Below, in no particular order, are some resources you might want to look at that draw on musical influences from around the globe.
1. Chinese music.
The song below is a popular Chinese new year song called Gong Xi There are many different versions on the internet.
Here is the music
GongXiGongXi (Thanks to Yoke Wong for sharing)
Ideas for using:
Choose some notes from the song to compose a simple ostinato
Learn to sing the chorus
Discuss which instruments have a suitable timbre that could be used to accompany the song ( eg cymbals, boomwhackers, glockenspiel)
Devise some rhthmic ostinatos to play.
Music express have a version of this song with English lyrics in their book
“Early years Foundation Stage Music Express”.
Investigate pentatonic scales and compose your own own GongXi refrain
Listen to Mu min xin ge – a traditional Chinese song about a mongolian cattleman
This has lots of potential for discussing timbre. There is a great ipad app called pitch painter which allows you to select chinese flute and harp to compose melodies by drawing on the ipad. You could also look at exploring tempo.
Juliet Donaldson’s book “The Magic Paintbrush” provides a great stimulus for composition using a pentatonic scale
2. South Africa
These two songs from Miriam Makeba are great to show classes. The first song has become known as the “click” song because “Q” is pronounced like a clike in the Xhosa language. It is sung at weddings
Pata pata is a dance. The children could work out some dance moves that fit with the music. This is a great song to create some rhythmic ostinatos that could be played/clapped as accompaniments.
Why not have a look at some samba clips? As the world cup is being held in brazil (and the next olympics) there is a good chance that children will be hearing plenty of samba all around them.
Here is a BBC clip
Although Samba can be a bit tricky for key stage 1 there are some great ideas for developing simple samba rhythms using the nursery rhyme “Ba ba black sheep” in the book “World Beats Music Extra” by Ensemblebash
Raga and tala in Indian music
There are some great resources for schools here. Really worth a look.
Raghupati Raghava RajaRam is an instrumental version of a traditional Indian religious chant. It was a favourite of Mahatma Ghandi
Can the children identify the changes in tempo?
Oxfam have got some brilliant lesson plans.
Click here to for key stage 1
Click here for key stage 2
The World Music Network is a fantastic resource and well worth a browse
Music express books published by A & C Black contain lots of great world music ideas. You can find additional materials to suport the books on their website here.
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