The Charm of Encanto Original Song With Orff Arrangement for Percussion

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Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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This original song inspired by the Spanish word, encanto, is accompanied by an Orff arrangement, Latin rhythm and melodic elements, and is a great extension to the movie craze that has swept the nation.  

It's a perfect concert selection or classroom exploration of Latin-flavored ostinati!

This song is in Dm so B flats are needed for xylophones. However, you can challenge kids to play the part on recorders if you don't have B flats on your mallet instruments. There is so much flexibility with the ostinati, that you can also leave this part out.

This resource includes:

  • a 45-slide PPT presentation that teaches the song with Kodaly and Orff specialized learning.
  • embedded audio files to break down the learning and as performance aids
  • PDF files of all the music notation with a full score and score reduction

The Breakdown

  • The Song-a patter song-ish style uses a reduced Latin bass line with lyrics that are an acrostic of the word encanto and what it means to be a family.
  • Orff-learning the ostinati involves using speech, body percussion, and then instruments.
  • Kodaly-the song is la-based so practice with la-re, re-fa, and fa-mi. Rhythm-notes include quarters, eighths, sixteenths, syncopation, and a great example of tied notes. If you aren’t ready for some of those notes, those slides are easy to skip.
  • Recorder-This optional part uses the notes low D, G, and A.

Performing Options

  • Instrumentation is suggested but the parts are easily adapted to the instruments you have in your classroom.

Because of the many audio files, it is available in PPT only.

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