I’ve had a lot of fun looking back through old blog posts and seeing what ideas I can recycle. I found an old cannon that I love. I blogged about it on November 5, 2009.
The cannon is sung in solfege. I will repost a little of the entry but change the lyrics to make it a spring song.
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.
Here are the new spring words:
Spring’s my favorite time of year,
Flowers booming far and near,
Birds fly, blue sky,
Warming sunshine makes me smile, I love it so!
Can you create lyrics to this little cannon? Leave a comment with your own lyrics (you can just do one phrase if you’d like). Or you can simply leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about spring. I’ll use a random integer generator to pick a winner for a small instrument gift (percussion) from West Music on Friday!