I Feel So Waltzy

by Teresa Jennings

Here is yet another option in this issue for your Music In Our Schools Month focus. Or not. It is also just fine as a musical concepts tool for helping students learn about 3/4 meter and/or the waltz, both as a musical style and a dance, if you like. The light orchestral accompaniment is somewhat reminiscent of classical waltzes, but simplified for kids. The lyrics remind them to count 1-2-3, 1-2-3 throughout, mentally and literally in some spots. It's okay to let a little humor into their singing, too, especially when the counting finishes their phrases. The bridge could be sung a little melodramatically for fun as well.

Because of its title and performance-worthiness, you could definitely skip the music lesson (or add to it) and go right to singing and dancing, with or without an audience. Even if waltzing isn't in your wheelhouse, try to incorporate a few steps if you can. A simple step to the side on one, followed by feet together on two and three, then reverse and repeat, and you've got a dance. You could also get totally carried away with real waltzing, individually or in couples (once distancing isn't a problem anymore). The simplicity or complexity is up to you.

(Note: This song includes a Diving Deeper Into The Music learning assessment PDF.)

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.