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Volume 3 Number 5

Harry & Rosemary Wong urge, "If you are a teacher applying for a job, it is essential that you ask the question at the interview: Does this district have a new teacher induction program? "...
The Miracle of Teachers
Teaching: An Awesome Responsibility
The Teacher is the Difference
All my Children
Improving Classroom Grading Procedures
Computer Use Policy: Informing the User's Consent
Families Get Organized For Success
Museums: Hands-on and More!
A Dozen Sure Fire Ways to Boost Memory in the Diverse Classroom
Another Way To Look At It...or...Thinking Like A Child
A Lesson in Economics by Alan Greenspan
The Benefits of eBooks: Learning With an Attitude!
The Reading Puzzle
Nobody Should Go Through It
Temperate Deciduous Forests
"OH DEER!" Game
What? No TV!
Teaching Gayle to Read (Part 5)
High School Research Papers
Music Lesson: Teaching High/Low Tones
Field Day
Field Day Games & Activities
The Creation-Evolution Controversy: A Guide for Teachers
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Index of Regular Features
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Music Lesson: Teaching High/Low Tones

from: The Early Childhood Mailring

In my Music class we are doing a lesson plan explaining High/Low (tone). I have been searching for a approriate song that we can use to teach to preschoolers about the concept and that is also fun and may have some actions that show high and low. If anyone has any ideas i would greatly appreciate it!! Thanks ahead of time.


I have seen our music teacher introduce this concept with two puppets. One speaks in a "high" voice, and the other speaks in a "low" voice. Any two puppets would work. She then moves on to various music with high and low tones.


I was a Music Teacher for 18 years, and one of the things I did for high and low was use the rhyme "Bee Bee Bumblebee". The children pretended they were bees and would say the rhyme and flap their pretend wings to the beats of the rhyme as they said it. When Bee Bee was up in tree we would say the rhyme high and stand up high. When bee bee flew down to the clover in the grass we stooped low and used a low voice to say the rhyme. You tell a story and use different voices depending on where Bee Bee is in the story. The children love to use their funny voices. Here is the rhyme.

Bee Bee Bumblebee
Stung a pig upon his knee,
Stung a pig upon his snout,
I'm sure glad that pig is out!".
Susan McBride-Wentzel

I also do this with a slide whistle - when the notes go up they stand, down they sit - they love this as I go up and down a little and then a lot.


How about this:

I know a little pussy
Her coat is silver gray
She lives down in the meadow
Not very far away
She'll always be a pussy
She'll never be a cat
For she's a pussy willow
Now what do you think of that?

Meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow Scat

Start singing on the lowest note and each lines goes up a note - start with hand low and as you sing higher and higher bring hand up a little bit. On the Meow's go down a note at a time and then a loud scat at the end.

Leslie Palmieri

I think all of the ideas presented on this subject have been excellent. From my experience in this area, I have a couple of ideas to share.

  1. Young children confuse high and low with loud and soft. I think it's important to use a movement activity for them to understand the concept.
  2. Singing favorite songs in a high or low voice while moving high and low is always a good activity.
  3. Songs about high and low with finger plays are good. Eeensy Weensy Spider is a perfect example. Another good one is The Grand old Duke of York.
Jackie Silberg