20 ASSORTED SINGING GAMES FOR TEACHING WITH THE KODÁLY METHOD – COLLECTION 2
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 1 and 3.
These resources and more also available on MySongFile.com
This enjoyable circle game works well for reinforcing a steady beat with older students.
With this song you can prepare and practise:
• The rhythmic element ‘tum-ti’ (dotted quarter note, eighth note).
• The melodic element ‘low so’.
SALLY GO ROUND THE STARS – Available in 6/8 metre and in 2/4 metre.
This enjoyable game is great for teaching the melodic element ‘re’.
The version in compound metre is useful for:
• Preparing 6/8 metre.
• Preparing some of the easier rhythmic elements in 6/8 metre.
The bonus version in simple metre is useful for:
• Preparing the rhythmic element ‘triplet’.
SING SONG SAYA
• As students become proficient with this circle game, increase the difficulty of the actions!
• Depending on how the rhythm is written, this song can be used to prepare and practise 'ties' or the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.
• A great song for preparing and practising the melodic element 'low ti'.
• A fantastic song for practising keeping a steady beat. (Even the older students will need to concentrate to stop themselves from speeding this one up!)
DRAW A SNAKE
This simple, fun circle game is great for:
• Preparing and practising the melodic element 'la'.
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic elements 'ta' and 'ti-ti'.
• Working on children’s relational confidence with opportunity for social interaction.
LET US CHASE THE SQUIRREL
Children can't get enough of this chasing, circle game!
• A useful song for preparing and practising the rhythm 'too' (minim/half note).
• A great song for preparing and practising the melodic element 're'.
PASS THE SHOE
This fun ‘passing on the beat’ song can be used in a variety of ways. It is terrific for:
• Practising beat with older primary/lower secondary students.
• Reinforcing tempi terms.
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'tum-ti'.
BOW WOW WOW
This singing game is great for:
• Teaching the melodic element 're'.
• Teaching the 'do' pentatonic scale.
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'sa'.
LONG LEGGED SAILOR
• This is a terrific song and game to use to teach the melodic elements 'do', 're' and 'mi' to older beginners.
• This game really challenges co-ordination and memory - good for many laughs!
• Also useful for practising beat and the rhythmic elements 'ta' and 'ti-ti' with older beginners. (There is an anacrusis.)
• You can start slow and become faster.
I’VE BEEN TO HARLEM
A fun, active, partner game performed in a circle.
• I have also seen the lyrics 'drink what you want to drink' used instead of 'drink all the brandy wine'.
• This song is useful for preparing and practising melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so', or if you only use the first part of the song, you can also use the song to make conscious these elements.
GO IN AND OUT THE WINDOWS
This song is great for:
• Having fun!
• Working on social skills - moving around each member of the class, you can encourage the children to make eye contact while moving around.
• Working on resilience - children will end up with a partner at the end of verse 2, they don't get to choose a partner. It's great for children to learn to do this at an early age and be happy about it!
FOUR WHITE HORSES
• This double-partner, clapping game has a very catchy tune making it appealing for younger and older students!
• This song is full of groovy syncopation.
• The melodic element 'low ti' can be practised with this song.
PAW PAW PATCH
Students love this line dance.
• A great song to teach the rhythm 'tika-tika'.
• A useful song to prepare and practise the melodic element 'ti'.
This game is in a similar style to 'London Bridge'.
This song is fantastic for:
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'tika-ti'.
• Preparing and practising the melodic elements 'fa' and 'low ti'.
• A fantastic song for teaching the rhythm 'ti-tika'.
• Great for practising the melodic element 'ti' in a minor tonality.
• Try making up simple steps to make this into a dance or use the suggested dance steps.
• Kids love repeating the song faster each time!
• As an extra challenge, have your students sing SOFTER as they get FASTER.
This 'sitting down dance' is from the Murray (Mer Island) which is the most easterly inhabited island of the Torres Strait Islands.
This traditional dance:
• is very catchy!
• is in extended do pentatony
• is great for a quick dance where students don't even need to move before they begin!
• is syncopated.
• This rhythmic improvisation game provides terrific early practise for improvisation.
• When playing the game, you may like to stipulate a particular rhythm your students must use at least once in their 4 beat improvisation.
• This song is also great preparation and practise for the rhythmic element 'syncopa'.
• The melodic elements 'fa' and 'ti' can also be practised with this song.
Word and/or action improvisation
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).
• Provides opportunity for singing in triple metre.
• A useful song for practising the rhythmic element 'too' in 3/4 time.
• Students enjoy making up new verses and actions.
BOUGHT ME A CAT
• Can improvise different animals and noises according to what themes you might be doing.
• For variety, you could improvise a music version e.g. ‘Bought me a tuba, the tuba pleased me, played my tuba by yonder tree’ etc.
• A great song for teaching the melodic element 're'.
• A useful song for teaching the rhythmic element 'tum-ti'.
I BOUGHT ME A CAT (PENTATONIC) – Bonus Version!
• Kids love this cumulative song. Particularly if they can improvise their own animals and animal noises.
• Great for memory work - the more children who are able to add their own animals and noises the harder it gets to remember them all!
• Fantastic for preparing and practising melodic element 'high do'!
• Terrific for teaching the rhythmic element 'tum-ti'!
DO DO PITY MY CASE
This song can be used for word and action improvisation. It’s also useful for:
• Practising the melodic element 're'.
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'tika-ti'.
MAMA DON’T ‘LOW
• Turn this favourite folk song into a way of learning students' names by following the instructions for the suggested game!
• The melodic element 'ma' (flattened 'mi') can be prepared and practised with this song.
• The rhythmic element 'tika-ti' can also be prepared and practised with this song.
MAMA DON’T ‘LOW (4/4) - Bonus version!
This catchy song is really useful for:
• Teaching the melodic element 'ma' (flattened 'mi').
• Preparing and practising the rhythmic element 'tika-ti'.
• Preparing improvisation skills - students can improvise their own words of things that 'Mama don't 'low'.
• Reinforcing beat for older students - this song has a nice strong beat which lends itself to beat practice.
• Discussing how the song follows a ternary form with a couple of small differences which can be analysed with students.
THE JOLLY MILLER
This singing ball game is also great for:
• Teaching the rhythmic element 'tum-ti' (dotted quarter note, eighth note / dotted crotchet, quaver)
• Preparing and practising the melodic elements 'low la' and 'low so'.