Music Resources Supporting Student’s SEL Success

Music Resources Supporting Student’s SEL Success

Music Resources Supporting Student's SEL Success

Published January 26, 2024 in Category

Once a year I contact principals and schools in my database to let them know about new resources that will benefit their students and staff. This year the subject was “Songs For Schools.”

Written with over 60,000 students, these 10 songs, 40 videos, 10 lyric/chord charts & copyright music license spark joy, build essential skills, save your teachers precious time and support student’s SEL.

Benefits for Students: Music-Fueled Learning

Imagine your students:

Singing along with catchy melodies: These songs spark enthusiasm and joy and make learning fun.
Building empathy and kindness: These songs explore themes important to students, like friendship, inclusion, and respect, fostering positive social experiences.
Expressing themselves freely: Dance moves, sing-alongs, and creative activities encourage confident self-expression and emotional release.
Transforming classrooms: The music becomes a shared experience, fostering unity and confident learners.
Developing essential life skills: From coordination and rhythm to critical thinking and problem-solving, these songs go beyond entertainment.

Here's how the 10 songs address key SEL skills:

Empathy and Kindness: "Fill My Bucket" and "Setse Gohndeh" encourage understanding and compassion towards others.
School Spirit and Inclusion: "Tu n’es pas Seul," "We Love Our School," and "When I'm With You" celebrate belonging and community.
Self-Respect and Healthy Choices: "Live the Good Life" and "The Awesome Song" promote self-worth and positive decision-making.

More than just songs: each song has 4 companion videos:

Story Behind the Song Videos: Connect students to the music's meaning through behind-the-scenes glimpses.
Lyric Videos: Make sing-alongs easy with on-screen lyrics displayed in your classroom.
Tutorial Videos: Make it easy for students to learn to play the songs on ukulele

Transform your classroom as students connect through the power of music!

Benefits for Teachers: Streamline SEL & Save Time

Feeling overwhelmed by limited resources and packed lesson plans? Finding engaging SEL activities that fit your curriculum and don't require hours of preparation can be a struggle. That's where Songs For Schools offers a win-win solution for you and your students:

Save Precious Time:

Ditch the late-night searches and say goodbye to piecing together resources! These fully-developed songs and videos are ready to use whenever you need them.
Each song comes with 4 additional videos, including lyric videos, tutorials, and behind-the-scenes peeks, providing a wealth of engaging material at your fingertips.

Simplify Curriculum Integration:

Aligned with core social-emotional learning standards, these songs seamlessly integrate into your existing curriculum, saving you valuable planning time.
No more struggling to find age-appropriate songs that address crucial SEL competencies like empathy, self-esteem, and conflict resolution.

Boost Student Engagement:

Captivate your class: These catchy melodies and relatable lyrics instantly grab students' attention and keep them actively involved.
Promote active learning: From sing-alongs and movement activities, these resources go beyond passive listening, inspiring creativity and deeper understanding.
See the transformation: Witness improved participation, better focus, and a more positive learning environment as your students connect with the music.

Reduce Stress and Burnout:

Enjoy your teaching again: Songs For Schools empower you to deliver impactful SEL lessons with confidence, reducing stress and leaving you more time for other tasks.
Rediscover the joy: Let the music do the work! See your students blossom and experience the renewed satisfaction of engaging, effective teaching.

More than just music:

Professional Production: Enjoy top-quality sound and stunning 4K videos that captivate students and elevate the learning experience.
One-time purchase: No subscription fees or hidden costs. Access all the resources for a single, affordable price.
30-day money-back guarantee: Invest with confidence knowing you have nothing to lose.

Budget-Friendly Solution for Big Impact

I understand that every school operates within budgetary constraints. That's why I designed these music resources to be accessible and affordable for all, offering exceptional value compared to alternative solutions:

One-Time Payment, No Recurring Costs:

Unlike monthly subscriptions or individual song purchases, you get lifetime access to all 10 songs, 40 videos, lyric/chord charts, and the copyright license for a single, affordable price of $97.

No hidden fees or surprise charges, just a clear and transparent investment.

Compare the Savings:

Imagine spending hours searching for free resources online, only to end up with a hodgepodge of inconsistent quality.
Consider the cost of individual song licenses or subscriptions to music streaming services, which can quickly add up.
This comprehensive resource package offers significantly greater value and convenience for a fraction of the price.

Focus on What Matters Most:

Free yourself from the financial juggling act and direct your budget towards essential resources and classroom needs.
Invest in high-quality, professionally produced materials that will last for years to come, supporting your students' social-emotional development with every use.

