new songs to teach old intervals
Date: August 22, 2012
Hello Colleagues - This is not completely choral related but I know you will have many suggestions. I am finding in my music theory classes that the traditional songs to help students learn and recognize intervals are completely gone from their repertoire. Not only do they not know the 2nd theme from Romeo and Juliet nor the songs from West Side Story, but I'm often hard pressed to find students that know My Bonnie..., The Saints Go Marching.... and the NBC theme. Traditional xmas carols and some very old standards still work (Greensleeves, Over The Rainbow) but that's about it fromthe repertoire that I've using for years.
Certainly I ask them for suggestions about what they hear and have added some new things to my list (The Simpsons, Star Trek, Superman Theme) but for the newest students even those are older songs.
So I'm looking for suggestions - do you have new songs for intervals that most students recognize? Obviously I'm pretty old school on this topic so if you're a younger teacher, what did you learn with and is it working for you? I know that I will hear from some of you about better methods for teaching intervals and that's great - a wide variety and combination of methods is always the best. But I will continue to use songs as part of that method so send me your ideas! I've been to lots of websites and all the old traditional ones are still there.
Thanks in advance for your collective wisdom and experience,
Phoenixville Area High School