Resources Level 1

Hands & Voices members singing and signingWe’ve been delivering singing and signing activities for over 20 years now. In that time we’ve done a lot of learning and developed real expertise. We’ve built up a huge bank of resources that we want to share with other groups, organisations and practitioners and you can find some of our favourites here.

More information on our resource packs

Each resource pack includes sheet music, a sign sheet, signing guidance notes, an instrumental backing track and one or more vocal tracks. They also include tips and ideas for adapting the songs for different groups. They've been designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get started with singing and signing.

All songs have been categorised, with different levels for both singing and signing. This is so that groups can progress through the different levels as they become more confident. You can find the key to the categories below.


Level 1: melody falls within a limited range, lies easily in the voice and mostly step-wise movement of pitches.
Level 2: melody over a wider range, with more leaps of intervals, but still reasonably comfortable to sing.
Level 3:more challenging intervals and pitching, some chromaticism, faster words and pitch changes.


Level 1: a few signs, lots of repetition and a definite entry level for signing.
Level 2: a greater range of signs, not too difficult to sign and at a reasonable speed of signing.
Level 3: a wider range of signs, can contain more difficult signs and faster speed of signing.

Singing and signing training videos

We use Signalong as our signing partner and these four films explain the Signalong approach.

We created the films for the NYMAZ SEND Music Network, supported by the National Foundation for Youth Music.

There are four main elements to producing a correct sign: handshape, orientation, placement and movement. The four training films below explain these elements, giving examples that you can practise at home.

Film One is about placement, or where the hands should be placed, and handshapes:


Film Two is all about orientation, or how the hands should be placed:

Film Three is about the movement aspect of making a sign:

Film Four is about how to use the written sign descriptions that you'll find on the sign sheet in each resource pack:

  • Africa

    Africa is a simple song with a strong beat that can be sung in different ways.

    More about Africa

  • Blackbird Sitting in the Tree

    This is a lively, fun song that was written as a parachute activity for working with groups with complex needs.

    More about Blackbird Sitting in the Tree

  • Canoe Song

    This is a traditional North American round that provides an opportunity to practise a sense of stillness and poise on stage.

    More about Canoe Song

  • Get Cycling

    Get Cycling is a simple and repetitive song written by our Hands and Voices Choir, inspired by the Tour de France. 

    More about Get Cycling

  • Good Day

    A fun and lively Spanish song called Buenos Dias, which means Good Day in English. 

    More about Good Day

  • Jump Jim Joe

    Jump Jim Joe is an upbeat and energetic social dance from New England, USA. We've added our own simple actions and gestures. 

    More about Jump Jim Joe

  • Lots of Voices Singing

    This simple round has been written by our Hands and Voices choir by us asking them the question, “What do you like about Hands & Voices?”

    More about Lots of Voices Singing

  • Mama Don't Allow

    This is a great fun and easy to learn song for all groups. We find it especially useful when there are wide-ranging needs and ability levels within the group.

    More about Mama Don't Allow

  • Ranky Tanky

    ‘Ranky Tanky’, also known as ‘There Was an Old Lady From Booster’ originates from a social dance from the African American (Gullah) traditions of South Carolina.

    More about Ranky Tanky

  • Strong In Your Body

    Strong in Your Body is an upbeat song written by our Hands and Voices choir. It's inspired by the Tour de France and the strength and determination of those taking part and it's a great training anthem for anyone preparing for a race or a sporting challenge!

    More about Strong In Your Body

  • Thank You Sun

    Thank You Sun's written in the gospel style to be upbeat and lively with a really catchy tune, and reasonably simple signs that are great fun to sign.

    More about Thank You Sun

  • We Look To The Future

    This is a song that you can use in any setting, recording some of the group's dreams and aspirations for the future.

    More about We Look To The Future

  • Zum Gali Gali

    This is a traditional Hebrew working song in three parts.

    More about Zum Gali Gali