Middle School Lesson 26: Songwriting 1

Concepts:

In this lesson you will

  • #58 “Hi Ho the Rattlin’ Bog” – review
  • #79 “Corner Grocery Store” – create new verse
  • “My Bonnie”- create new verse
  • create a piggyback song

Objectives

  • I can sing and move to music.
  • I can write a new verse for a song.
  • I can write a piggyback song.

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

Song Used: Hi Ho the Rattlin’ Bog

2 Review #58 "Hi Ho the Rattlin' Bog"

Sing the song and create movements.

Video not working? Try our alternate video player!
Song Used: Hi Ho the Rattlin’ Bog

3 Optional: Play Ukulele to accompany "#58 Hi Ho the Rattlin' Bog"

If you have ukuleles available, accompany your singing with the G, C, D chords.

4 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

This is a great example of a student-written song.

In the next 4 lessons, we're hoping to get all the students song writing!

5 Listen to a song written by three BC brothers

Listen to a song written by three 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.

This is another really great example of a student written song.

6 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

7 Sing the #79 "Corner Grocery Store" song

Watch the video and sing along with the verses given.

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8 Optional: Accompany #79 "Corner Grocery Store" with a ukulele

Do you have a ukulele at home?

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

(This song is easier to play in the key of G than in F so it is not in the key it's recorded in.)

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

9 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?

Song Used: My Bonnie

10 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.

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Song Used: My Bonnie

11 Sing and move to "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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Song Used: My Bonnie

12 Optional: Play "My Bonnie" on 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.

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

13 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.

Song Used: My Bonnie

14 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

15 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?