Easy as 1,2,3,4.

School is back in full swing for us Music Therapy majors, and pretty soon all the kids will be back in session as well.  I came across this awesome rendition of a popular song via Julie Krieger: student, professional, and mom.  Feist’s song “1234” was featured on Sesame Street when she was a guest, however, it got a child friendly face-lift to appeal to the audiences.  I think it’s great- and the first thing I thought of when hearing it? Music Therapy. 

  • It’s great because young kids will love it for what it is. A fun kid’s song that talks about animals and numbers.
  • Adolescents or older children that say- need to work on basic academics- will appreciate that it’s not as “kiddie” and more traditional number songs.
  • Lyrics can be adapted even further to count higher.
  • Use it as a movement song by having number cards on the floor- have client skip from number to number when cued.
  • Use animal/object/people cards as cues, as well as number cards to prompt counting.

Feist Sesame Street 1234 Lyrics

One, two, three, four
monsters walking ‘cross the floor
I love counting, counting to the number four

Oh you counting, counting with me
to one less than five, and one more than three

Oh, Oh, Oh, we’re counting to four
Oh, Oh, Oh, let’s count some more

One, two, three, four
penguins that went by the door
I love counting, counting to the number four

I see four here, I see four there
favorite number, nothing can compare

Oh, Oh, Oh we’re counting to four
Oh, Oh, Oh let’s count some more

One, two, three, four
chickens just back from the shore
I love counting, counting to the number four

Oh, Oh, Oh we’re counting to four
Oh, Oh, Oh lets count some more

One, two, three, four
chickens just back from the shore

One, two, three, four
penguins that went by the door

One, two, three, four
monsters walking ‘cross the floor

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2 Comments

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2 responses to “Easy as 1,2,3,4.

  1. Sarah Russell

    Hi Sarah! I remember seeing this post months ago and decided I needed to switch things up today so I am incorporating it into several sessions this morning 🙂 Thanks!

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