While most of the instrument songs I use in my music classes are pretty structured, sometimes you just have to dump a big bin of instruments in the middle of the room and let your students go to town.
That was my motive behind adapting the classic song “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” for instrument play with children. I had been singing it often with my older adult group, and loved the idea of putting a new spin on it for my little ones.
And while I give them plenty of freedom to play however they want during this song, I also give simple directions, like playing softly and then loudly, or slowly and then quickly. After all, I’m all about those goals!