Minute Masterclass Episode 157
Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance and creator of the Foundations Course for Early Childhood Dance Educators and the DiscoverDance Experience Membership. Today, we’re talking about live singing piggy-back songs. A piggyback song uses a familiar tune such as a nursery rhyme but replaces the lyrics. The tune catches their attention and the lyrics tell them what to do. There are many ways you can add these songs into your lesson plan.
As a transition into a circle, to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”, sing “Make a circle. Make a circle. Big and round. Big and round. Everybody say hello. Everybody say hello. Now sit down. Now sit down.”
When exploring the concept of pathways, to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”, sing, “We are moving a straight pathway through the space. We are moving a straight pathway through the space. We are moving a straight pathway. We are moving a straight pathway. We are moving a straight pathway through the space.”
And lastly, you can use piggyback songs to teach terminology. Teach adagio and allegro by tiptoeing in a circle singing, to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”, “We’re moving small and slow. We’re moving small and slow. This is the way we go in adagio. We’re moving small and fast. We’re moving small and fast. This is the way we go in allegro.” Remember to check out today’s post on piggy-back songs inside the Early Childhood Dance Educators’ Facebook group. I’ll be adding video examples to the post. See you there!