Greeting songs for elementary assemblies
Thanks so much for all your song ideas! They have been a great help!
Donna Rhodenizer has written a song called "We are
Children of the World". Click on the title to go to our web site for the
lyrics. Donna often uses this as a finale in her assemblies and many
other music teachers use it also. It can be found in the Computer Cat
song book including instrumental track on a studio produced CD. Go to
the Order Form on the web site for pricing details.
Red Castle Publishing.com
Here is a freebie that I have used successfully from Sibeliusmusic.com.
There are parts for Orff instruments but would be fine with unpitched
Another place I have found welcome songs are from Plank Road Publishing
in their magazine, Music K-8. They can be found at: MusicK-8.com
Chulu Chululu (Polynesian greeting song)
Sasa croma (Ghanaen)
Turn the World Around (Harry Balafonte)
My song, Amigos, based on a Ghanaian Highlife tune taught to me by my
mentor, Abraham Kobena Adzenyah, it can be sung in unison to four easy
parts (any combination works) and in four languages plus sign language.
It has a bit of a Latin feel, and can be translated into any languages
you have in your community.
World Music Press (ASCAP)
Intercultural Understanding through Music www.worldmusicpress.com
One I use with some of my classes (2nd-4th grades,
primarily) goes like this:
Guten Mor-gen, Guten Mor-gen
so-so do do so-so do do
Good morn-ing, good morn-ing
re mi mi re mi mi
Buenos di-as, Buenos di-as
so-so so so so-so so so
Buon gior-no, Buon gior-no
so-fa mi mi re do do
(solfege syllables separated by hyphens denote 2
eighth notes, song words separated by hyphens denote
each syllable sung as a quarter note.)
I use this as a beginning of class song. When the kids
have learned the song and can sing it well on their
own, it can then be sung as a round, so that makes it
more interesting for the older kids.
This is a cheer, not a song. K-6-s love it.
I've used it before assmblies and informal performances to settle
everyone, so that the principal or MC or chorus/band/orchestra or
whoever is in charge can start in a "gathered" environment.
Leader: Uh, a-wumba!
All: Uh, a-wumba!
Leader: A wicky wicky wumba
All: A wicky wicky wumba
Leader: That was nothing special.
All. That was nothing special.
Leader: You can be much louder.
All: You can be much louder.
the next 2 bits are the same way, but I'll just type them once
A wicky wicky wumba
That was nothing special
You can be much softer
(In a whisper, and softer and softer throughout)
A wicky wicky wumba
That was pretty special
Now it's time for __ __
(Now let's hear some music,
Now let's hear announcements,
or whatever you need)
Jubilate Deo by Praetorius and Tekwane a Zulu folk song I picked up at
Level 1 Orff Certification.
How about It's a Small World, Afterall. I usually use it for a
processional/greeting song, waving our small flags (different countries)
the refrain. Very upbeat and is enjoyed by everyone including