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While teaching this learning module you will cover multiple concepts including: Tempo

Middle School Lesson 27: Songwriting 2

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Concepts(s):
Tempo
Grades(s):
Middle School
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Introduction

In this lesson, you will:

  1. Warmup with “My Bonnie”
  2. Teach “My Bonnie”
  3. Optional: Play “My Bonnie” on Ukulele
  4. Review tempo terms
  5. What is a piggyback song?
  6. Write your own piggyback song
  7. Teach “Frère Jacques”
  8. Try writing your own words for “Frère Jacques”
  9. Option 1: Play “Frère Jacques” on Boomwhackers
  10. Option 2: Play “Frère Jacques” on Guitar or Ukulele
  11. Teach “She Waded in the Water”
  12. Create your own words to this melody!
  13. Teach “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”
  14. Try writing new words for “Take me Out to the Ballgame”
  15. Use the Search engine to explore shorter songs
  16. Choose a tune from one of the songs you’ve explored and write your own song

Extension:

Objectives

  • I can write a piggyback song.
  • I can sing songs with familiar melodies.
  • I can write new words for a familiar melody.

Warmup with “My Bonnie”

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Song Used: My Bonnie

Warmup with “My Bonnie”

A fun way to sing this song is to change from sitting to standing or from standing to sitting, each time you have the letter "b".

Do the movements with the kids.

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Teach “My Bonnie”

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Teach “My Bonnie”

Sing the song "My Bonnie".

When you know the song, we’re going to use "My Bonnie" to create a piggyback song.

Optional: Play “My Bonnie” on Ukulele

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Song Used: My Bonnie

Optional: Play “My Bonnie” on Ukulele

Try playing and singing the song. This song easier to play in the key of G than in F.

Review tempo terms

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Tool Used: Tempo Interactive

Review tempo terms

Did you notice that the speed of the music in the song "My Bonnie" changed?

The speed of the music is the tempo.

You can learn about different tempos in music, and perform rhythms in different tempos.

Go to the interactive tempo tool and try some of the activities.

Make a list of the tempos that you try and what the words mean.

If there are new words, go to the teaching slides in the activity to learn what they mean.

What is a piggyback song?

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Song Used: My Bonnie

What is a piggyback song?

A piggyback song is a song that uses a familiar tune with new words.

Sing the rabbits song to the tune of "My Bonnie".

Write your own piggyback song

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Song Used: My Bonnie

Write your own piggyback song

Write your own piggyback song to the tune of "My Bonnie".

You can use worksheet #2 from Supporting Resources or you can write your song out on a piece of lined paper.

Sing your song. Do the words fit the melody?

Teach “Frère Jacques”

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Teach “Frère Jacques”

We will explore some simple songs you could use as melodies for a piggyback song.

Start by singing "Frère Jacques".

Try writing your own words for “Frère Jacques”

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Song Used: Frère Jacques

Try writing your own words for “Frère Jacques”

If you have a printer, a pdf of this page is in Supporting Resources.

Here are some ideas to start:
I rode my bike...
I want to eat...
I think that...
I wish that...

Option 1: Play “Frère Jacques” on Boomwhackers

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Instrument Song Used: Frère Jacques

Option 1: Play “Frère Jacques” on Boomwhackers

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Option 2: Play “Frère Jacques” on Guitar or Ukulele

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Option 2: Play “Frère Jacques” on Guitar or Ukulele

Teach “She Waded in the Water”

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Song Used: She Waded in the Water

Teach “She Waded in the Water”

Listen to the first verse of the song.

Play the video again and sing the song.

The melody of this song comes from the song “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
This melody has often been used as a melody for piggyback songs.

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Create your own words to this melody!

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Song Used: She Waded in the Water

Create your own words to this melody!

If you have a printer, a pdf of this page is in Supporting Resources.

Here are some ideas to start:
I rode my bike...
I want to eat...
I think that...
I wish that...

Teach “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

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Song Used: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Teach “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”

Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".

This is another song that has been used as a piggyback melody.

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Try writing new words for "Take me Out to the Ballgame"

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Song Used: Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Try writing new words for "Take me Out to the Ballgame"

Try writing new words for "Take me Out to the Ballgame".

Here are some ideas to get you started:
I don't want...
I like eating...

If you have a printer, a pdf of this page is in Supporting Resources.

Use the Search engine to explore shorter songs

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Use the Search engine to explore shorter songs

You could use many other songs for your new piggyback song. If you don't know these songs, use the search engine below to find recordings of them.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
BINGO
Row Row Row Your Boat
Mary Had a Little Lamb

Choose a tune from one of the songs you’ve explored and write your own song

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Choose a tune from one of the songs you’ve explored and write your own song

Choose a tune from one of the songs you’ve explored and write your own song.
You can use one of the starter ideas given, or you can invent your own.
If you have time, write more than one verse
My mother...
I don’t like.....
My teacher...
Home school.....
Stay home...
Homework is.....

If you have a printer, you can use the worksheet in the Supporting Resources.
If you don't have a printer, just write the assignment on lined paper. Illustrate if you like!

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