Musical Smorgasbord for Teachers of Young Children


A Song Smorgasbord for Preschool & Elementary Grades (1 hour)
Expand your sphere of musical offerings to children.  This workshop will tap into your own musical passions, producing inspiration to include a varied assortment of music for the young people in your charge.

Comments made about Alan Candee’s Music Workshop:

* “I found Alan Candee’s workshop on student engagement to be spot on for our students. I teach transitional kindergarten and we are used as a gateway class for special education preschoolers…..Alan showed us activities which help students to engage in learning and help students transfer knowledge to long-term memory…..Alan Candee showed us a plethora of like activities that are low tech but have all four (key elements of music, exercise, play and numinous activity) qualities. What he showed us validates the use of music and songs as a first teaching choice. Alan’s whole presentation is based on a lifetime of using such activities with students in different settings. Alan Candee helps the teacher tap into highly engaging and high quality teaching practices which can be used by anyone.”
(Theresa Loarca, transitional kindergarten teacher, Anderson Elementary, Dixon, CA)


September 13, 2014 Sacramento Play Summit “Easy Recipes for Making Music Part of Your Day”

AUDIENCE INPUT—Old Macdonald, Grandpa’s Farm, Join Into the Game, Hey Lolly Lolly (W. Guthrie), I Love My Shirt (Donovan)
DANCING—London Bridge is Falling Down, Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, The Farmer in the Dell, Skip to My Lou, Do You Know the Muffin Man?, Did You Ever See a Lassie?, square dancing (i.e.,Virginia Reel with Oh Susannah tune), international folk dancing (i.e., Mayim/Israel, Alunelu/Romania), This Little “Dance” Of Mine (Chorus together, verses improvised by children volunteers), “freeze” dancing, cooperative musical chairs (using floor mats)
ECHO/CALL & RESPONSE—Sippin’ Cider, Bill Grogan’s Goat, Heave Away(Australia), Green Grass Grew All Around, The Keeper, The Water is Wide, Old Texas, I Met a Bear, Who Did Swallow Jonah?, Father Abraham, My Name is Joe, Boom Chicka Boom, Going On A Squeegy Hunt, “Scat” singing for advanced leaders
ELIMINATING WORDS—B-I-N-G-O, Little Peter Rabbit Had a Flea Upon His Ear (Tune: John Brown’s Body…), Cabin In the Wood, Horse Went Around With His Foot Off the Ground (Tune: Turkey in the Straw), John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (loud/soft)
FOREIGN/ETHNIC—Frere Jacques, Vive L’amour, Tingalayo, De Colores, Waltzing Matilda, Mein Hut, Sarasponda, Three Craw, My Bonnie, Shalom Chaverim, Zum Gali,
HISTORICAL—Sing a Song of Sixpence, Sweet Betsy From Pike, Clementine, Home On The Range, John B. Sails, Whoopee Ti Yi Yo, Yankee Doodle(1754), Old Chisholm Trail, Old Texas, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Blow the Man Down(1849), Casey Jones, Jesse James, Shortnin’ Bread, What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor?, Paddy Works on the Railway
HOLIDAYS/SEASONS—Thanks to Hallmark, every day is now a holiday…
HUMOROUS—Down By the Bay, Aiken Drum, Grandpa’s Whiskers, Boom Boom Ain’t It Great to be Crazy?, Guess I’ll Eat Some Worms, Stay On the Sunny Side, Gladys Where Are You Going?, Baby Bumble Bee, Little Rabbit Foo Foo, Found a Peanut, I’m a Nut, Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts, Michael Finnegan, Turkey In the Straw/Stuck My Head in a Little Skunk’s Hole, Miss Lucy, My Name is Yon Yonson
INSTRUMENTATION—Make kazoos, shakers, drums, other percussion instruments from household and recycled items. Easier instruments for leader (teacher) to play: kazoo, drum, jaw harp, harmonica, xylophone, penny whistle. Suggested songs: Old MacDonald Had a Band, If You’re Happy and You Know It (“shake three times”, “shake it high”, shake it low”)
