Series Primary Music: Primary Music: Weekly Singing Session

Primary Music: Weekly Singing Session

Lesson Objective: Students enjoy a new song and learn about tune and pitch
Grades 3-5 / Music / Assembly

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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. In what two ways do students warm-up before learning the new song?
  2. What do teachers recommend about pacing and engagement?
  3. Notice the importance of hand signals in helping students understand tune and pitch?

5 Comments

  • Private message to Clare Dardis

I think the hand signals for pitch are a great idea, but what about using the actual sheet music rather than just showing the lyrics? I think even if you don't go through and have students actually learn to read the rhythms and pitches, they can still benefit from seeing the sheet music and starting to recognize patterns or that their voices move up and down just like the notes on the page do. 

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  • Private message to Rachel Kelly
I love that she points out how important the pace of the lesson is, and how the pace can keep them engaged and prevents discipline issues. Great way to teach pitch and dynamics in a large group setting.
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  • Private message to Lucy Dych
This is so wonderful! What is the song or resource for the song?
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  • Private message to Deborah Gibson
This was wonderful! What was the song--is there a resource for it?
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  • Private message to Diane Woodward
A huge room and an accompanist...wow! I remember being in first grade (54 years ago!) in Texas and we would have "sing-a-longs" in the auditorium. Kids love this. I can still remember a couple of the songs we sang.
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Transcripts

  • Summary

    A Key Stage 2 music and singing assembly is shown with advice and ideas primary teachers can use in their

    Summary

    A Key Stage 2 music and singing assembly is shown with advice and ideas primary teachers can use in their own school.
    The children start with a physical warm up, moving their shoulders and heads to relieve some of the stiffness left over from the first lesson of the day.
    Sitting properly, the children launch into a song they are familiar with in order to stretch their vocal cords and build their confidence for the task ahead.
    Teachers Alice and Jess lead the activity together and keep the pace moving to fully engage the children. They work as a team which helps with behavioral issues, and encourage other members of staff to join in.
    Jess plays the piano whilst Alice uses her hands to indicate to the children where their voices should be in terms of pitch and rhythm and they quickly get through the new song.
    Both teachers enthusiasm rubs off on the children and they leave the assembly hall singing the brand new song.

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