Peace of Mind with 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

I’m confident that these music resources will exceed your expectations. However, if you're not completely satisfied, I offer a hassle-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Don't Let Budget Constraints Hold You Back

Music is a powerful tool for social-emotional learning, and it shouldn't be out of reach for any school. Our affordable solution empowers you to make a positive impact on your students' lives without breaking the bank.

Transform Your Classroom Today!

Ready to ditch the frustration and embrace the solution? "Songs For Schools" is just a click away from transforming your classroom:

Take Action Now:

Visit my website: https://rikleaf.com
Click "Unlock Now" to access the library of curated songs and ready-to-use videos.
Start your free trial: Experience the power of music for yourself before you buy
Unleash the potential: Experience the magic of music in your classroom.

Don't wait:

This is a limited-time introductory offer.

Secure your access to these valuable resources at a discounted price.
Invest in your students' success and your own teaching fulfillment.

Don't let outdated resources and time constraints hold you back.

Visit https://rikleaf.com today and unlock the world of "Songs For Schools"!

I appreciate teachers, and I'm passionate about supporting you in that mission.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how my music resources can specifically benefit your school, please don't hesitate to contact me. I'm happy to provide additional information or schedule a quick call to explore your needs further.

I hope you have a great year!

Rik

W: https://rikleaf.com

P.S. Visit my website today to take advantage of this limited-time offer!

Try Songs For School With No Risk

Try a sample for FREE right now! Play them for your students. Teach them how to play the songs on ukulele. If you love the resources as much as I think you will, the entire Songs For Schools, Volume 1 is on sale now for just $97. One time payment.

Transform Your Classrooms with Songs for Schools

If after 30 days you’re not 100% satisfied, just let me know and I’ll be happy to refund you 100% of your money. I want this journey to be risk-free for you and your students.

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Music For Elementary Schools Gets a Long Overdue Makeover

Music For Elementary Schools Gets a Long Overdue Makeover

Music For Elementary Schools Gets a Long Overdue Makeover

Published January 26, 2024 in Category

 "Music can change the world, because it can change people"

– Bono (Source: Interview at the 1983 US Music Festival)

Finding Great Music Shouldn’t Be a Struggle: And Teachers Shouldn’t Accept That It Is

Studies show music boosts brain development, strengthens memory, and even enhances learning across subjects. But every teacher knows, finding music that actually engages students is a struggle.

Teachers need music that connects. Music that inspires. Music that empowers. And in 2024 it’s absolutely reasonable for educators to raise the bar and expect more from music created for elementary schools. Can we be honest and address the elephant in the room…there is a lot of terrible music out there.

And it’s not just the elephants, outdated songbooks, budget constraints, and curriculum demands make it even harder for teachers to find age-appropriate, engaging songs.

The Creative Solution to a Boring Problem

Songs For Schools is a collection of songs written with over 60,000 students from hundreds of classrooms in English, French Immersion and Indigenous schools. They are catchy and fun to sing, but they also capture the ideas, hopes and dreams important to elementary students.

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike”
– Maya Angelou, Letter To My Daughter

Songs like, ‘Fill My Bucket’ and ‘Setse Gohndeh’ explore empathy, friendship and kindness.‘Tu n’es pas Seul’ ‘We Love Our School’ and ‘When I’m With You’ celebrate school spirit, inclusion and friendship. Live the Good Life and The Awesome Song touch on self-respect, healthy life choices and friendship. And there are many more songs.

Do You Remember Overhead Projectors and Transparencies?

Have you been teaching long enough to remember overhead projectors and transparencies? Because some schools still rely on aging songbooks and melodies from that era. Trying to engage today's students with those relics is more like teaching history than music.

Budget cuts make purchasing new resources a constant battle and principles and teachers are constantly left choosing between essential classroom supplies.

The thing is…you get what you pay for. So when teachers are left cobbling together a mish-mash of freebies from YouTube, schools end up with music that makes students groan instead of sing. Pretty soon your class is begging you NOT to play music…and that’s just wrong!

“It’s high time we raise the bar on what we expect from music for elementary schools”
– Rik Leaf, Songwriter/Producer of Songs For Schools

Pull Music From the Bottom of the Priority Pile

Between core curriculum demands and ever-growing class sizes, squeezing in engaging music sessions can feel like fitting an elephant into a teacup. From finding the perfect song to creating lesson plans and activities, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the content creation workload.

It isn't just about finding catchy tunes. You need music that encourages participation, movement, and creative expression. Otherwise, those "sing-alongs" turn into silent stares, with eyes glazing over faster than a metronome on fast-forward.

"Songs For Schools" Rides to the Rescue

Picture this: your students are excited to sing together. They love to watch the Story Behind the Song videos. Imagine them jumping out of their desks when the lyric video so they can do the actions or grabbing their ukuleles, music charts and pressing play on a tutorial video as they learn to play and sing these songs on their own.

