Posts Tagged ‘Songs’

Free Songbook? Yes, Please!

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So I’ve been teaching a few undergraduate courses in music education the past couple of years, and one thing that I always make sure to tell my elementary education majors about is the Utah State Office of Education Songbook.  It’s a children’s songbook that you can download for FREE from their website:

Utah State Office of Education Songbook Website

What I love about it is that quite a few of the songs include Orff accompaniments or other activity suggestions, and there is even a section for folk dances with detailed instructions.  An added bonus is that you can access MP3’s for all of the songs!  Oh USOE songbook, if only I knew about your awesomeness during my first year of teaching elementary general music when I had absolutely ZERO resources aside from a class set of rhythm sticks and a couple bongo drums to my name!

My Funny Valentine

It’s that time of year!  Every isle of every store seems to be dripping in pink and red!  With Valentine’s day a couple of weeks away I thought I would remind you that this is the PERFECT time to buy lots of these…

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So that you can make these…

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Rhythm hearts are great for rhythmic dictation and composition activities!

You can even pair them with a cute little song like this…

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But how would you pair the two activities you ask?  It dawned on me during my extremely lengthy commute this morning that you could use the song and the rhythm compositions to make a larger piece–great opportunity to talk about form!  First teach the song.  Once the students are familiar with the song have all of the students compose their own 8 beats of rhythm using the foam hearts.  Pick one student to walk around with a “valentine” (special decorated heart, note in an envelope, whatever you like) while the class sings the first verse of the song.  By the end of the first verse the student with the “valentine” should place it in front of another student who will then perform their rhythm composition (hands, rhythm sticks, orff instruments set in the C major pentatonic scale, your choice!).  Once the student finishes playing their composition they pick up the “valentine” to pass off to another student while the class sings verse two.  Rinse and repeat!

Download the ValentineCircleSong here

If you do this activity let me know how it goes!