I recently had the pleasure of attending the Back To School joint workshop hosted by VOSA (Victorian Orff Schulwerk Association) and KMEIA (Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia).
While I was there I was lucky enough to observe an Orff workshop (I know, stepping outside of my comfort zone!) with the wonderful Melissa Dods (past VOSA president).
In the workshop I learned a new favourite chant, called "From Wibbleton to Wobbleton", which goes as follows:
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles
From Wobbleton to Wibbleton is 15 miles
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton, from Wobbleton to Wibbleton
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles.
I know, quite the tongue-twister!
After learning the chant, we proceeded to add layer after layer of complexity, including a hand-clapping game where Wibbleton is tapped on your shoulders, Wobbleton is tapped on your knees, "15 miles" is clapped with a partner and any beats in between are clapped by yourself.
We then learned a "travelling rhyme":
It's only 10 miles as the crow flies (croak twice like a crow: Craaw! Craaw!)
It's only 10 miles as the crow flies (Craaw! Craaw!)
In blue skies, with yellow eyes,
It's only 10 miles.
During the travelling rhyme, students walk the beat around a circle, flapping their arms like wings for every crow call. They make a rainbow sign (waving their arms above their head) for the "blue skies" and then gesture to their eyes (in a very 70's disco style which I loved) for "yellow eyes".
The two chants can then be layered over the top of one another in canon (the travelling rhyme starting after 4 beats).
We then progressed to mallet percussion instruments, adding a simple bourdon for the first rhyme and a pentatonic scale improvisation for the travelling rhyme.
All of these details and more can be found in the book "From Wibbleton to Wobbleton" by James Harding