"Songs For Schools" is the evolution of arts in education. It’s raising the bar head and shoulders above the Itsy Bitsy Spider and the Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round.
Volume 1 is a collection of hand-picked, catchy, age-appropriate songs that resonate with today's students. From upbeat anthems that celebrate school spirit to quiet melodies that promote mindfulness, this collection keeps every lesson fresh and engaging.

Save Teachers Time and Your School Money

Affordable and accessible, you can ditch the financial juggling act and focus on incorporating music into your classroom culture. No more late-night music searches! These songs and videos were professionally produced. Each song features 4 videos. What you need, when you need it.

  • Story Behind the Song: These 5 minute videos share the behind the scenes story of the writing and recording of each song, providing greater understanding and connection
  • Lyric Videos: Press play and instantaly have the lyrics project on the smartboard in your classroom, making it easy and fun for your students to sing along
  • Tutorial Videos: These videos teach students how pop, rock and self taught musicians learn how to play music. Press play and watch your students discover the joy of making music on their own
  • Live Performance Videos: Seeing other schools singing these songs, doing actions and dancing will inspire your students to do the same

These interactive songs encourage participation, movement, and creative expression. Students won't just be singing along – they'll be dancing, acting, and composing their own masterpieces. We've taken the frustration out of music in education, replacing it with an easy, efficient, and fun solution.

The Benefits for Your Classroom

For Students:

  • Say goodbye to bored faces and hello to enthusiastic participation!
  • Watch your students blossom as their brains dance to the rhythm of learning.
  • Let your students sing, dance, and express themselves in unique and joyful ways.
  • Watch your classroom transform into a harmonious choir of confident learners.
  • From coordination and rhythm to critical thinking and problem-solving, strengthen a range of life skills that benefit students.

For Teachers:

  • Save Precious Time: Forget the late-night planning sessions! Free up your valuable time for other tasks.
  • Simplify Curriculum Integration: No more struggling to find age appropriate songs that support social and emotional development of your students.
  • Boost Student Engagement: These songs and activities keep students enthralled, leading to improved participation, better focus, and a positive learning environment.
  • Reduce Stress and Burnout: "Songs For Schools" makes your job easier and more fulfilling. Leave the frustration behind and rediscover the joy of teaching!
  • Empower Yourself as a Music Educator: Feel confident and equipped to deliver impactful music lessons that lead your students on a musical journey of discovery.

"Songs For Schools" doesn't just benefit students, it empowers teachers to be their best selves. These music resources are a win-win for everyone, which is why principals and teachers say;

Build Self-Esteem, Motivation and Resilience in Your Students

“Rik’s ability to connect with the students and staff was amazing and he left us with the message that positive risk taking is what makes life interesting and worthwhile. It is without hesitation that I recommend Rik Leaf to schools wishing to build self-esteem, motivation and resilience in their students.”
Laurie Wright, Principal, Bert Ambrose School

Get Excited and Stay Focused!

“Rik worked with our school to write a song called, Change the World. Throughout the year we play the song over the intercom when we have an assembly, so all the students can sing 'their' song as they walk through the halls. It's a great way to get excited and stay focused”
Broyden Bennett, Principal, Ecole Central Elementary School

Teach the Worth of Curriculum in Life

“It is one thing to follow the curriculum. It is another to teach its worth in our lives. Rik Leaf did just that! I highly recommend to other schools.”
Gretchen Day, Teacher, Heart Lake Secondary School

Open the Floodgates of Creativity

“You tease all our senses through your performance and what you leave behind is a warm memory and the desire to open the floodgates of our own creativity. Who could ask for more!”
Brent Kaulback, Regional Director, South Slave District School District

Ditch the Frustration & Embrace the Solution

Ready to ditch the frustration and embrace the solution? "Songs For Schools" is just a click away from transforming your classroom. Visit https://rikleaf.com now and hit the "Unlock Now" button to:

  • Access our expansive library of curated songs and ready-to-use videos.
  • Say goodbye to budget woes: "Songs For Schools" fits any school's budget.
  • Enjoy a risk-free experience: Our 30-day money-back guarantee ensures your complete satisfaction.

This is a chance to empower your students and rediscover your own joy in teaching.
Music education ignites minds, fosters creativity, and builds confidence. Don't let outdated resources and time constraints hold you back.

"Songs For Schools" is your all-in-one solution: Engaging songs and videos are just a click away.Transform your classroom: Rediscover the joy of teaching, witness the power of music, and watch your students blossom.

Visit https://rikleaf.com and unlock the world of "Songs For Schools" today!

Try Songs For School With No Risk

Try a sample for FREE right now! Play them for your students. Teach them how to play the songs on ukulele. If you love the resources as much as I think you will, the entire Songs For Schools, Volume 1 is on sale now for just $97. One time payment.

