Welcome to Episode 14 of the Doremi Teach podcast. Today I'm going to teach you a song that's great for performing and listening to a steady beat using a hand drum.
Listen, listen, here I come
How many beats upon my drum?
Benefits of Listen Listen
This is a very simple game. You sing the song, and then tap a steady beat on hand drum or other untuned percussion instrument.
The students must count how many beats you played on your drum.
It’s tempting to tap throughout the song, but it’s better to wait until the end so it’s clear how many beats they are expected to count.
Start with four beats and then vary, but don’t do too many or they will lose count
You can give the drum to a student to tap – remember the beat is steady and even.
Someone special gets the drum
The game for this involves one student tapping the drum throughout the song, then choosing another special person to take a turn.
You could pass the drum around the circle while you sing again, and that would select your next drummer.
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I hope you have a lovely week, filled with music and singing.
You’ve been listening to the Doremi Teach podcast with Helen Russell from Doremi Connect. Helping you achieve your music teaching goals with the Kodály approach.