Sing Me A Song

by Karl Hitzemann

This song is a nice, easy-going 2-part round that has a slower tempo and a simple melody. So even your younger singers should be able to pick it up fairly quickly.

The accompaniment features a rhythm section, flute, clarinet, and strings. While it does provide a very nice texture for the piece, you could also use just the piano accompaniment and maybe a guitar if you wanted a totally live performance. This would give you the ability to go through the round another time. You also have an opportunity to talk about the concept of "stagger breathing" because the last word for the singers is held for five dotted-half notes.

The lyrics talk about friendship in verse one and weather in verse two. You could certainly use different items to tailor it to your needs. For example, "Sing me a song about... teachers or pumpkins or seasons," anything that fits the rhythm.

Since this song is in 3/4 time, it will feel quite natural for kids to sway back and forth to the beat. This makes for a nice effect during a performance.

We've also provided a simple hand drum and triangle part that is played at the beginning, between verses, and at the end. You will find it on both the piano/vocal score and the lyric sheet on page 34. Different instruments could be used if you want, or you could add others with different rhythms to get more kids involved.

Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.