In this lesson, you will:
Musicplay is a menu. The teacher is not expected to teach every song or activity. Choose the songs and activities from the list that will best fit your schedule and the needs of your students.
“Got A Hat Hat” is an action song that uses a variety of tempos. When the students know all the words to the song, ask each of them to bring a hat and try to learn the actions that are given in the words of the song. As the song gets faster and faster, the actions will be more and more challenging to complete.
"Love Somebody” is a rhythm-reading song. Read the sixteenth notes in the song. Invite your students to create a B section by writing a “Roses are Red” poem. Sing the song as the A section, read a poem, and then sing the A section again. If you are using this in performance, vote on which poem is the funniest. Use the funniest poem as the B section for your performance.
One student holds a valentine and walks around the outside of the circle. At the end of the song, the student holding the valentine puts the valentine behind another student. This student picks the valentine up, leaves the circle, and tries to tag the student who placed the valentine behind them before that student gets to the hole in the circle.
Denise Tip: I often use an imaginary valentine instead of a real one, because picking up the valentine slows down the chaser and gives the runner too much of a head start. Alternatively, you can use a large basket with a valentine already in it so it's easier to pick up.
We're going to do a body percussion activity with the song "Love Somebody"
Start by reading the words of the song.
Next read the rhythms of the song.
Divide the class into four groups - drums, metals, woods, shakes/scrapes.
Have the drums play on beat 1.
Another option for students at home is to play all parts on a bucket.
Drum = side.
Metals = top.
Sticks = rim.
Snap = click sticks.
"The Log Driver's Waltz” is a song written by Wade Hemsworth. It describes the driving of logs down the river. Being a log driver was very dangerous work. They’d have to balance on top of the logs and break up any log jams that occurred as the logs floated down the river. If they fell in the river, drowning was a real possibility.
This is a good example of verse/chorus form. Think of other songs with this form. (9. "Rocky Mountain")
"The Log Driver's Waltz" is a song that is used in a cartoon. What other ways is music used in your community? (Church, celebrations, festivals, parades, dances, school concerts, etc.) Ask the students: “When do you hear music in your community?” Make a list of the places they might hear music. Discuss with the students the kinds of music that they hear in various places in the community.