The Repeat Song

by John Riggio

We could have addressed multiple functions of repeats in this musical concept tune, such as endings, one or two bar repeats (dots with slashes), etc. But that might have confused young minds learning this concept for the first time, so we decided to keep it simple and just address the one concept: Two dots and a double bar mean you repeat the section. Be sure to go over the how's and why's of repeats, and explain the concept of a "road map," which we mention in this song. (People driving cars have maps to follow the road; people playing music have maps to follow the music.)

Since the song repeats sections so frequently, the music is simple and repetitive, making it easy to learn. Also, pay attention to dynamics. The repeated sections (and endings) are mezzo-forte, but everything else is forte.

Note: You can find a free copy of the student part for this song tucked into the flyers that came with this issue. You can also go to our web site and download it if you'd rather. We are offering this as a demo for you to see if you like our student parts, printed or downloadable. Just go to the "Graphics and Extras" for Volume 21, Number 1.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.