20 ASSORTED SINGING GAMES FOR TEACHING WITH THE KODÁLY METHOD – COLLECTION 1
This is a set of 20 Assorted Singing Games that come with an analysis. Songs include:
- 5 circle singing games
- 2 double circle singing games
- 3 partner singing games
- 1 double partner singing game
- 2 line singing games
- 2 dances
- 1 rhythmic improvisation singing game
- 4 word and/or action improvisation singing games
- 1 ball singing game
More singing games are also included in my ‘20 Assorted Singing Games for Teaching with the Kodály Method’ Collections 2 and 3.
These resources and more also available on MySongFile.com
CHE CHE KULE
This fantastic circle game is great for:
• Practising the melodic elements ‘do’, ‘low la’ and ‘low so’.
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'syncopa'. (If you have taught tum ti.)
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'tum ti' (If you have already taught syncopa.)
• Call and Response.
OH WE ARE TWO SAILORS
• This song is a great way to practise beat in compound time.
• Compound time can be prepared with this song.
• A fun singing game to prepare the melodic element 'fa'.
This is SUCH a fun song!
You can use it as:
• A 2 part canon
• A beat, circle, running game
• Practise for 6/8 metre
SOMETIMES THE MUSIC GOES FAST (This original song exclusively available in my store on TPT and on MySongFile.com)
• A simple game for students to practise musical opposites - fast/slow; loud/soft; high/low.
• I use a "Contrast Cube - Animals" and have students gently roll the cube to discover how the song will be sung. E.g. lion = loud, bird = high.
• A contrast cube template is included with this download for you to make!
CUT THE CAKE (Also known as: ‘Clap Your Hands Together’)
• Kids love this running (or fast walking!) circle game.
• A great song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'sa'.
• 'Fa' occurs once in this song, in the last line between 'so' and 'mi', making it a great song for teaching this melodic element.
• This fabulous circle game can be turned into a double circle game! Students who are 'out' can make a circle in the middle for double the fun!
• A great song for teaching the melodic element 'low ti'.
• The rhythmic element 'tum ti' can be prepared and practised with this song.
• The counting section of the song can be used to teach 'Coda'.
Dance and sing in 2 part canon with this catchy song!
Also great for:
• Teaching 6/8 metre
• Preparing and practising the melodic element 'fa'.
• Having lots of fun!
• Improvising new words and actions.
WHO STOLE MY CHICKENS AND MY HENS
This game is SO MUCH FUN! Kids love learning it - there can be a fair bit of hilarity until the actions are learned well. Then it all comes together quite naturally! Might work best to teach the actions one verse at a time!
Also great for preparing and practising:
• the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.
• the melodic element 'fa'.
This partner dance is great for:
• Dancing and co-ordination
• Working with melodic sequence
• Teaching the melodic element 'fa' (with the last line of the song).
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'tum ti' (dotted quarter note, eighth note.)
This simple partner singing game is great for preparing:
• Minor tonality
• Compound metre
DRAW A BUCKET OF WATER
This singing game is great for students to practise working co-operatively in small groups!
This song is also great for:
• Preparing and practising the melodic element 'la'.
• Working with beat in compound metre.
• Preparing and practising easier compound rhythms.
• Changing from a compound beat to a simple beat.
HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON
• This song can be used to teach the melodic element 're'.
• The rhythmic element 'ti-tika' can also be taught with this song.
WALK ALONG JOHN
This easy little game is great for:
• Learning names! (Substitute 'boys' for each new leader's name.)
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'sa'.
• Practising the beat - making sure children keep the beat during the rest!
• Teaching the melodic element 'low la'.
GUT SABAT EUCH
A wonderful song for:
• singing in natural minor scale.
• teaching the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.
• rhythmic dancing
• Students love this energetic, happy line dance.
• An effective song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.
• This is a great song for preparing and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.
POOR OLD HOWARD
• This is a fantastic song for rhythmic improvisation!
• A great song for practising the 'la' pentatonic scale.
• You can require students to include any chosen 'focus rhythm' in their improvised rhythm. This enables you to practise any rhythm you like!
Word and/or action improvisation
CHOP CHOP CHIPPITY CHOP
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.
• Pictures of vegetables included in download and visual assistance for students.
HEAD SHOULDERS BABY
• This is a fun, improvisation singing game.
• Written in 'do pentatonic', this song starts on 'la' and begins 'l-s-m-r-d' providing terrific practise for singing the descending scale!
• This song can be used to teach the melodic element 're'.
• This is a fantastic song for preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'tim-ka'.
A wonderful song for learning names as each name is repeated several times during the course of the song!!!
This song can be used for improvising in 3 ways.
Instead of the word 'Lolly' children can substitute:
• The name of a classmate
• A word (can even be an action!)
• Made-up words/syllables
Also useful for preparing and practising:
• The rhythmic element 'tum-ti'.
• The melodic element 'fa'.
DIDDLE DUM (This original song exclusively available in my store on TPT and on MySongFile.com)
• ‘Diddle Dum’ is a fun song for practising rhymes.
• This song can be used for word improvisation.
• This song can also be used as an ‘accumulative’ song with students needing to improvise each new verse and then remember each of the verses that have been sung before. (Kids love this challenge!)
• There are illustrations available on MySongFile.com enabling this song to be sung as a 'singing story'.
• The melody is very easy to learn.
APPLES PEACHES PEARS AND PLUMS
• This simple ball game is fantastic for practising the beat!
• Encourage students to say this rhyme with a strong beat.
• Useful for preparing and practising the rhythmic elements 'ta' and 'ti-ti'.