Transform Your Classrooms with Songs for Schools

If after 30 days you’re not 100% satisfied, just let me know and I’ll be happy to refund you 100% of your money. I want this journey to be risk-free for you and your students.

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Top 10 Ways Smart Teachers Use “Songs For Schools” To Make Every Day Better

Top 10 Ways Smart Teachers Use “Songs For Schools” To Make Every Day Better

Top 10 Ways Smart Teachers Use “Songs For Schools” To Make Every Day Better

Published January 17, 2024 in Category

10 Ten Ways Smart Teachers Use 'Songs For Schools' To Make Every Day Better

This is a teacher's guide to show you how some teachers are using 'Songs For Schools' to hack the cycle of unmotivated and uninspired students. 

So without further ado, these are the Top 10 Ways Smart Teachers Use “Songs For Schools” To Make Every Day Better. Feel free to leave a comment to share your hack if it didn't make this list.

1. Song of the Day: "We start each morning with a Story Behind the Song video to focus students and highlight important themes." Emily, G5

2. Singing Together: "The lyric videos like, Captain Fluffy Beard, make singing together fun. They are easy to pull up and create a strong sense of community in our classroom." John, G3

3. Interactive Learning: "I use subject-related songs like Solid Figures to turn concepts into catchy tunes. The actions make learning fun." Lauren, G2

4. Movement Breaks: "Upbeat songs with actions like The Awesome Song combat restlessness and boost energy levels, providing a fun and constructive break." Karen, G6

5. Expressive Outlet: "I use Story Behind the Song videos to spark conversations about subjects like kindness, respect and friendship." Brad, G3

6. Relaxation and Mindfulness: "I've started using calming songs like Setse Gohndeh to foster a mindful environment. I've found it encourages the student's emotional well-being." Steph, G1

7. Celebrate Achievements: "We celebrate individual & group success with songs like The Awesome Song or Tu n’es pas Seul to boost student's self-esteem." Mr C., G5

8. Inclusive Songs & Stories: "I use the songs & videos to celebrate our differences and highlight diversity and inclusion." Sam, G3

9. Transition Times: "the lyric videos offer a quick and easy way to switch gears or transition between subjects, getting students up, singing, and ready for the next task." Joan, G5

10. Building Confidence: "The tutorial videos have made it easy for my students to learn to play the songs on the ukulele. They're a great way to get musical participation and help the students build confidence." Jon, G6

Over 60,000 students were involved in writing and performing these songs. The themes reflect the issues and subjects important to them. These subjects resonate year after year in schools around the world. Trying to fit in. Learning to be kind. Learning the value of cooperation, building a sense of belonging, making classrooms a safe place for everyone.

Songs For Schools as an online platform of music resources was designed by an Arts in Education specialist for elementary school teachers. Arranging everything on one web page was intentional.

Bookmark the page so you can have all these songs and videos at your fingertips. You need to get your students up and moving? Play a lyric video like Karen. Have students feeling overwhelmed, play some of the meditative songs like Steph, to calm the mood in the class.

These songs, stories, videos and tutorials were created to be the perfect music resources for elementary classrooms. If you have a story of your own, please leave it in the comments below, or send a message.

I look forward to hearing how Songs For Schools make your day better!


P.S. Check out the new article on my Blog  Burned Out Teachers? This Music Resource Transforms Classroom Chaos, Boosts School Spirit & Saves Teachers Tons of Time & Energy

Try Songs For School With No Risk

Try a sample for FREE right now! There are 3 songs, 12 videos and lyric/chord charts you can try out. Play them for your students. Teach them how to play the songs on ukulele. If you love the resources as much as I think you will, the entire Songs For Schools, Volume 1 is on sale now for just $97. One time payment.

Transform Your Classrooms with Songs for Schools

And just one final word…if after 30 days you’re not 100% satisfied, just let me know and I’ll be happy to refund you 100% of your money. I want this journey to be risk-free for you and your students. If you have any questions contact me through my website at https://rikleaf.com Or you can find me online on my YouTube channel, Instagram, LinkedIn or Tribe of One Facebook

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And that's how I got here. 20 years into a career creating a safe and supportive space for students to step out of their comfort zone so they can experience the magic of finding their voice.

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Burned Out Teachers? This Music Resource Transforms Classroom Chaos, Boosts School Spirit & Saves Teachers Tons of Time & Energy

Burned Out Teachers? This Music Resource Transforms Classroom Chaos, Boosts School Spirit & Saves Teachers Tons of Time & Energy

Burned Out Teachers? This Music Resource Transforms Classroom Chaos, Boosts School Spirit & Saves Teachers Tons of Time & Energy

Published January 8, 2024 in Category

When Teaching Feels Like an Episode of Survivor

I walked into Lisa’s (not her real name) Grade 4 class. I’d done an Artist Residency in her school the previous year, and her class had been a favourite. But from the moment I walked into her room this class felt different.

