This Japanese version of 'Teddy Bear' uses only three pitches, do-re-mi and rhythmic elements of ta, rest and titi.
FOCUS: Practice "do" and "mi", as well as rhythms of ta, titi and rest.
Prepare for "re".
Instrumental parts are included, and there is a flute accompaniment embedded in the song (both slow and faster versions). Dynamics are noted on the instrumental parts and are defined.
There are multiple opportunities for compare and contrast. By tapping on 4 beat phrases they are highlighted, color coded and allow children to see similarities and differences.
Writing the melody takes place by dragging the color coded pitches to the correct places on the staff.
There is even a page for you to compare Kuma San to Teddy Bear, if Teddy Bear is already a known song. They both use only 3 pitches and have the same beginning rhythms. They are both about bears and are both jump rope songs, with the jumper following the directions in the text.
Kuma San, a Traditional Japanese Game Song
by arranged by Debra Keller-Perry
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