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Sally Go Round the Sun

The first stage is to sing it with students holding hands and walking in a circle, then changing direction on the word “boom.”

The second is to sing the song in your head and keep the beat with your feet and again change direction on the word “boom.” This is great for kindergarten and first grade.

The third is to sing it as a three-part canon with three circles. The circles start walking in the same direction as they start to sing, and then change direction at different times as they each get to the “Boom.”

“Sally go round the sun
Sally go round the moon
Sally go round the chimney pot
Every afternoon. Boom!”


Singing games

The Daily Doh

“Daily Do” is an original 67-note song using solfege and Curwen hand signs to sing intervals, major and minor triads and scales. It is the basis of learning the staff, steady tempo, and scales. Students learn from the teacher over days, weeks or months. Many fun variations improve memory and musicianship.
Lesson activities · Singing games

Mi Do Do game

mi-do-do-game-music-lessonStep 1
Draw an eight step staircase (sideview) on the white board. Write the solfege syllables below each step.

Step 2
Tell the students that, “Solfege is a method for teaching sight-singing in which each note of the music is performed with a special syllable called a solfege syllable. On the board I have written the seven basic syllables commonly used in solfege: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, and ti. The do that follows is the same as the other do, only higher.” Play the two do’s on the piano.

Step 3
Play the scale on the piano while singing the solfege syllables.

Step 4
Ask the class to sing the scale with you. Play the scale on the piano while singing the solfege syllables.

Step 5
Ask the class, “What is Solfege?”

Step 6
Tell the class, “A long time ago there used to be a bird called the Dodo Bird. It lived on an island near Africa and didn’t seem to fear the sailors. It was too dumb to run and was unable to fly making them easy to catch. Because of that the Dodo Bird is now extinct.”

“We are going to play a game. It’s called the Mi-Do-Do Game. The goal is to make sure that you don’t get caught being a Dodo Bird.”

Step 7
Tell the students, “I will sing and play three solfege syllables and you should repeat these syllables immediately after I sing them as long as I do not sing Mi-Do-Do. If you repeat me when I sing Mi-Do-Do, you are the Dodo Bird. Try not to get caught!”

Step 8
Play the game. Giggle a little when someone gets caught. Play again.

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Little Johnny Brown

Leader sings the song and demonstrates the sequence as follows:

“Little Johnny Brown, lay your comfort down”
—Strut into the circle and lay out a scarf or handkerchief (square is best) in the middle of the circle.

“Fold up the corner, Johnny Brown”
—Fold each corner precisely on the syllable “corn.”

“Show us the motion, Johnny Brown”
—Pick up the scarf and make a clear, repetitive motion. (Later, make sure that the group does not copy while singing this phrase.)

“We can do the motion, Johnny Brown”
—The whole group imitates the motion.

“Take it to your friend now, Johnny Brown”
—Strut over to someone else and hand over the scarf. That person now goes into the centre and the whole song starts again.

Continue playing until everyone has had a turn. If the group is too big, there can be several Johnny Browns (each with a handkerchief) going in the centre at once, with the remaining people in the circle choosing whose motion they want to copy.

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