20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3

20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collection 3
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Each rhyme and song comes with an analysis.

These resources and more are also available on MySongFile.com

Action games are organised into the following categories:

Beat
Singing games and rhymes are wonderful for preparing and practising the beat!

BUILD ‘EM UP
• This fun song can be used to prepare and practise beat.
• We have chosen the theme 'occupations' for this song as it can be used in connection with builders and carpenters.

CHOP CHOP CHIPPITY CHOP (Beat in compound time)
Use this fabulous rhyme in so many ways! For example:
• 'Chop' on the beat alternating hands. (Great for beat work in 6/8 time!)
• Have students choose a vegetable (or name one from a picture) and then they can clap the name of the vegetable and figure out how many syllables it has.
• 'Accumulate' vegetables in a list at the end of the rhyme for memory work (to prepare for remembering rhythms and melodies for dictations!) Instructions included in download.


Compound Time
Children will be having so much fun moving and playing games that they won’t even realise they are internalising the feel of compound time!

LITTLE PETER RABBIT
• This action song is an age-old favourite.
• A great song for preparing compound time.
• Work on inner hearing by dropping out an extra word each time the song is sung. Students will 'sing the word' (and note) in their heads. They will end up with about half the song as inner hearing!

THREE BLIND MICE
• ‘Three Blind Mice’ is a great song for students to experience beat in a 6/8 time signature.
• Students love to make up actions to this canon.


Finger Play
Great for working with fine motor skills!

FIVE UGLY WITCHES
• This Halloween rhyme is fantastic for finger-play. For each verse students hold up the number of fingers to show how many witches they are talking about.
• This rhyme uses the rhythmic elements 'ta', 'ti-ti' and 'sa'.
• The first verse can be used to teach 'sa'.

ONE TWO TIE MY SHOE
• With ‘One, Two, Tie My Shoe’ I like to make up actions to fit the words of the song with my students, especially concentrating on holding up the correct number of fingers each time a number is sung.
• This is a useful song for teaching the melodic elements ‘so’ and ‘mi’.

WHERE IS THUMBKIN?
• The melody of this song is very similar to ‘Frere Jacques’.
• The actions provide excellent opportunity for fine motor finger co-ordination.
• The rhythmic element ‘too’ (minim/half note) can be taught with this song.


Getting Active
Nothing like a bit of exercise in the classroom!

DOCTOR FOSTER (4/4)
This catchy folk song is great for:
• Teaching 4/4 metre (particularly when marching as per the suggested actions).
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'too-oo-oo-oo' (semibreve / whole note).
• Teaching the melodic element 'high do'.
• Practising octave leaps.
• Comparing and contrasting with 'Doctor Foster' in 6/8 metre.
• Practising intonation of the descending do pentatonic scale!

DOCTOR FOSTER (6/8) (Bonus Version!)
This catchy folk song is great for:
• Preparing and reinforcing 6/8 time (particularly when children skip, as per the suggested actions).
• Practising the melodic element 'fa'.

ONE FINGER ONE THUMB
• An accumulative song where actions can be done to reinforce beat!
• You can prepare compound time with this song.


Greeting
An engaging first song can encourage participation from the moment the lesson begins.

SKINNAMARINK HELLO!
(A traditional tune with original lyrics – only found in my store on TPT and on MySongFile.com)
This fantastic folk song has had the words adapted to make it into a 'greeting' song.
This song is also great for working with:
• The melodic element 'low ti'.
• Triplets.

SKINNAMARINK (Bonus song!)
This is a gorgeous little song - perfect for celebrating our love for family and friends!
This song is also great for working with:
• The melodic element 'low ti'.
• Triplets.


Improvising Actions
Great preparation for rhythmic and melodic improvisation as students gain confidence.

HERE WE COME A-WALKING
Get active with this great word improvisation song!
You can:
• Choose different destinations - real (like 'the door') or imaginary (like 'Outer Space').
• Choose different words and actions, e.g. walking, running, star jumps, flying, zooming etc.
This song can also be used to prepare and practise the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.


Nursery Rhyme
Develop an ear for language, rhyme and rhythm.

MISS POLLY
• Children love to make up actions for this much-loved nursery rhyme.
• The beat can be reinforced by doing actions on the beat. For example, the 'dolly' can be rocked on the beat.
• Useful preparation for the rhythmic elements 'ta' and 'ti-ti'.


Rhymes
Great for all students, particularly useful for engaging students who are self-conscious about singing!

RHYTHM RHYME
(An original rhyme – only found in my store on TPT and on MySongFile.com)

This rhyme is designed to be done with actions to reinforce the following rhythms through movement:
• ta
• ti-ti
• sa
• tika-tika
Make sure all movements are done strongly on the beat.
This rhyme also works well when said in time names.

THIS IS THE WAY THE LADY RIDES (Compound Time)
• ‘This Is The Way’ is a great rhyme for students to experience beat in a 6/8 time signature.
• Good for reinforcing beat in compound time.


Upper Primary
Songs to engage our pre-teens!

DUM DUM DIDDLE
• To use as a choir warm-up/focus, stand in a circle and to keep the beat, tap own shoulders twice, tap shoulders of person to the left twice, own shoulders twice and then tap the shoulders of the person to your right twice. Causes lots of laughter as students confuse their lefts and rights!
• Can be used to teach the rhythmic element ‘ti tum’.
• Can be used to teach the rhythmic element ‘tim-ka’.
• Can be used to teach the melodic elements ‘low la’ and ‘low so’.

HAMMER MAN
• This Work Song will come alive with enthusiastic actions done on the beat.
• This song lends itself to being sung with body ostinato performed with a strong beat.
• A useful song for preparing and practising tim-ka. With its strong, plodding beat, you can really emphasise the tim-ka, rather than allowing it to revert to a swing/jazz rhythm.
• The melodic elements 'fa' and 'ti' can be practised with this song.

…and more!

DR KNICKER BOCKER
• Children love accumulative songs - here is a great one!
• With a groovy melody and catchy rhythm, this one is a favourite with many students.
• Use this song to practise the beat.
• This song can be used to prepare and practise the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.
• Can also be used to prepare or practise the melodic element 'ri' - sharpened 're'.
• Can be used to teach augmented 2nd. (G-A#)
• For young students this can be a great counting song.

MY SHIP SAILED FROM CHINA
• This is a fantastic singing game for helping students use up some of their excess energy!
• A great song for teaching the melodic element 'fi' (sharpened fa).
• A useful song for practising the rhythmic element 'too' in 3/4 time.
• Students enjoy improvising new verses and actions.

PUMPKIN PUMPKIN
This fun action/improvisation game can be used to:
• Teach the melodic element 're'.
• Practise the tonic triad.
• Teach the rhythmic element 'tika-tika'.
• Improvise actions (in preparation for improvising musical elements).

WALK ALL AROUND
This song works well for:
• Word/action improvisation.
• Preparing and practising 'syncopa'.
• Fun! Have competitions at the end of each time through to see who can stand still for the longest!

More action singing games are available in my ‘20 Action Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method Collections 1 and 2’.

These resources and more are also available on MySongFile.com
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