Darlene Abbott | Music Mom

Let the Games Begin


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3 Things to Watch for When Selecting Games

Games are wonderful!  They make learning fun and teaching a joy. Here are three things to watch for when selecting games.

  1. Does this game allow students to put a musical concept in action? A game should facilitate kids taking a musical concept that you have taught and making it come alive.  You can say all day long that in music “P” stands for piano which means quiet, but until a student can try this with their mouth or on an instrument……well, it just doesn’t stick.
  2. Does this game involve several types of learning? Games do not always have to be loud and crazy.  Some children can not learn in that environment. Make sure that your selection of games covers a variety of learning styles.  If a game calls for lyrics to put into the correct order by giving different words or sets of words to different students, then it has several benefits. It allows you to involve the students that need to get their bodies moving, it helps the visual learners see the order of the lyrics, and finally it helps the auditory learner process the words.  (These are the type games you will find at the Music Mom.)
  3. Could this game be used again? Of course, we are to be wise stewards of our budgets (whether work or personal) we need to know that a resource can be used again.  A few things to think about are:
    • Can this be used for review?
    • Can this be used over and over in the same form or will I have to change something?
    • Can this game be used by students alone or will it take a facilitator?

As you can see, not all games are created equal. So use these three simple tips to help you select the best game for your class.

Keep singing!

Mrs. Darlene


Pentatonic Hymns


IMG_2635Here is a list of pentatonic hymns and some that are simply harmony hymns that can be used in choir.  These can be used with voices, bells, boomwhackers, or any other pitched instruments.

Jesus Loves Me                                 Joyful, Joyful                                  O For a Thousand Tonues

What Wondrous Loves is This          On Jordan’s Stormy Banks           O Come, O Come Emmanuel

How Firm a Foundation                    Amazing Grace                             We Three Kings

Go Tell It On The Mountain              I Saw Three Ships                         Come All Christians be Committed

For the Beauty of the Earth             There Is a Fountain                        I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

I’ve Got Peace Like a River            What Child is This                          Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord

Child of God                                   Children Go Where I Send You     I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen      Away in a Manger                          He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands

Have fun making melodies with these pentatonic and simply harmony hymns.

Keep Singing,