Our Marching Song

by Teresa Jennings

Here is a nice little utilitarian song that you can use in a variety of ways. It's super simple, short, and you can repeat as necessary. For example, you could use it as a processional or recessional to get kids into an area neatly. This could be in class or even in a performance. You could use it as a movement song, employing simple marching around the room or in place. You could use it as an exercise in following the beat. You could even use it in celebration of the month of March. Why not? Marching in March is fun!

The recording includes (what else?) a marching band. So maybe you could let your youngsters make believe they are a marching band. Put them in formation, and let them pretend to play the instruments as they march. You might let some or all play non-pitched rhythm instruments as well such as small drums, cowbell, or tambourine. If you let them actually move around, choose a leader or "drum major" for them to follow, or do that yourself. Uniforms are optional.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.