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Music festival for year 1 and 2 students

Discussion in 'Music' started by akrimil, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. I was given music as my co-ordinator subject in September but I really don't have a music bone in my body and my knowledge is very limited/ non- existent. The Head has asked me to enter a music festival this year with some of our students. However I don't have a clue what kind of song to pick to teach the children. I've looked at Disney songs and ones from musicals and bugsy malone, however I think these might be a little complicated for KS1.

    I would be grateful for any suggestions and I'm really struggling and need to pick a song soon as I need to start teaching it to them asap.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Your salvation lies in the Sing Up web site - there are loads of songs on there available to download for primary schools and the include song sheets and, in some cases, backing tracks. My only worry is that I think they are going to change the access agreement. Last time I looked though, it was all free, paid for by the government. Check it out.
  3. jubilada

    jubilada New commenter

    I can appreciate that this can seem scary, but give it a go. Choosing a good programme and being organised are the key points. Singup is a good starting point for songs.
    As for the Festival, check out the regulations carefully - some have rules over numbers of children involved, length of programme etc. Also see if you can speak to someone who has previously taken children - some festivals encourage dressing up, actions/movement (but remember it is a music festival). Also it helps to be aware of procedure at the event - coming on and off stage, do the children announce their programme etc
    I assume it is non competitive? Pick something straightforward that you and the children can enjoy and sing confidently, maybe add some simple actions, or percussion instruments. I used to work round a theme, eg toys, seaside, weather and pick 4 contrasting songs. Start with an easy bright song, finish with something fun.
    Practice walking on and off stage, do a practice performance for the school. If you are using CDs, have back up Cds/ equipment.
    On the day be confident and smile at the children - they will mirror your face!
    Good luck!

  4. Try Out of the Ark Music www.outoftheark.co.uk. They specialise in singing for primary schools. You can listen to song clips of songs on the website. Songs are catchy and very easy to learn and as a non music specialist, they are great, they provide book with lyrics and music score but also a CD with backing tracks and vocals. For some songbooks there is a Words on Screen option which is where the lyrics can be projected onto a whiteboard and the music synchronises with the what is on the screen - bit like karaoke.

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