  • There was an edge to the conversations
  • Lots of biting, snarky comments
  • Quiet students trying to distance themselves from the negative energy
  • Lisa was different too. She seemed profoundly exhausted
  • Her energetic spark was missing

I wasn’t able to talk with her in the moment, but we ran into each other in the staffroom and I had the opportunity to ask her what was going on.

She told me a story every teacher reading this has probably heard…or lived!

  • The mix of students that year was different
  • There were 4-5 higher needs students
  • She’d been given an extra few students last minute & was at max numbers
  • With just one TA every day was a battle just to keep control
  • Most days she felt like she lost that battle

My Perspective as an Artist in Education

Being an artist in education gives me a unique perspective. For one thing, I’m in schools all over Canada every year. City schools, country schools and a number of schools in remote Indigenous communities. I work in elementary, middle and high schools as well. 

As an artist, I’m very aware of my surroundings…the people I’m with, the environment, the mood, the conversations I overhear. It’s part of what made me a good performer knowing how to read a crowd, picking up on the cues when I’ve got them in the palm of my hand and when I’m losing them.

A lot of teachers tell me their story, like their challenges are so unique no one anywhere could understand what they’re going through. But when I hear that in September in a school over here and then again in October in a school over there, and again in November on the other side of the country…well let’s just say, even I can recognize the threads that weave this tale together. Something is going on...and we're all part of it.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Social & Emotional Learning

I’m writing this in 2024, and one of the most recurring threads in the stories I’ve heard over the last 3 years, has been the impact of the pandemic lock downs on the social and emotional development of students.

"My class is just so ‘mean’ to each other,” a Grade 6 teacher told me recently. When I asked the principal what was going on he said, “It’s the impact of the years of remote learning where students didn’t have the opportunity to be in a group setting. To learn how to get along. How to be patient, how to be kind. How to respect themselves and others.” Everywhere I go I hear some version of this story.

Casting a Vision for a Better Culture

As an artist I know that I’m in a powerful place to do something about this situation. The Songs For Schools project that I just finished producing is the product of hundreds of conversations about these themes. Conversations I’ve had class by class, school by school across the country.

One school I went into the principal took me into her office and said, “look…we have a problem with bullying. The teachers are tired of it. The students are tired of it, but we’re still struggling with this. We’d really need this week with you to be something positive that can give us all a lift.”

The Power of Imaginative Songs & Actions

So I worked with the students to imagine what coming to school would feel like if they were encouraged. If it was a safe and supportive place to try new things. Over and over again someone in each classroom would exclaim, “I’d love coming to school if it was like that!” So we wrote ‘We Love Our School’ and used the song to cast a vision for the school everyone wanted.

Songs don’t immediately solve the problems of a school. But they can help students imagine new ways of being, acting, learning and feeling. And imagination is a natural state of mind for a child. When we were kids we could imagine sticks were swords, cardboard boxes were spaceships. A catchy song that makes you want to dance with your friends that has ACTIONS! Oh my goodness, that is a recipe for change if I’ve ever heard of one.

The Songs For Schools Media Library features,

  • 10 Songs
  • 10 Story Behind the Song videos
  • 10 Lyric Videos
  • 10 Tutorial Videos
  • 10 Bonus Videos of LIVE Performances
  • 10 Lyric/Chord Charts
  • Copyright License so your school can use these songs in your own projects

Story Behind the Song videos: Deepen Meaning & Connection

The Story Behind the Song dials into our innate love of stories, no matter how old or young we are. In these videos I share where the song was written, what conversations led to different lyrics. Funny things that happened. These stories give greater insight into the songs themselves.

Lyric Videos & Production Quality: Sing Together & Sound Amazing
The lyric videos are the easiest and most convenient way for groups to sing together. The songs were professionally produced to sound the best when played on bluetooth speakers and smartboards in the classroom, because that’s where they will get the most airtime.

Ukulele Tutorials: Empower Students to Play
The tutorial videos, along with the lyric/chord charts make it super easy for students to learn to play these songs on the ukulele. Using the method used by most pop, rock and self taught musicians, even students who don’t know how to read music can learn to play.

Time Spent with Music = Building Character & Confidence

The time the students spend listening to the stories, singing and learning to play the songs is time they are spending meditating on the themes.

