Get Your Winter On

by Teresa Jennings

This seasonal rock song has a lot going for it. It is written in such a way that it could be used as a unison piece for younger singers. If you'd like to use it with older classes or a combination of age groups, it also works that way, notably if you include the optional second part. If you do, you will (as usual) find rehearsal tracks for it on our web site.

The topic is also flexible for programming, which you may appreciate. It could easily be added to a December program that is focused on winter, holiday, Christmas, or the general season/time of year. But as we all know, winter is not limited to this time, so it also works well in January, February, and even March for some (like us in the north). The electric guitars and bass, power brass, and driving drums lend themselves well to high energy, so be sure to let students really sing out. You may also wish to incorporate some movement – a lot or a little, depending on your situation. Invite the kids to come up with some steps for general enhancement, or to actually feature one or more dancers. At the least, consider using easy costumes like hats, scarves, gloves, etc. Props like ice skates, sleds, snow boards, or skis could be fun as well. (If you do use these, be sure to do so safely.)

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.