Middle School Composing 1 Create a Verse

In Song Writing Lesson 1 you will * write a new verse to a song * write a piggyback song

Objectives

  • I can write a new verse for a song.
  • I can write a piggyback song
  • I can sing matching pitch and singing correct rhythms.

Teaching Procedure

1 Music IS Important!

Parents, Teachers and Administration:

Music education is important for children.

Whether in class or at home, keep our children singing, playing, moving, listening and creating music!

Music education is important for all learners.

For more details copy and paste these links into your browser

https://news.northwestern.edu/stories/2013/09/the-importance-of-keeping-the-beat/

Https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1656&context=stu_hon_theses

https://www.luther.edu/oneota-reading-journal/archive/2012/learning-literacy-through-music/

Https://www.ecu.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/663701/SA-DECS-Fluency-doc.pdf

2 Listen to a Stay at Home Song by Chloe and Paul Langford

words and music by Chloe Langford and Paul Langford
Chloe Langford: Vocal, euphonium, ukelele, trombone
Paul Langford: all track programming

3 Listen to a Song Written by 3 BC Brothers

Listen to a Song Written by 3 BC Brothers.
These brothers are from Ladner, British Columbia and have written a great song to encourage everyone to stay home during this Covid-19 outbreak.

4 Read The Lyrics

Read the lyrics.

Think about what the song means.

What is the song about?

Is it a funny song or a serious song?

How do the words make you feel?

What is your favourite part of the lyrics?

Song Used: Corner Grocery Store

5 Sing the Corner Grocery Store Song

Watch the video and sing along with the verses given.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!

6 DO YOU HAVE A UKULELE AT HOME? IF YOU DO, TRY PLAYING AND SINGING THE SONG

Do you have a ukulele at home?

If you do, try playing and singing the song. You can download the pdf above if you have a printer. If you don’t have a printer, read from this image.

I find this song easier to play in the key of G than in F.

If you don’t have a ukulele or guitar, skip this step.

7 CREATE A NEW VERSE FOR THE SONG!

If you’re able to print, do this on the worksheet.

If you don’t have a printer, write your verse or verses out on a piece of paper.

Sing your verses with the music. Do the words fit?

8 Read The Lyrics

Read the lyrics.

Think about what the song means.

What is the song about?

Is it a funny song or a serious song?

How do the words make you feel?

What is your favourite part of the lyrics?

9 SING THE SONG, MY BONNIE

SING THE SONG MY BONNIE.

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

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!
Song Used: My Bonnie

10 SING MY BONNIE WITH THE KIDS DEMO

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.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!
Song Used: My Bonnie

11 SING AND PLAY MY BONNIE ON THE UKULELE

Do you have a ukulele at home?

If you do, try playing and singing the song. You can download the pdf above if you have a printer. If you don’t have a printer, read from this image.

I find this song easier to play in the key of G than in F.

If you don’t have a ukulele or guitar, skip this step.

Song Used: My Bonnie

12 LEARN ABOUT 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.

13 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.

Song Used: My Bonnie

14 WRITE YOUR OWN PIGGYBACK SONG

Write your own piggyback song to the tune of my bonnie.

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

Sing your song. Do the words fit the melody?

15 ASSESSMENT SUGGESTIONS

Have your students send you their new verse, and the piggyback song they've created.

If you teach ukulele, you could ask them to send a video of them playing some of the song.

16 Music Education is Important!

Music Education is Important
- whether you are learning in a school or learning at home!