  • The Awesome Song, Tu n’es pas Seul, Captain Fluffy Beard - Respect
  • Buddy Bench - Anti bullying
  • Fill My Bucket, Setse Gohndeh, When I’m With You - Empathy & Friendship
  • Live the Good Life & We Love Our School - Good Choices & School Spirit
  • Solid Figures - Learning through Actions

The LIVE bonus videos capture the excitement that is created when a school comes together to create something bigger and better than anyone could on their own.

Modeling Risk-Taking: A Powerful Message from Teachers

One teacher who isn’t a musician themselves, said they are using the tutorial videos to learn how to play the songs at the same time as his students

I personally really loved hearing that, because modeling risk-taking in the process of learning something new is a powerful move for a teacher. Sharing the creative process with your students is a fantastic way to build trust and create a safe learning environment.

Lisa’s Success Story

But what about Lisa and her class? Well her class was in many ways the inspiration for this project. Because after I left her school I sent her and her class a couple videos where I talked about a song and then sang it for them. Nothing professional. Just recorded on my phone. A month went by, and then she wrote and told me that the stories I shared and the songs I sang had a huge impact on the students. It started a group conversation about the type of class they wanted to have. Everyone submitted an idea of what would make their class better, and they created a class motto of those values and hung it on the wall in their classroom.

But the change started with stories and songs that helped students see that things could change…that THEY could change.

Empowering Teachers & Students Together

Feedback from teachers has been overwhelmingly positive with innovative uses of the material. Some teachers,

  • Play a video at the beginning of the day to set the tone
  • Use a video each morning to introduce a theme for the day
  • Play them as a reward when their class needs to get up and move

Created by Artists FOR Educators Saving Teachers Time & Energy

Created by Artists FOR Educators - Understanding the Challenges Teachers Face

Songs For Schools was created by an artist FOR educators. I spend most of my time in schools. I see how hard it is day after day, year after year. I produced these resources to,

  • Save you hours searching online for quality music resources
  • Provide age appropriate resources you can trust
  • A format that is super convenient and easy to use
  • Inspire your classroom culture

World-Class Quality: Professional Productions & Inspirational Message

These songs and videos were,

  • Professionally recorded at a studio in Victoria
  • Mixed and mastered in a studio in Winnipeg
  • The videos are professionally produced in 4K high-resolution
  • The quality of the digital media and the inspirational message are world-class, and are a treasure trove of resources for elementary schools.

No Risk, All Gain: Unleash the Music in Your Classroom Today!

Try it FREE & Enjoy a 50% Off Launch Offer

You can try a sample of songs and videos, as well as lyric/chord charts for FREE at https://rikleaf.com

And in case all of this still doesn’t put your mind at ease, I offer you a 30 day money back guarantee. If you’re not 100% satisfied, just write me an email and I’ll refund your money. No questions asked.

(OK well I might ask why, but you don’t have to tell me…hahaha)
You have everything to gain and nothing to lose…what are you waiting for!


During the official launch you get,

  • Songs For Schools 50% off sale during January 2024, so for just $97
  • 10 Songs in MP3 format
  • 10 Story Behind the Song videos
  • 10 Lyric Videos
  • 10 Tutorial Videos
  • 10 Bonus LIVE Performance Videos
  • 10 Lyric/Chord Charts
  • Copyright License for your school to use these songs in other projects

Hi...I'm Rik

I’m a professional Arts in Education specialist, songwriter, recording artist, music/video producer, published author, podcaster and poet laureate for Tribe of One, a national collective of Indigenous & settler musicians, dancers, painters & poets. You can find me online on YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn or Tribe of One Facebook

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"Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger"

And that's how I got here. 20 years into a career creating a safe and supportive space for students to step out of their comfort zone so they can experience the magic of finding their voice.

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Songs For Schools: a Treasure Trove of Music Resources for Elementary Schools

Songs For Schools: a Treasure Trove of Music Resources for Elementary Schools

Songs For Schools: A Treasure Trove of Music Resources for Elementary Schools

Published January 8, 2024 in Category

What Have I Got Myself Into?!

It was Monday morning before it dawned on me I had no idea what I'd gotten myself into. But at that point it was too late to do anything but face the music!

It was September 2015, my third year booking an Artist Residency at Ecole Central School. The two years previous I had taught slam poetry. I called the principal on Thursday, just to let her know my flight was getting in on Sunday and I'd be there bright eyed and bushy tailed Monday morning. Almost as an afterthought I said, “you still want to do slam poetry?”  “Why…what else do you do?” she asked.

I started telling her I offered songwriting sessions and video production and she cut me off and asked, “could you write a song that involved all 360 students in the school and make a video about the process?”

“Oh sure, no problem” I said, thinking 100% about how I needed this gig to make enough money for rent and utilities. I didn’t really give it another thought until that moment, Monday morning as I was walking up to the school and it was too late to do anything but put a smile on my face and walk through the doors like I owned the place.

