This set includes seven familiar American folk songs (ten arrangements), perfect for creating a themed unit and/or performance, tying into social studies lessons, using as literacy fluency activities, or enriching musical exploration of meter, form, chords and melody. (Please check out my preview file.) All seven pieces are written in my Color-Chord-inated® format, and three (simpler melodies) are also notated on the staff with color-coded note heads. This set includes these titles: Buffalo Gals (chords), Oh Susanna (chords and melody), Old Brass Wagon (chords), Skip to My Lou (chords and melody), Clementine (chords), Sweet Betsy from Pike (chords and melody), She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain (chords). Two of these pieces are in 3/4 meter (a nice contrast).
These proven, practical formats facilitate success with Boomwhackers or bells, and work well for teachers and students with very little music experience as well as seasoned music teachers and older students. (Adult groups enjoy them too!) Reading lyrics and notes builds fluency and eye tracking skills. Playing and singing the songs build eye-hand coordination, timing, musical skills, collaborative skills, and classroom community. Note: If your bells, chimes or boom pipes aren’t color-coded, print out and tape the colored letters (last page) to the instruments. These songs may be electronically projected (great for keeping students focused and guiding discussions). They may also be color printed and enlarged if desired.