Teaching A Song and Learning New Variations

It is always fun to teach a new song to a group of students.  Sometimes there may be one or two students who already know the song and can help led the singing.  Occasionally, that one student may know a slightly different version that another teacher has taught them.  Today that happened in the Sunrays class with “Six Little Ducks.”  C. Sunrays shared his version:

Six little ducks that I once knew, (hold up six fingers)
fat one, skinny, ones, tall ones too. (hands wide, close, up/down)
But the one little duck with the feather on his back, (one finger, hand on back)
He led the others with his,
“Quack, quack, quack,  (clap hands to rhythm)
quack, quack, quack, (clap hands to rhythm)
quack, quack, quack.” (clap hands to rhythm)
He led the others with his (clap hands to rhythm)
“Quack, quack, quack.”(clap hands to rhythm)

He showed me clapping to the rhythm of “quack, quack, quack” and sing about “tall” ducks instead of “fair” ducks.  I liked the variations and we taught the song to his classmates.  They picked it up quickly and did all the hand motions with us.  There were some loud quacking ducks in the room!

I brought out a karaoke machine with a working microphone.  Each student had a turn being the leader, “quacking” into the microphone.  With excitement, each student grabbed the microphone to bring it closer to their mouths to sing into it.  It is fun to hear one’s voice amplified.  C. Sunrays led the class by singing with the microphone, he was a stronger leader and made it easy for us to follow him.

Then we sang the song together and each student had a chance to sing a few lines.  One student was shy and did not want to use it while the rest of her friends were thrilled to be singing into.  The students smiled and sang loudly, loving their moment with the microphone.  They even shared that they sing with microphones at home.  We have lots of great singers and it is always nice to share songs and learn new variations to familiar songs!

Thank you, C. Sunrays!

About Hilary Yip

Music Therapy. Martial Arts. Rowing/Coxswain. Creative Movement.
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