Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Second Grade - "(Seven Days of) Kwanzaa"

Kwanzaa from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello again, Ms. Unger and Ms. Apanay's classes. Our other song is about Kwanzaa, a celebration of the African heritage of African-Americans, that runs from December 26 through January 1.

Second Grade - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Put a Little Love In Your Heart from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi Second graders from Ms. Unger's and Ms. Apanay's class. The best way to memorize this song is to focus on the patterns in the lyrics. Which parts repeat? And which lines rhyme with each other?

Second Grade - "Al Quebrar La Piñata"

Al Quebrar la Piñata from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi Secondgraders in Ms. Wong's and Ms. Phillip's class. This song about a Christmas piñata has parts that are in duple meter and parts that are in triple. Can you tell which is which?

Monday, November 27, 2017

First Grade - "Mambo, Santa, Mambo!"

Mambo, Santa, Mambo! from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

First Grade - "North Winds Blow"

North Winds Blow 2017 from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello First Grade -- For "North Winds Blow," remember that we are going to play this song using body percussion, as well as singing. Interestingly, all three of the new "B sections" have the same body percussion part.

Kindergarten - "Must Be Santa"

Must Be Santa 2017 from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi Kinders. Here is our other song, "Must Be Santa." Can you remember all the gestures that go along with this song?

Friday, November 17, 2017

5th Grade - "Hitotsu Toya"

Hi 5th graders. Here is the Japanese verse of "Hitotsu Toya" at performance speed, so you can sing along. I did not include the English verses, but you are also responsible for memorizing those.
And here is the pronunciation track for you in Japanese. It is a challenging language for non-native speakers, but, as always, the best way to to look for the patterns. It is actually just a few words.