Songs ‘in the round’ are a great way to get multiple people involved in singing at the same time!
Understanding Round Songs
Round Songs are musical songs where two or more people are singing a similar melody, but the words and the starting time are different for each person (or group of people). They are a bit tricky at first but a great think for young musicians to practice and get better at! One advantage is that each person often only has to sing one line that is easy to remember. However, as the new people get involved singing new lines in the song, it can often become more challenging to concentrate on singing your own line!
Practicing Round Songs with Kids
Singing songs in the round with kids gives them the opportunity to practice two essential musical skills: 1) harmony and 2) rhythm/timing. Singing different parts with different people forces someone to hear their own voice with other voices, and to hear how they are harmonizing with others. And while the different lines, or parts of songs in the round may have different words and melodies, they are always designed to be the same length. So, singing and making sure that you are starting and ending at the same spot as another group is a great way to think about and practice timing in music.
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