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Children love learning about Ancient Egypt! From the mysteries of the pyramids, the grossness of mummification and Tutankhamun’s curse what’s not to like?!!
I’ve written these ten songs on Ancient Egypt which I do hope will appeal to your pupils. They can be integrated into any unit you may be teaching on the theme or as a contribution to a music course. They have also been used successfully in school assemblies.
There are some teaching notes and guidelines included in the PDF document which provide some useful advice.
The zip file contains:
1. A PDF of all the music sheets for the songs
2. An mp3 vocal backing track
3. A piano backing track (no vocal)
4. A Word file containing the lyrics
5. A PowerPoint of all the songs. This also contains all the lyrics plus illustrations – great if you are able to put them up on a whiteboard/smartboard!
The songs are:
1. “The Nile”
Some Geography here, with details of the famous river. It contains Herodotus’s statement, “Egypt is the gift of the Nile” and there are references to nilometers, the fertility the river brought and also to the Aswan Dam.
The gory details of mummification! (Not too gory!!)
3. “Mighty Pyramid”
This song provides a description of the purpose of the pyramids, the resting place of the Pharaohs.
4. “Hootin’, Rootin’ Tutankhamun”
This is a lively song about the boy Pharaoh in the form of a hoedown!
This song provides interesting information in a fun way about the famous Egyptian writing. It mentions Champollion and the Rosetta Stone.
6. “The Curse of Tutankhamun”
This song has an appropriately spooky tune and begins with the words: “What could be worse than an ancient curse?....”. Lord Caernarvon’s untimely death is dealt with! (Though the song goes on to make it clear that actually most people present at the opening of the tomb went on to live into old age!!).
7. “Building a Pyramid”
We now know that the pyramids were built, not by slaves, but chiefly by paid workers who lived in nearby dwellings and that is the perspective this song adopts. Check out this fascinating article from the Harvard Magazine: http://harvardmagazine.com/2003/07/who-built-the-pyramids-html
8. “The Sphinx”
A song about this most mysterious of ancient monuments.
9. “Toys and Games”
A song about some of the most popular games in ancient Egypt, such as senet, snake and the wonderfully named “Khuzza Lawizza” aka leap frog!
10. “Gods and goddesses”
No set of songs about Ancient Egypt would be complete without reference to the Egyptian gods of long ago! The song refers to Thoth, Khepri and Sekhmet among others.