Silly Songs for Remote Learning
Updated: Mar 27, 2020
If, like me, you're faced with the challenges of adjusting to remote learning, you may be seeking some resources to help your students continue to learn songs at home.
I've taken some of the work out of it for you by creating this collection of song & game recordings that students can sing along with at home. You can then adapt these to your liking, turn them into a dictation or composition task, have students record them as a sing & play and submit them for assessment or simply be happy in the knowledge that they are continuing to engage with meaningful music-making.
That being said, we also want to make sure they're still engaging with the sheer joy and silliness that can come with some songs such as these listed below:
Ah Dee Doo Dah
Ah Dee Doo Dah is a fun counting song with a slight variation on the actions/melodic ostinato performed for each number.
The classic melodic ostinato is a d-r-m pattern, so it's great for older beginners and the classic rhythm features a tim-ka.
Tooty Taa is just sheer joy and silliness bundled into a wonderful accumulative action song. Enjoy the opportunity to make your students laugh and smile!
(That being said, it's also great for keeping a beat, developing coordination and exposure to syncopation)
Flea is a wonderful song for younger students who are exploring their singing voice as it covers a full octave (both ascending and descending) in incremental steps.
There is also a speaking voice section right at the end, for contrast.
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
Now, I know what you're thinking. My Bonnie isn't a silly song, it's quite lovely! However, by the end of this very active activity, you'll be feeling quite silly!
It's a great choir warm up and is a good way of getting your students up and moving, as well as thinking really carefully about the words of the song.
Wash The Dishes
I love wash the dishes as an exercise in problem-solving. My younger students often get twisted up into a pretzel when attempting this for the first time and it's fun watching them negotiate their way out of it.
This is a compound time spoken word chant and can work really nicely as a partner song with "Bluebells, Cockle Shells" (same actions performed at the same time)