It Was The Week That Changed My Life

That week changed my life. I’d been a professional songwriter, music producer and performer for 7 years at that point…and I needed to draw every single experience as a songwriter, performer, videographer, event producer and motivational speaker to make that week work. I wrote Change le Monde/Change the World, involving 360 students in the process. We brainstormed lyrics, rehearsed, came up with ideas for the video. Everyone from the lil kindies to the 'too-cool-for-school' Grade 6’s were involved. We spent the week working up to the assembly in the gym on Friday afternoon where we got together to perform and record our new song.

It was deafening. It was bedlam normally reserved for AC/DC concerts. It was amazing! A center aisle had been left open so that a number of students could dance through the crowd inspired by ‘Soul Train.’  Between one take and the next the vice principal rushed up to me and said, “do you think the teachers should dance as well?”

Of course they should!

The students loved it. The teachers loved it. When I uploaded the edited video to YouTube, moms, dads, grandparents and the rest of the city LOVED it. CLICK HERE and maybe you'll love it too!

That’s where Songs For Schools started. In the hallways, classrooms and playgrounds where values like kindness, patience, forgiveness, friendship and school spirit are made real. Where students work out the best versions of themselves.

Can you imagine how much fun your school would have if you were given an opportunity like that?

Unleash the Power of Music in Your Classroom

Over the years I’ve heard the same discouraging story told in school after school. They don't have a music teacher. Or they don’t have a music program. Or there aren’t any resources, instruments or opportunities. Most heartbreaking to me is when I meet a passionate teacher who admits they haven’t been able to find quality resources that inspire their students.

One of the best things about Songs For Schools is that these songs were written with over 60,000 students. From English, French Immersion and Indigenous schools. Songs like “Sets’ani. Sets’ani is a Dene Yati word from K’atl’odeeche First Nation that means, Be a Friend. It became a powerful anti-bullying song that has grown into a favourite in schools across Canada.

These songs sing about themes that are important to students and staff. As a professional songwriter it’s my strength to be able to write catchy, singable and danceable anthems. But the ideas. The values. The hopes and dreams…that’s the part that comes from conversations with the students. Please contact me if you’d like information on how this program could empower students in your school.

One superintendent from northern Canada booked a 3 week tour so I could travel to all of the schools in his district to kick off the school year. When the tour was over he wrote to me to say, “You inspired our youth and helped feed their creative spirits. Who could ask for more?”

But it's not just about catchy tunes and entertaining actions. Songs for Schools offers a treasure trove of resources to bring your lessons to life.

Songs For Schools is a Treasure Trove of Music Resources For Schools

10 professionally produced songs. 40 high res 4K videos. Lyric/Chord Charts. A Copyright License so your school can use these songs in other projects.

There are 10 Story Behind the Song videos. These behind the scenes are ideal for K-G3 primary students, who love stories (and can listen to them again and again and again) These videos add context and greater meaning to the songs themselves.

There are 10 lyric videos. The music was professionally recorded, mixed and mastered, and the videos are professionally produced high res 4K quality. The music was actually produced specifically to sound best through the bluetooth speakers and smart boards most classrooms use.

There are 10 tutorial videos that show students how to play each of the songs on ukulele. These instructional videos are particularly powerful when used with the lyric and chord charts, and ideal for use in music classes with intermediate G4-6 students.

Many songs have actions, like Solid Figures, that teach students about shapes and the Awesome Song, possibly the most inspiring song you’ve ever heard a school sing!

From Lessons to Learning: Building Beyond the Notes 

Music Resources for Elementary Schools developed by an award-winning production team

These songs have an impact that goes far beyond entertainment by reinforcing the values teachers are already investing in like honesty, kindness and respect. These songs just give those lessons melodies and opportunities to sing together, to reinforce the values through song and dance.

The LIVE bonus videos capture the excitement that is created when a school comes together to create something bigger and better than anyone could on their own.

Experience the Music & Join the Community

This may not be the year for your school to book an artist residency. But there has never been a better time than right now, to provide every teacher and student in your school with this fabulous music resource.

Increased Engagement and Confidence

If you’re still undecided, you can try a sample for FREE right now! There are 3 songs, 12 videos and lyric/chord charts you can try out. Play them for your students. Teach them how to play the songs on ukulele. If you love the resources as much as I think you will, the entire Songs For Schools, Volume 1 is on sale now for just $97. One time payment.

Transform Your Classrooms with Songs for Schools

And just one final word…if after 30 days you’re not 100% satisfied, just let me know and I’ll be happy to refund you 100% of your money. I want this journey to be risk-free for you and your students. If you have any questions contact me through my website at https://rikleaf.com Or you can find me online on my YouTube channel, Instagram, LinkedIn or Tribe of One Facebook

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Rik Leaf is an Arts in Education Specialist. Performer, Producer, Slam Poet, Author

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And that's how I got here. 20 years into a career creating a safe and supportive space for students to step out of their comfort zone so they can experience the magic of finding their voice.

