Below are the following purchasable video songs: Engine Engine Number Nine, Stormy Weather, The Blue Alligator Blues, When Cats Get Up In The Morning (Barnyard) and When Cats Get Up In The Morning (Jungle). Order all the videos on a DVD from CreateSpace here. Order the companion book "Adventures in Integrative Education" from Amazon here.
Engine Engine Number 9
North American Children's Chant, ©Arts of the Spirit
Children love to practice the chanting of the words while following the leader who must listen to determine the tempo of the train. Once the train is assembled, by counting off in fours, the engineer leads the train as students move to the beat and follow the engineer. Each time the music repeats, a new engineer (the next student in in line) takes a turn leading the group. There are many possible variations to this activity and the train can be a fun way to lead students from one activity or location to another. Designating a leader to guide the activity gives opportunity for individual students to experience directing the group. All students learn to follow directions, take turns, work together as they listen to the music and chant the words together. Musical skills include experiencing the beat or pulse of the music, responding to the musical phrasing, speaking the rhythm while moving to the beat, and listening to and responding to various tempos.
Stormy Weather: When the going gets tough, we all pull together.
Southern Sea Chantey, ©Arts of the Spirit
Students act out the roles of the trees and the wind as they respond to the music by moving lightly to a gentle breeze or bending over to a loud wind. The music determines when the wind blows, the tree and wind talk, and the vocal solo and chorus entrances. The trees are rooted in place and therefore cannot move feet . The wind gathers up air and blows it out in long sustained sounds of ooooo. The concept that everything is in relationship to everything else promotes good skill development in learning to work together. Students will need to listen to and write down the words for the tree and wind. The lyrics are downloads with audio track. The simple descending pentatonic melody provides accessible melodic matching. Overarching concept: when the going gets tough, we all pull together.
The Blue Alligator Blues
An original story song on 12 bar blues form, ©Arts of the Spirit
This is the song guaranteed to please everyone! Watch the old man, portrayed by a 5 year old in the video, as he searches for a way to stay young and healthy by learning how to Boogie. Traditional Boogie Woogie is music in which the words give the directions for the actions. Students listen to respond at the exact time to directions that instruct when to waddle, bobble, turn around, and pick up your tail and whomp it on the ground. There is no limit as to how to create the Boogie part of the song and each child is encouraged to create their own expressive form of movement to the music. We would love to see a video of your students with their interpretation of singing and moving this song! Making the alligator hats and tails are easy and natural ideas to accompany this activity. Build a swamp, take pictures, and put on a show!
When Cats Get Up in the Morning (Barnyard Version)
French Folk Song, ©Arts of the Spirit
This is the quintessential children’s song! The lilting 6/8 meter promotes natural swinging motion for the whole body and children quickly incorporate the pulse into the movement of the selected animal - mice are tiny and low to the floor - cows are big and lumbering - and their imagination creates wonderful playful movement. Students can be reminded to stay in their ‘own’ space in order to respect others. The music signals the vocal response with the four repeated pulses for the sound that each animal produces. Learning to respond in unison with others in an appropriate manner is a rewarding challenge and healthy learning activity. This structured playtime is perfect for those rainy days with no outdoor recess or as a needed break between exams or challenging times. This song is infectious and can be played with repeated success!
When Cats Get Up In The Morning (Jungle version)
French Folk Song adapted, ©Arts of the Spirit
This is the same tune as the barnyard version but the music is much more expressive in supporting the movement and character of five specific animals: the lion moves with stealth and slowly roars; the big bull frog leaps and croaks or ribbits; the elephant lumbers and reaches his trunk high with a bellow; the snake writhes and crawls and then offers a hiss; the gorilla makes a oogah sound that reverberates while he beats on his chest. Then, quietly, all of the animals return to the jungle and listen to each other communicate in their sound of choice as they lie down and go back to sleep. This is a great activity to experience the contrast between high energy expression and returning to a quiet state of being. This activity is great for practicing self control and classroom control with obvious audio and visual signals. Students can choose to take turns being different animals and acting out the song as on the video or they can all act out each animal. Again, creating costumes, backdrops, and support materials takes this activity into the possibility for performance as well as making videos for sharing. Just have fun!