in a variety of settings from children to adults.  Split up into two, three and four chord songs, it contains songs such as The Farmer in the Dell, I’m Gonna Sing, Marianne, On Top of Old Smokey, Red River Valley and so many more.  A very complete songbook for overall music therapy use.  -Jenny


Guitar Songbook for Music Therapy: A Collection of Spirituals, Children and Folk Songs
By Kathryn Scheldt and Frances McClain
111 pages

The purpose of this songbook is threefold. First, it is a collection of familiar spirituals, folk and children's songs appropriate for individuals of different ages and abilities. Second, this book is intended to help music therapy students gain proficiency in guitar skills, while also providing a repertoire of songs. Third, this book is a resource which illustrates how songs can be adapted to facilitate cognitive, motor, language, social/behavioral, music, creative and expressive skills.

The organization of the book is developmental.  It is divided into four sections:

I. Two chord songs in the keys of D, G, C, A, E, and F major.

II. Two chord songs in the keys of a, e, and d minor.

III. Three and four chord songs in the keys of D, G, C, A, E, and F

IV. Songs using the twelve bar blues

Content of Songs:

Part I: Two chord songs (I - V7)

D - A7

Hush Little Baby

Farmer in the Dell

Mulberry Bush

Are you Sleeping

The More We Get Together

Did You Ever See a Lassie


G - D7

I'm Gonna Sing

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel

Going Over the Sea


C - G7

Rock-A My Soul

He's Got the Whole World


Everybody Loves Saturday Night


A - E7

Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be

We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder

Billy Boy


E - B7

Down in the Valley

Angel Band

Standin' in the Need of Prayer


F - C7

Ha, Ha, This-A-Way

Lobby Lou

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here


Songs for Transposing by Ear and Capo

Mary had a Little Lamb/Merrily We Roll Along

This Old Man

Wheels on the Bus

Itsy, Bitsy Spider

London Bridge

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Old MacDonald


II. Two Chord Minor Songs

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

Go Down, Moses

Shalom Chaverim

Hey, Ho! Nobody Home


III. Three and Four Chord Songs

Key of D

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

Red River Valley

Auld Lang Syne

Home on the Range


Key of G


Down by the Bay

She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain

This Little Light of Mine

Hokey Pokey

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

Worried Man Blues


Key of A

Over the River and Through the Woods

Jamaica Farewell

Deep and Wide


Key of C

I Bought Me a Cat

On Top of Old Smokey

Kum Ba Yah

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Head, Shoulders

I've Been Working on the Railroad

Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad

Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

Oh, When the Saints


Key of E

Happy Birthday

All Night, All Day

Amazing Grace

Down by the Riverside


Key of E

If You're Happy

Do Lord, Remember Me


IV. Twelve Bar Blues

Joe Turner Blues (Key of A)

Joe Turner Blues (Key of E)

Credit Card Blues


Content of Adaptations

Greeting Songs

Everbody Loves Saturday Night

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow

Hail, Hail, The Gang's All Here


Cognitive/Academic Concepts

Angel Band                               Multiplication

Are You Sleeping                      Color Identification

BINGO                                      Spelling words

Farmer in the Dell                     Community Helpers

Going Over the Sea                  Counting

I Bought Me a Cat                    Animals

Mulberry Bush                          Self-Help Skills

Old MacDonald                         Instruments

Twinkle, Twinkle                       Alphabet



Bluebird                                   Circle Game

Deep and Wide                       Directionality Concepts

Did You Ever See a Lassie      Directionality Concepts

Farmer in the Dell                   Circle Game

Going Over the Sea                Movements Associated with Numbers

Ha, Ha, This-A-Way                 Movement and Directionality

Head, Shoulders                     Body Identification

Hokey Pokey                           Circle Dance

If You're Happy                       Body Movement

Looby Lou                               Body Movement and Directionality

She'll Be Comin'....                  Motions and Gestures

The Bear Went Over...            Animal Movements

This Old Man                           Movement Associated with Numbers


Emotional Expression

Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round

Credit Card Blues

Going Down the Road

Joe Turner Blues

Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be

Sometimes I Fell Like a Motherless Child

Worried Man Blues


Instrument Playing

Down by the Riverside                    Rhythmic Accompaniment

Everybody Loves Saturday Night    Rhythm Instruments

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel                   Rhythmic Accompaniment

Hush Little Baby                              Melodic Accompaniment

Oh When the Saints                        Rhythmic Accompaniment

Old MacDonald                                Instrument Identification

Rock-A My Soul                                Rhythmic Accompaniment

Standin' in the Need of Prayer        Rhythmic Accompaniment

We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder     Rhythmic and Melodic Echoing


Songwriting and Creativity

Auld Lang Syne

Billy Boy

Down By the Bay

He's Got the Whole World

Home on the Range








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