Aim: How can we sing songs together through call and response?
Summary: Students explore call and response songs through singing.
Standards: US 1, 2, 3; NYC 1, 2, 6
Modality: performing, listening, responding
Materials: echo song
Time required: 15 minutes
This activity is part of: Music Educators Toolbox

Instructions

  1. Warm up by singing a simple call and response song with students.
  2. Explore the definition of a call and response song with students.
    I’m going to “call” or sing a phrase and you will respond by singing it back to me.
  3. Sing a well-known echo song with students. You may use this as an example:
    Download Teacher Worksheet: Sample Song “Che Che Kule”
  4. Perform the song again and have students take turns being the soloist/leader.
  5. Create movements to indicate when the soloist is singing and when the group is singing. (Example: Hold up one hand when the soloist sings, and hold up both hands when the group sings; walk when the group is singing, and freeze when the soloist sings, etc.)
  6. Listen to another well-known call and response song. This time, use a song that is not an echo, but has a different response. You may use this as an example:
    Download Teacher Worksheet: Sample Song “Follow the Drinking Gourd”

Assessment


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