26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class

26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class
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Notes for 26 Beautiful Unison Songs for Choir and Class (These notes also included in your download!)

Songs for Junior Choir - These songs are suggested for year levels 1-4.

APUSSKI DUSKY

· A happy song that tells the story of a school of sardines avoiding getting caught by fishermen.

· A small group of children could act this out while it is being sung.

BONJOUR MES AMIS

· A lovely song to begin a concert, rehearsal or lesson. Substitute the word ‘goodbye’ for ‘hello’ to use as a farewell song.

· Embrace other cultures by substituting greetings in other languages. The only words in this song are 'hello my friends'! This makes it very easy to adapt. (The download is in French and English.)

CUCKOO

· This song can be used to teach a choir that silence is part of music and has its own rhythm and keeps to the beat. In the opening line, children sing ‘cuckoo’ [rest], ‘cuckoo’ [rest] calls from the wood.

· Reference is made to ‘Springtime’, however, new words can be substituted so you can sing it all year round. ‘Win-ter’; ‘Sum-mer’, ‘Fall time’ or ‘Au-tumn’.

LAND OF THE SILVER BIRCH

· A beautiful Canadian folk song in la pentatonic scale. (I.e. minor tonality)

· There are 3 verses.

· The last line can be sung or played on tuned percussion throughout the whole song as an ostinato if desired.

NINNA NANNA

· A beautiful Italian nursery rhyme with Italian and English lyrics.

· The 6/8 time signature lends itself to gently swaying to the beat.

· Young children could have a doll or soft toy they could ‘rock to sleep’ as they sing. Having something to hold can help little ones feel more confident on stage. You may wish to rehearse with and without the toys to determine whether your little singers produce more volume with or without them!

OH WATCH THE STARS

· A beautiful song with peaceful melody and actions.

· Great to use as a calming song while keeping little hands busy!

· There are 5 verses, providing opportunity for soloists or small groups to sing sections.

UP UP IN THE SKY

· A gentle song in 3/4 metre.

· Children love the bit where they get to 'stage whisper'!

Songs for Intermediate Choir - These songs are suggested for year levels 5-8.

ALL NIGHT ALL DAY

· A beautiful spiritual in Major tonality.

· In ternary form.

· Two verses

BUILDING YOUR COMMUNITY

· An original song by Miriam McLatchey. Only available here and from MySongFile.com

· Available in 2 keys – D Major and F Major

· This heart-warming song can be sung for Thanksgiving - or all year round!

· With a simple message, relevant to inclusivity of all people without judgement of age, race, ability, mental or physical health.

INANAY

· A beautiful lullaby from the Torres Strait Islands (Australia).

· Grab the attention of your audience! Your choir could walk on stage singing the ‘Goowana’ section’ (repeat this section as necessary) until they are in their places, then seamlessly start the song from the beginning. Or begin your lesson with your students walking in singing the ‘Goowana’ section. When they are seated sing from the beginning.

MARIANINA

· This folk song was very popular in the fifties and sixties. It's a beautiful, fanciful song and is easily remembered!

· The melody is from an Italian folk song of the same name. The Italian song is about a broken heart. This English version is about a fairy.

· Available in 2 keys – C Major and Eb Major

SAKURA

· To be sung a cappella.

· This Japanese folk song has a beautiful, haunting melody.

· Great for intonation work!

· There are some large intervals including, minor 7ths, perfect 5ths and augmented 4ths

SING SWEET MUSIC (also included in the list for Senior choirs)

· To the tune of ‘Greensleeves’ with lyrics by Miriam McLatchey, this is a beautiful song to use to conclude a concert. Only available here and from MySongFile.com

· You might like to print the words in a concert program so your audience members can join in. When community combines with the members on stage, everyone is united making music and it can be a very moving conclusion to your concert. To encourage your audience to join in, you can strategically place some of your strong singers amongst the audience! This can give people the courage they need to participate. You might like to have your on-stage singers sing it once or twice before asking your audience to take part.

SONG OF THE SKYLARK

· A beautiful song by Composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), from the Romantic era.

· The joyous melody and words are as uplifting as the arrival of spring after a cold winter.

· There are 2 verses

THERE’S A LITTLE WHEEL

· A delightful Appalachian folk song.

· There are 5 verses that can be performed.

· You might like to have soloists or small groups perform different verses.

· Works well with rubato, (slowing down and speeding up) and even some strategic pauses.

