Stories and thoughts from day to day life in the Bullard Family

White Sand and Grey Sand September 21, 2012 Widgets

Here is my first post in a long while! Now I am trying to incorporate our music group into this blog. So here is my first attempt at using a widget to access some of the music we are using in our class at the moment.

While this recording uses different words than what we use in class, it is the correct melody.

We sang about sticks: red sticks and yellow sticks; who will play the red sticks? Who will play the yellow sticks?

Blue sticks and green sticks; Who will play the blue sticks? Who will play the green sticks?

I sang this phrase through once, then hummed it while handing two children a pair of sticks to play. I did this until all the children had sticks (and the adults). This required the children to wait to receive a pair of sticks, rather than everyone attacking the pile of instruments at one time. We all know this is good for practicing those skills related to patience and waiting one’s turn.

Once everyone had a pair of sticks, we played them on the floor, clicking them together at different heights (in front of lap, above head, etc.). All the while, we sang the melody with different syllables: la la la, dum dum dee dum dum, doo doo doo, etc.

Once we know the melody:

This song makes a great round- in fact, it is a round! We will sing this in class as a round. The children are not expected to do this, but having them hear what we are doing will plant the seeds to get them ready for harmony one day! Until then, we will sing about sticks and maybe other fun things like leaves, fruit, or whatever else we want to focus on.

And a side note:

Thanks for being patient while I get this figured out- I think I posted prematurely here, but should be up and running smoothly in no time!


Singing to an Infant: Spirituals June 16, 2011

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When our first child was born, my husband and I had just quit the choir.We were still in choral music mode and much of what we sang to her was from our choir repertoire.

Interestingly, this tended to be spirituals. Nothing felt better while walking a little baby around, dead tired and completely out of our depths, than a little Swing Low, Sweet Chariot or Going Down That Lonesome Road.

There is something about the Spiritual that embraces the feeling of having all your resources taken from you, yet wanting nothing more than to press on. Ah, parenting. The music is simply beautiful. Lilting melodies, repetitive strains, and if you have someone to sing with you, the potential for some fantastic harmonies.

Spirituals were often used as codes by slaves who were trying to reach freedom. This is not to imply that I feel parenting is anything one needs to escape or that it is like being a slave (well, maybe it is a little like being a voluntary slave). I’m simply focusing on the music here. The inspiration and motivation embedded in the music lives on through these songs, and I can feel it whenever I sing it. Hopefully, our baby can feel it, too.