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Upgrade Your Teaching Experience: Top Elementary School Music Resources that Engage Students

Upgrade Your Teaching Experience: Top Elementary School Music Resources that Engage Students

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Upgrade Your Teaching Experience: Top Elementary School Music Resources that Engage Students

Published December 27, 2023 in Category

Teachers...imagine

Catchy and Creative Songs: This collection of Songs For Schools were meticulously crafted to be catchy, engaging, and bursting with creativity. From memorable melodies to clever lyrics, each song is a vibrant work of art designed to captivate young minds.

Educational Anthems: These songs aren't just entertaining; they're educational too! Each tune is thoughtfully composed to support the social and emotional development of elementary school students, making learning a joyful experience for both teachers and students.

Songs That Explore Important Themes: These songs were written with over 60,000 students exploring topics that were important to them. Kindness, respect, acceptance and school spirit. With Songs for Schools, you'll have a versatile toolkit to enhance your lessons and keep your students excited about learning.

The Soundtrack For Success: Songs Created For The Classroom

Engage & Inspire Your Students: These catchy songs inspire curiosity and ignite a love for learning. They turn classroom culture into fun, memorable experiences, ensuring that your students stay engaged and eager to participate in class.

Enjoy Time-Saving Convenience: Say goodbye to hours searching online. These ready-to-use songs and accompanying materials make it easy to integrate the content into your existing curriculum, saving you valuable time to focus on teaching.

Safe & Supportive Classroom Culture: The power of music is well-documented. With Songs for Schools, you'll improve conversations surrounding important values and themes. Better conversations means better classroom environments and a deeper connection to the values and ideals you're already teaching.

Elevate Your Teaching Experience: Imagine a classroom where your students eagerly anticipate engage and actively participate. Songs for Schools will help you create that environment, enhancing your teaching experience and job satisfaction.

Confident Students: As your students sing & dance with these catchy tunes, their confidence will soar. Singing together develops a sense of camaraderie, and students who feel like they belong are more willing to ask questions, engage in discussions, and excel academically.

Community Building: These songs can also be used in school events and assemblies, fostering a sense of community and school spirit. Watch your students shine as they perform confidently in front of their peers and parents.

Arts in Education: How Catchy Songs Are Transforming Elementary Classrooms"

Songs For Schools is your gateway to an exciting, stress-free teaching experience. Our creative and catchy songs, combined with their educational value and ease of use, will transform your classroom into a hub of inspiration and learning. Embrace the positive impact of Songs for Schools, and witness the growth and enthusiasm of your students like never before. Join us in revolutionizing elementary education today!

Songs For Schools Resources Were Professionally Produced

The award-winning production team at Tribe of One Productions has 20 years of expertise in providing world-class Arts in Education resources to schools.

Introducing Songs For Schools

Professionally Produced Multimedia Resources

30 videos produced in stunning high res 4K quality.
10 original songs developed by an award-winning production team

Support the social and emotional development of students with these catchy, easy-to-sing and easy-to-play songs written with over 60,000 students.

All the songs, videos, lyric & chord charts and copyright license are conveniently on one page. Bookmark it and have all these resources at your fingertips.

Convenient Creative Resources to Make Teaching Better

Songs For Schools understands the time constraints that educators face daily. That's why our platform offers ready-to-use songs and accompanying materials, saving teachers hours of preparation time. These materials allow educators to effortlessly enhance their lessons.

Increased Engagement and Confidence

Songs For Schools are so popular because they lead to increased student engagement and positive classroom culture. As students sing along and actively participate in lessons, their confidence soars, fostering a positive and collaborative learning environment. Try Songs for Schools for FREE!

Transform Your Classrooms with Songs for Schools

Ready to take your elementary school to the next level of engagement and education? Don't miss out on the opportunity to transform your classrooms into vibrant hubs of creativity and inspiration with Songs For Schools! 🎵

🚀 Unleash the power of music in education.
🕒 Save valuable time with our ready-to-use materials.
🌟 Watch your students excel and shine.

Get access to educational success and purchase Songs for Schools now! Your students' smiles and enthusiasm await, and the future of your school has never sounded so bright! 🎉📚🎶

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Rik Leaf is an Arts in Education Specialist. Performer, Producer, Slam Poet, Author

A meme inspired my entire career...it said,
"Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger"

And that's how I got here. 20 years into a career creating a safe and supportive space for students to step out of their comfort zone so they can experience the magic of finding their voice.

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