Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Five: Hap Palmer songs you should know

So I'm going to take you back a couple decades to the Hap Palmer era. Hap Palmer earned a Master's degree in dance education in the early 80s, but was writing children's songs years before that, in the late 60s. The songs were written to enhance a number of developmental skills in young children. Below are five videos I found when conducting a youtube search, though you'll find he composed hundreds more.

The videos below can be used as is in session. But if you find these dated, I encourage you to let them inspire your own creativity! If you have any Hap Palmer songs of your own that you love, or any other ideas for that matter, please share!

Weekly Rap

Tap Your Sticks

Bean Bag Alphabet Rag

Let's All Clap Our Hands Together

The Mice Go Marching


  1. Hap was new back in my college days. I still use his stuff. It is easy to change up & insert breaks for those requiring longer response time. Thanks for bringing his materials out for others to experience.

  2. Hi, Michelle . . . . Just saw your sweet and supportive comment on Roia's blog so decided to check yours out. Terrific resources here but thought you might want to know that when I click on your Twitter button, it doesn't take me to your Twitter page. Please let me know what your Twitter ID is so that I can follow you.

    Thanks so much!

  3. Thanks JoAnn and Tamara for the comments!

    JoAnn, I think you're absolutely right about the adaptability of the Hap Palmer songs. I was listening to Raffi as a child, but I'm happy to have been introduced to the world of Hap. :)

    Tamara, thanks for reading and bringing the Twitter button prob to my attention... I'll have to work on it. And I plan to get a full profile going soon to make it easier for anyone wanting to contact.

    My twitter ID is @beyondthemusic_

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