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Mid-Week Elementary Music Activity: Elementary Sing-Along

servemediaEvery fall, I run our first school year assembly for grades K-4 by having a sing-along. This sing-along includes songs that the students have sung in my classroom for years, songs that they learned for concert performances last year, and songs that are current. I try to reach all of the students mixing up songs with the kindergarten favorites from George Cohen’s “Grand Old Flag” to Laurie Berkner’s “I Know a Chicken,” to fourth grade’s favorite current pop songs like JT’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the upcoming movie, Trolls.

The students love this assembly. They sing along with their teachers and at certain times, dance in their seats. It is one of my favorite assemblies of the school year. To assist me, I hire my good friend who plays drums, which allows me to accompany on piano with simple to complex accompaniments.

Our playlist this year consisted of:

  1. Far Hills School Song
  2. Grand old Flag by George M. Cohan
  3. This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
  4. Armed Services Medley (5 songs)
  5. Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer
  6. Hello to all the children of the World (http://www.patana.ac.th/music/Year%201%20Show/Hello_to_all_the_children_of_the_world.htm
  7. It’s a Small World by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
  8. I Just Can’t Wait to be King from The Lion King by Elton John and words written by Tim Rice
  9. 50 Nifty by Ray Charles
  10. “Kindergarten” to the tune of “We Will Rock You/We are the Champions” by Queen
  11. I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E7l0JPgclE
  12. Tall Tales – grade 1 (to the tune of She’ll be coming around the mountain) 
  13. Blackbird – grade 1
  14. My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
  15. Do a Deer from The Sound of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein
  16. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru0K8uYEZWw
  17. Hall of Fame – Will.i.am – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk48xRzuNvA
  18. We are the Young by Mary Donnelly

What do you need?

  • Song list
  • Powerpoint/Prezi/Keynote that has the lyrics (if you perform an image google search of the songs, you will find many pre-made powerpoints/picture files of the lyrics so that you do not need to recreate the wheel)
  • Chord charts of the songs (perform a google search to find these or look in any fake book)
  • A very nice teacher to run the powerpoint of lyrics
  • A friend to accompany you on drums (optional)
  • Microphone
  • Screen
  • Projector
  • Time to test out the equipment to make sure it works
  • Time to create the powerpoint and to practice the songs

I hope that this inspires you to create an elementary sing-along.

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Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award and the 2016 NJMEA Master Music Teacher Award. TI:ME . You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com
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