TREE SONG

· A beautiful, inspirational song for children.

· It can be the catalyst for discussing with children how they can grow up happy, regardless of their circumstances (i.e. the good times 'sun' or the hard times 'shadow'). How they can hold their heads up and plant their roots (e.g. their beliefs and integrity) down deep.

* Bring out the musical beauty of this song by singing 4 bar phrases rather than two bar phrases. I.e. as much as possible, have children refrain from breathing at the end of bars 2, 6, 10 and 14

* You might like to add a pause to the last note of the verses to add poignancy - and a chance to breathe!

TUM BALALAIKA

· A traditional Yiddish folk song.

· Written in a natural minor scale.

· The 3/4 metre adds a touch of playfulness!

· There are 2 verses.

Songs for Senior Choir - These songs are suggested for year levels 9-12.

ARIRANG

· A beautiful Korean folk song in 3/4 metre.

· Lyrics are in English.

· When sung a cappella the song is quite breath-taking. Will need a choir whose intonation is secure to achieve a pleasing performance.

EVENING PRAYER

· This beautiful song is suitable for advanced unison singing.

· The tone set is ‘do, re, mi, fa, fi, (sharpened fa) so, lor, (flattened la), la, ta, (flattened ti) ti, high do, high re, high mi and high fa’. Care needs to be taken with intonation through the chromatic passages.

· This song has a wide vocal range (octave + 3)

· Available in 3 keys, do = A; do = Bb and do = C

HARD TIMES COME AGAIN NO MORE

· A beautiful, poignant song.

· The thought-provoking nature of this song makes it a lovely choice for singing at benefit concerts or to sing when a community is coming together in times of hardship.

· Available in 2 keys, Eb Major and C Major

KEEP YOUR LAMPS

· A beautiful African American spiritual

· The lyrics together with the minor tonality invoke a sense of deep emotions, suffering, faith and community.

LONDONERRY AIR (DANNY BOY)

· A beautiful Irish folk song.

· This song has a wide vocal range (octave + 4)

· Beautiful, sustained legato phrasing is required for this song. Good breath support is necessary.

· The tempo is slow giving singers an opportunity to delight in creating an atmosphere of longing and musical beauty.

· Gentle rubato (a more flexible tempi, moving faster and slower within phrases for emotional effect) in the second half of the song can enhance the performance of this song.

SING SWEET MUSIC (also included in the list for Intermediate choirs)

· To the tune of ‘Greensleeves’ with lyrics by Miriam McLatchey, this is a beautiful song to use to conclude a concert. Only available here and from MySongFile.com

· You might like to print the words in a concert program so your audience members can join in. When community combines with the members on stage, everyone is united making music and it can be a very moving conclusion to your concert. To encourage your audience to join in, you can strategically place some of your strong singers amongst the audience! This can give people the courage they need to participate. You might like to have your on-stage singers sing it once or twice before asking your audience to take part.

THE ASH GROVE

· A beautiful Welsh folk song.

· A bright, happy song.

· The 3/4 time signature creates a gentle, flowing beat. This is complemented by the use of melismas, (where more than one note is used for a single syllable).

· Lyrics are in English

THE CUCKOO

· A beautiful folk song in natural minor.

· This folk song is from Somerset, England.

· The 3/4 time signature creates a gentle, flowing feel.

· There are 3 verses. Depending on your students, you might prefer to perform only the first verse.

· Encourage students to use good breath support when singing the octaves, arriving ‘gently’ on the top note of the octave.

THE WATER IS WIDE

· A beautiful Scottish folk song.

· The tempo is slow giving singers an opportunity to delight in creating an atmosphere of peace, rest and musical beauty.

· Sing with good breath support to achieve long, legato phrases.

· Staggered breathing may be required to sustain the 4 bar phrases, (singers may be tempted to breath after 2 bars at this slow tempo).

· There are 4 verses.

· Available in 2 keys, F Major and G Major

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME

· A beautiful, pensive Scottish folk song.

· An ‘andante’ tempo works well for this song.

· The verses can be sung by soloists or small groups, with all the singers joining for the chorus ‘And we’ll all go together, to pull wild mountain thyme…’. Alternatively, everyone can sing the whole song with verses sung at a quieter, more reflective dynamic.

· There are 3 verses.

Age ranges are suggestions only. You know your singers’ musical taste and capabilities best!

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