Classical round – great fun.
Originally a skiffle/bluegrass song from the US which has been adapted to almost every style. Very popular. You can bring in all the different instruments and make up new categories – beatboxers, walkin’ bass, plinky-plonk piano – etc. Easy to add percussion to and mimic the sounds of the instruments.
This is a jazz variation on the tune with a really easy accompaniment.
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A popular chanting song from the Philippines, sung in the rice paddies as work is done. Often sung by children in both Tagalog and English.
Traditional English round – plus jazz arrangement by Jilly Jarman.
Traditional English folk song. Humorous and gory.
A high energy song that can be repeated as many times as you like, getting faster each time. In Tokelau, this song is used when there are competitons between the three atolls.
Note: ‘f ‘ is pronounce ‘wh’ in the Tokelauan language.
Beth Allen says: “This is an old African American folk song that evolved from a plantation dance. It is closely linked to Hambone and is often found together in collections. Juba became a common name for African Americans who were talented at singing or dancing in the 19th century. The most famous was William Henry Lane or Master Juba, who combined African derived and European dances in his performances, including Irish jigs. He is now seen by many as the originator of tap dance.” Suitable for Key Stage 1, 2, and 3
Extremely popular song in Swahili from Kenya. 3 part harmonies – many different versions. Easy song to play on tin whistles or recorders.
There are many different versions – these are the two verses taught by Batanai Marimba, plus English words written by Beaconside Infants for their Year 6 leaving celebration.
Score | Words
Traditional folk tune with new words by Susanna Blamire and arrangement with Dave Camlin.
Traditional English round with three phrases. Try an ending with everyone staying on the first phrase in unison. This is also a great tune to use as feeder material for group improvisations – see suggestions below.
Score | score improv ideas | Audio – SW Peninsular Music Conference warm-up session
Traditional English Folk tune with a verse for each day of the week. There are many different versions and it is sung all over the world in different forms.