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2024 June

Summer is on it’s way …   time to think about the school year that’s past, enjoy the songs are were enjoyable, and maybe get ready for Canada Day (July 1)!     “Ideas to get Started below

Songs from Canada   Land of the Silver Birch  My Paddle’s Keen and Bright   Donkey Riding   Klondike  Maple Syrup Saga  I’se the B’y   Lukey’s Boat

Campfire Songs   Old Hiram’s Goat  Do Your Ears Hang Low  A Sailor Went To Sea    Sweetly Sings the Donkey  Mama Don’t Allow No Singing  Miss Lucy Had a Baby  When I Was One  All Together – Let’s Make Peace  In The Summer  The Bear Went Over the Mountain  The Grand Old Duke of York  My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean  Bought Me A Cat

2024 May

Featured music today used to be called “listening” music.    What music isn’t “listening” music?   Hmmm …

I remember “listening” music in school as being –that long stuff that was boring–.   Now maybe that’s because my teachers chose long pieces that gave them a break from doing anything, or maybe it’s because it was the 1960s and most of school was sit still and listen.

Now it’s called “active listening” and reminds teachers and students that listening can be active  —with the imagination,  with conducting skills, with visual arts, with movement/dance, with exploring patterns and, and, and …     Engage minds and hearts in music that allows us to roam and create and with ideas and hands.

2023 October

Okay, I confess, October is my favourite month  (and not just because it’s my birthday month)!   October is brisk fall days with colourful trees, leaves whirling around, Thanksgiving food and HALLOWEEN.    So if you notice the videos are a little more elaborate than usual  –I confess, it was just such fun.

As well as songs, October is a good time to explore voices.

And maybe try a bit of hooting!


June 2023

Before researching  Savez-Vous Planter Les Choux, I could conjure up an image of someone planting their hearts into love because in France, it is the done thing to call a sweetheart “mon petit chou”.   Alas, the “chou” in this love statement is probably a pastry “chou”.  More understandable, but not as much fun eh?
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Cabbages became all the rage in Europe during the 1500s as an easy to grow and staple food source.   Chances are this folk song was a part of the same time.    Add the actions to planting cabbage with your elbows and nose as you sing.   If wanted its a simple twist to make the song cumulative.

Or visit John in a backyard garden for an easy to learn Call-Response song.  John the Rabbit

Oats and Beans and Barley  goes through the stages of sowing and reaping a crop.   Check out the video for illustrations of grains and the foods they become as the song is sung.

June is time to enjoy the year’s repertoire.   Challenge students to remember the best and worst of the songs they learned.   How about a contest to promote the “best of year” song with a vote held during the last music class?    Hearing student comments about “the worst” or politically correct phraseology  “the not liked as much” songs gives a review for teachers who will be preparing next year’s syllabus.

from May:   News flash!!!  (actually its not quite that new but)  —Take Me Out To The Ball Game is now in the public domain!!!   Sing it, print it, enjoy it  –and include the rest of the song because its a great story.    Take Me Out To The Ball Game