Music - Lyric store is right on song

4th March 2011 at 00:00

What is it?

Songs and Lyrics is a huge collection, from traditional nursery rhymes to classical choral music.

How to use it

Rather than spend all your free time trawling through the internet for lyrics to well-known songs, this brings an exhaustive collection together. From an interactive whiteboard rendition of "Happy Birthday" to a version of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" with the lyrics "Twinkle, twinkle, chocolate bar" (both provided by chocolate.eater), they're all here.

For younger children, chocolate.eater has shared links to songs such as "Five Little Speckled Frogs", "Humpty Dumpty" and "One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Once I Caught a Fish Alive" - each with vocal backing so children can sing along.

In a different vein, Michael Griffin has uploaded 100 choral mp3 files, for listening or downloading, across a range of styles. NGfL Cymru, meanwhile, has supplied a selection of traditional and modern "call and response", or echo, songs. And if you're keen for pupils to hear early music played on traditional instruments, there is a collection of mp3 samples of medieval music.

In terms of lyrics, there is a wide range to download. Elmsdale1, for example, has supplied all the lyrics from the film The Wizard of Oz. Annajo AR has uploaded lyrics for a selection of seaside songs, such as "I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside", suitable for early years and P1-3.

One of the challenges many teachers face is getting boys to sing, despite the fact it can make them feel more positive about themselves. Mudsailor has uploaded a song, complete with lyric sheets, music and a link to a video, entitled "It's Fun to Be a Boy".

Where to find it

All of these resources can be found at www.tes.co.ukmusic-and-lyrics.

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