This is built from one of my favorite teaching units – bucket drumming karate, and my desire to bring it to a winter concert setting! The students love showing off their skills, and so do I! My favorite thing is to use popular winter and Christmas songs that I already own and have the students play along! Each song features instructions as well as lyrics and suggestions for how to play along from start to finish (and passing actions if appropriate), followed by a practice rhythm slide for students to try the rhythms before playing along with the song itself. These are fun for after concerts, as part of concerts, and even just as a winter activity to keep students active in your class!
This package includes 9 songs, including instructions and lyrics for each, two bucket drumming games (one passing game that is perfect for a concert!), and music from multiple disciplines, including mambo, jazz (including an improv section!), traditional German carols and of course the popular Alvin and the Chipmunks!
Each song is presented with "ta" language for rhythmic reading, as well as without, to adhere to a teacher's preference in instructing students on rhythm. Actions are suggested, and there are written notes for each song to assist in learning and mastery. Following the practice rhythm slide is the actual song rhythms for students to play along with the music! It's 38 slides in total, with fun graphics and an easy to teach method!
Song List (with my recommended track - music not included):
Dasher- The Chipmunk Song (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
Dancer – Jingle Bells (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
Prancer – We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Alvin and the Chipmunks)
Vixen – Mele Kalikimaka (Bing Crosby)
Comet – We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo (Big John Greer)
Cupid – Jingle Bell Rock (Bobby Helms)
Donner – Christmas Time in New Orleans (Louis Armstrong)
Blitzen – Kling, Glöckchen (Mannheim Steamroller)
Rudolph – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer