This is a song I wrote and a SMART board file I put together to teach the days of each month, but I later expanded it for use in an Orff Schulwerk classroom. The song itself is nice alone, kind of bluesey, and the instrumentation is fun. The body percussion is similar to the kind of thing you would find in “Music For Children” level I.
If you click on the “Attachments” tab (it looks like a paper clip) you can find a pdf of the arrangement. The colored note heads correspond to boomwhacker colors, in case you wanted to expand the instrumentation in that direction. I like to put little colored stickers on each bar; I find that the extra visual cue really helps some kids.
I like to take this to another level by expanding it out into a Recorder Rondo. On the second page of the file, ask several kids to come write their birthday on the board and then the class as a whole figures out what the rhythm of their birthday would be. The boxes on top of the page are infinite cloners – you can pull a copy off the top of each of them and align it with the children’s birthdays. By stringing several of these together, you can easily create a short rhythm to be used in soloing.
On the second page, there is a triangle poking out of the right side of the page. This is attached to a box that has fingerings for Soprano Recorder in F Pentatonic. After coming up with a rhythm for soloing, practice the scale several times and lead the kids through some improvisation, eventually expanding out into a big awesome Rondo!
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