• Kindergarten: Form and Design

  • Call and Response Songs

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

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  • MET K Instructions Form and Design
  • 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:
    MET Kindergarten A1 TW Che Che Kule
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    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:
    MET Kindergarten A1 TW Drinking Gourd
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    Sample Song "Follow the Drinking Gourd"
  • MET K Video Form and Design

  • Call and Response Video


    Summative Assessment Exemplar: Form and Design