By Pam Donkin
My K-3 after-school chorus gave a concert for their families and friends last month. They did a great job, singing partner songs, rounds, playing the spoons and kazoo and using American Sign Language. But the real treasure is that they sang mostly songs written by CMN Members!
I’ve been directing after-school choruses for 25 years and find that my colleagues in CMN know how to write songs that work for kids in today’s world: songs that resonate with them, have fun lyrics, and sound wonderful. At the same time, the children are being trained to blend their voices, use dynamics, and follow a director, so that they sing in one (or two if in harmony) big voice. Doing that, and having fun while doing so, is the goal.
Here is the list of songs we did. Links are included for downloads or videos.
2. “Open the Circle” round by Frank Hernandez and Ted Warmbrand
7. “Yellow Submarine” by Lennon/McCartney
8. “Yakety Yak” by Lieber/Stoller
9. “Lion Sleeps Tonight” (American sign language, with 2 parts) by Solomon Linda
Thank you, CMN!