(Really) Hot Cross Buns

Paul Colombino
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Matunuck Elementary, Wakefield, RI

TI:ME Technology Areas Addressed:

Electronic Musical Instruments
Sequencing

Level:

Elementary

Class:

General Music

Equipment:

Electronic Keyboard, Computer, Band In A Box

Duration:

30 Minutes

Prior Knowledge and Skills:

Students have learned the notes B, A and G on the recorder.

MENC Standards Addressed:

MENC 2: Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
MENC 5: Reading and notating music.

Materials:

Student copies of the song, Hot Cross Buns.

Objectives:

Students will learn to play the song Hot Cross Buns on the recorder. They will learn to play the song with different accompaniment backgrounds.

Procedures:

Students will review the notes B A G. 5 Minutes
The teacher will teach the song Hot Cross Buns, measure by measure, using echo technique.
Students will then practice the song several times unaccompanied. 10 Minutes
The teacher will have prepared several different accompaniments for the song using Band In A Box.
Students will play the song with several different accompaniment styles, with the melody and melodic rhythm remaining constant. 10-15 minutes.

Evaluation:

After several playings, the teacher will have a student start the song accompaniment on the computer while circulating to listen to individual players, checking fingerings, etc.

Follow Up:

The same process could be used for further G A B songs such as Merrily We Roll Along and Lucy and Linus (from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special)
As a final assessment, individual students could record themselves playing the songs with accompaniment.

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