MOVEMENT—Do Your Ears Hang Low?, This Old Man, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain(1870), If You’re Happy and You Know It, The Eensy Weensy Spider, The Wheels On the Bus, The Noble Duke of York, Where is Thumbkin?, Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, One Finger One Thumb Keep Moving, My Hat It Has Three Corners, Junior Birdman, Loopty Loo, Hokey Pokey, Little Red Caboose, One Elephant Went Out to Play, I’m a Little Teapot, My Hands Are Starting to Wiggle (tune: For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow, courtesy of Carole Stephens), Once An Austrian Went Yodeling, Wadalee-atcha
NAME-INSERTED SONGS—Willoughby Wallaby Woo, Paw Paw Patch, The Name Game (S. Ellis), New River Train (“Darlings we can all love Nancy…cause she’s so fancy…”), If Anybody Asks You Who I Am, My Name’s ….(tune: London Bridges), Hey Lolly (W. Guthrie), Move Over And Make Room For “Marty”(M. Reynolds), Morning Town Ride (M. Reynolds)
NARRATIVE—The Fox(1492), Frog Went A-Courtin’(1540), Abiyoyo (P. Seeger), The Cat Came Back, Grandfather’s Clock (1876), Hush Little Baby, Little White Duck, Riddle Song (1785), Marvelous Toy (T. Paxton), Goin’ To the Zoo (T. Paxton)
NONSENSE—Apples and Bananas, Shake My Sillies Out, Blue Tail Fly(1848), This Old Man, Jenny Jenkins, Polly Wolly Doodle (1853), Frog Went a-Courtin’(Hinton), Picolomini, Risselty Rosselty, (“nonsense…wakes up the brain cells”—Dr. Seuss)
PARTNER SONGS—When The Saints Go Marching In/Swing Low Sweet Chariot/Crawdad Song/She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain/Good Night Ladies/Amazing Grace—Oh Susannah/Camptown Races/Turkey in the Straw—This Train/Rock-a My Soul/10 Little Indians—This Old Man/Oh, Dear, What Can the Matter Be?Liza Jane/Michael Finnegan/10 Little Indians/Skip To My Lou, Mulberry Bush—What Shall We Do With A Drunken Sailor?/Sinner Man—Zum Gali Gali/Shalom Chaverrim—Dixie/Yankee Doodle—Farmer in the Dell/Row, Row, Row Your Boat/Three Blind Mice/Frere Jacques/Are You Sleeping?—Mary Had a Little Lamb/Go Tell Aunt Rhody—Rock-a My Soul/He’s Got the Whole World—Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho/Hey Ho Nobody Home/When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again/Wade in the Water/Kookaburra-
PATRIOTIC—Star-Bangled Banner, This Land Is Your Land, America, Yankee Doodle (1754), Dixie, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful
PIGGY-BACK SONGS—Twinkle, Twinkle/Baa Baa Black Sheep/A-B-C Song, For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow/The Bear Went Over the Mountain, If You’re a Lizard and You Know It, Head Shoulders Wings and Feathers, The Geese On the Bus…
PROPS—Flannel board (Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly), wig (There’s a Hole in the Bucket), puppets (Peanut Butter & Jelly)
RELIGIOUS/GOSPEL—Will the Circle Be Unbroken, This Little Light of Mine, He’s Got the Whole World, New River Train, Get On Board, Down By the Riverside, Oh Mary Don’t You Weep, Lonesome Valley, Oh Freedom, This Train, I’m Gonna Sing, Rock A-My Soul, Swing Low, Michael Row the Boat Ashore, When the Saints Go Marchin’ In
RHYTHM—Body percussion, ham bone, syncopation, rhythm instruments
ROUNDS—Row Row Row Your Boat, Three Blind Mice, Little Tommy Tinker, Are You Sleeping?/Frere Jacque, Kookaburra, 10 Little Indians(Puppy Dogs), I Love the Mountains, Hey Ho Nobody Home, Make New Friends, A Ram Sam Sam, Down By the Station, One Bottle Pop, Zum Gali Gali
MUSIC AS TEACHING AIDS—Reading (any song), history (songs that explain historical events or songs from historical periods), shapes, colors (Jenny Jenkins), math (One Elephant, Five Green and Speckled Frogs, Six Little Ducks, 10 Little Indians, Five Little Monkeys, etc.) geography (What Did Delaware?)
TRANSITIONAL—Songs for cleaning up, lining up, washing up, saying hello/goodbye, The More We Get Together, “Here Comes Sarah”
WORK SONGS—John Henry, John B. Sails, Pick a Bale o-Cotton, I’ve Been Working On the Railroad, Erie Canal, Michael Row the Boat
Ashore, Paddy Works On the Railway, Cape Cod Boys, Haul Away Joe, and many more sea chanteys & slavery work songs
ZIPPER SONGS—Old MacDonald, She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain, Green Grass Grew All-Around, There’s a Hole in the Bottom
of the Sea, Rattlin’ Bog, I Had a Rooster, This Old Man, Five Little Ducks, Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

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