Jim Gaven

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'Uka Ukulele’ is a song used to describe the instrument as well as give a little background on the instrument. It is played on the ukulele and helps children learn how to spell the words 'Hawaii' and 'Ukulele' as well. The zipped file includes a
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Friends Find Fun For Food’ is designed to be an Educational Picture Book about all the letters of the Alphabet. Throughout this 26 page book, each letter is represented with an alliteration sentence about food, hence the title, ‘Friends Find Fun
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This is a song that goes into detail about the percussion instrument, the egg shaker. Fun for the class to get into rhythm (in sync together) and keep the beat with directions in the song to follow along.
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Self-explantory game that I created while at my place of employment over the past 2 years. It is a form of Bingo, just using Musical Instruments instead of numbers. For instance, the top line of the game spells M-U-S-I-C instead of B-I-N-G-O. I
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This is an educational song for young children to sing about the importance of red lights and green lights when you're out on the road with mommy and daddy. The song also talks about the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street.
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'Excuse Me, I Sneezed' is an original song about the importance of manners and excusing yourself after a bodily function like sneezing. We have to make sure we cover our noses and even get a tissue when necessary--sometimes wash our hands to stop
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'Buckle Up' (The Seatbelt Song) is a self explanatory song about the importance of wearing a seatbelt, taking a step by step approach on how to put one on. Not only that, but it stresses the importance of overall safety in a moving vehicle. The
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This is a set of 6 songs (5 with a color associated with the tier of social skills, and 1 with all 5 colors combined into one) which lead us through the 6 Levels of Social Skills. Lyric and chord sheets along with the mp3's of all 6 songs are
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This is a song about saying, 'Hello' to your students as they enter the room or can be used as a first activity when everyone has already entered the room. I wrote it on the ukulele, but you can most certainly use a guitar or piano to convey the
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This is a song about saying, 'Goodbye' to your students as the class is coming to an end and everyone is gathering their belongings to move onto the next class or go home for the day. I wrote it on the ukulele, but you can most certainly use a
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This is my take on the famous song, 'La Cucaracha', with original lyrics by Jim Gaven, and original music from the Traditional Mexican Revolution era. The twist is that I use the melody of the song to put my own twist on playing the percussion
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This is a song which teaches tempo/rhythm by first starting slowly, and continually building up the speed in 4 different sections until the tempo reaches a crescendo, at which time, playing stops. I've used it where I encourage students to play
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This is a fun almost a cappella song about the kazoo. Of course, there are kazoo solo parts to have fun with and sing along with your students. Enjoy being silly with this small and simple instrument.
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This is a song written to teach children about the importance of saying, 'Please' and 'Thank You'. Attached to the .zip file is a live recorded version of the song as well as the lyrics with the chords used to play the song.
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This is a song written for children in elementary school to reiterate the importance of saying, 'I Love You' to people you care about in different ways. Olive Juice and Elephant Shoes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0
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Handshakes and High Fives-This is an original song about personal space where some people may not like to be hugged or kissed right away, so we start out by greeting them with a handshake and/or high-five. The zipped file includes a rough live
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This is an instrumental music recording done by Jim Gaven to make students more aware of their surroundings as well as increase brain function and relax your body. You'll notice in the word document attached how long each section of the recording
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The idea of this activity is to give students the responsibility of making their own choice as to what key of music they’d like to listen to by selecting a corresponding color. This is taking the Major Musical Note Color Coded Program (A-G major
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The idea of this activity is to give students the responsibility of making their own choice as to what key of music they’d like to listen to by selecting a corresponding song in that key. This is taking the Major Musical Note Color Coded Program and
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This is a song I wrote about myself arriving at all the various buildings/facilities I go to on a daily basis. Everyone calls me, 'The Music Man', so I thought it would be best to capture that idea and put it in a song for when a class, lesson,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have taught music at the introductory and intermediate levels to over 60 students in the past 7 years. The amazing thing is that it's been with a system I created for teaching music to people with developmental disabilities and improving retention of musical terms, musical notes, and melody with lyrics, which is easily transferable to elementary school aged children.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I mostly teach by color coded notes on the piano and guitar. In addition to teaching piano and guitar, I also teach percussion/drums, ukulele, and vocals (different warm-up and main activities). For me, it is a very hands on approach where I encourage students to participate along with me in every step of the way. I feel that if you make it fun for yourself, it will show, and inspire others to want to be a part of it. After all, positive energy is contagious!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Big East Academic All-Star all 4 years at Seton Hall University. Employee of the Year at the Arc Mercer in 2013. Frontpage honors on Purevolume.com.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Seton Hall University in May 2006. Minor in Communications.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Self-taught guitarist, bassist, pianist, ukulele player, percussionist/drummer, and vocalist. Not only do I play these instruments, but I write, record, produce, promote, market, book, and publish original songs as well as represent 10 other artists music through my publishing company, Key of Awesome Music, LLC (BMI).

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