Teach form, Call and Response/Question and Answer, or just teach your students a great song!
With my 2nd graders learning about the Pioneers and my 4th graders learning Colorado history, I've been very immersed in western and country music.
I only knew "Goodbye Old Paint" from Copland's composition "Billy the Kid" so I was excited to learn the actual song. There again are many versions with different lyrics. For this PowerPoint I used the version in the "Wee Sing" collection. This song is also very easy to write your own simple ostinato accompaniment to.
This song has a lot of interpretations because of the different lyrics, but for sure it is about a cowboy on a roundup traveling from one place to another (specifically Cheyenne to Montana). Most of my students did not know what "Old Paint" meant so I included images of Paint horses and explained why they look the way they do. They also did not know where Cheyenne or Montana was so with songs that mention places, I always include a map so they can get a sense of where in the world (or in the United States) the song is taking place in comparison to where we live.
I used this song to teach my students several musical elements such as form and call and response. There are small animations to help students see the difference between the verse and the refrain and also helped cue in when a group needed to sing (when working on call and response). There are also notes included on some of the slides for teaching tips.
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