Cannons are a great tools to help your students develop part independence. Cannons to sing or cannons to play are rewarding for children and sound interesting to children’s ears. I find that my students think it sounds “harder” or more advanced when they perform something in cannon and they LOVE it! It feels good to sing and play in cannon.
I came across a cannon online that my students have enjoyed singing.
It’s an old folk tune- (do = quarter note on do, do-do=eighth notes on do, DO=half note on do)
do, re, mi, fa, mi, re, DO,
mi, fa, sol, la, sol, la, MI,
do (rest) do (rest) do (rest) do (rest)
do-do, re-re, mi-mi, fa-fa, mi, re, do (rest).
I teach this using solfege. I change the key, tempo, articulation, and dynamics to allow the students to hear what a difference little changes make.
Students have enjoyed writing their own lyrics to go with this cannon. My chorus students had to sing for a “Dad’s Breakfast” on one day’s notice at the very beginning of last year. Since we didn’t have any repertoire ready to perform I allowed the students to add text to the cannon (they could change the rhythm within reason). We got some GREAT pieces written by students! Here is one example…
I love my dad, he’s the best!
So much better than the rest!
He loves me so,
I think he’s the greatest dad I know! ( ta, ta, ti-ti, ti-ti, ta, ta, ta, rest)
Michelle Berra, firstname.lastname@example.org