Singing the major scale for childrenPosted: October 4, 2017
Tomorrow I am conducting my first class after having my 3rd baby
He is only 3 months old, so it hasn’t been a longtime since teaching but feels forever. I stopped teaching in early June. I feel as though I have changed so much in these last 3 months. Personally speaking my father who I treasured and loved passed away after a long battle with cancer. So when I stopped teaching I wasn’t really relaxing waiting for our new arrival I was travelling to the hospital daily and trying to support my dad with his swift decline.
My mind was far from preparing to have a baby and certainly far from my music classes. The things that brought me joy were put on hold while I started my grieving process. Dad passed away on the 1st July and my little baby Zayne was born 4 days later on the 5th July.
My father was an accomplished musician and song writer and listening to his music has given me solace as I hear him sing and play his bouzouki. I just want to hear his voice sometimes, this has made me cry at the beginning, but now makes me smile. Dad also promised me his bouzouki which I am so very grateful I have and is sitting proudly in my music room.
So tomorrow I am teaching a music class, interestingly enough it is at a Rehab centre which the residents have their children stay with them and I feel like I haven’t taught in “forever” when the reality is it is only 4 months.
I feel altered by these recent events the oldest man i loved and the newest man I love today have changed who I am and I wonder how I will translate that into my music class. I’m excited to go, I miss teaching. It is a guilty self indulgence as I receive more from teaching music than my students do from learning.
I will be singing one of my own songs which my father helped me transpose. The purpose of the song is to teach singing in a Major scale. I have included it below:
Song: Going To The Moon (sitting on floor tap your knees) Get in the spaceship we’re going to the moon, going to the moon, going to the moon Where are we going? We’re Going to the moon, Today 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ,1 Blast off (jump up) (sing in Major scale) touch Toes (8), knees(7), hips(6), tummy(5), shoulder(4), head(3) house(2), crouch down(1), Blast Off (stretch arms out and fly around the room) Get in the spaceship we’re flying to the moon, flying to the moon, flying to the moon Where are we going? We’re Going to the moon, Today 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Blast off (walk a slow moon walk) Get out off the spaceship, we’re walking on the moon, walking on the moon, walking on the moon Where are we going? We’re Going to the moon, Today 8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 Blast Off (crouch back down to the floor and pretend to be asleep) Get into the spaceship we’re going back home, going back home, going back home Where are we going? We’re going back home going back home going back home
Thanks for listening, and I hope you like the song there is a lot of learning in this piece, such as the movement and physical touch for each step of the major scale, singing and is a lot of fun.