1st grade

When I was a Shoemaker

Lyrics When I was a shoemaker, And a shoemaker was I, A this a way and a this a way, And a this a way went I. …baker… …doctor… …dentist… …teacher… …store clerk… …firefighter… See also Jobs Preschool community helpers …

Pitch Matching Performance Assessment Rubrics

Rubrics   Self-Assessment Rubric   See also songs for solo singing mi, so songs mi, so, la songs melody resources Extras for Plus Members: Rubrics with 3 or 4 choices, Student self-assessment (PDFs)

Songs for Solo Singing

Here is a list of songs that have parts to encourage students to sing solos: Amen Amen BINGO Charlie Over the Ocean Columbus Sailed With Three Ships Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone Down By the Bay Hickety Pickety Bumblebee In …

Little Bird

Lyrics Once I saw a little bird go hop, hop, hop So I cried, “Little bird, will you stop, stop, stop!” I was going to the window to say, “How do you do?” But he shook his little tail and …

Five Little Monkeys

This song seems to have roots in oppression. More info article – alligator bait Taking Racist Songs Out of Music Education Find different songs  

Quick as a Cricket

I love this book! I like to read each page, and then the children act it out (they can add bubbles). Sometimes I play the piano while they move; I improvise different styles to fit the words. If you prefer, …

Peter and the Wolf

by Sergei Prokofiev Recording of instruments / character themes Narrated by Lina Prokofiev – Amazon  |  iTunes Narrated by Sir John Gielgud – Amazon  |  iTunes Narrated by Leonard Bernstein – Amazon  |  iTunes These excerpts aren’t solos, but the instrument/character is …

Beat vs. No Beat

           Beat vs. No Beat Play keyboard examples of songs with an obvious steady beat (i.e. march) and long, sustained tones for examples with “no beat.” Or… play recordings while students circle “beat” or “no beat.” …

My Big Bass Drum

Lyrics Have you seen my big bass drum? Boom! boom! boom! A rub-a-dub-dub, A rub-a-dub-dub, Boom! boom! boom! As I go marching up the street, Wearing my uniform so neat, My drum and I are hard to beat! Boom! boom! …

1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Lyrics One, two, three, four, five, Once I caught a fish alive, Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Then I let it go again. Why did you let it go? Because it bit my finger so. Which finger did it bite? …

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