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Listen and Learn Music: Faster is Better

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Faster is Better

When I was a child, I loved songs that sped up as I sang them - songs like John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt and The Song That Never Ends. I found a great song in the "Learning Through Music" songbook called I Don't Care if the Rain Comes Down, which my students absolutely love. However, we've been singing it for months now, and I decided it was time for a new slow-to-fast song. I just wrote it, so it hasn't been tested and approved yet, but I'm not too worried. I stuck with the formula, and this is what I came up with:

I know a song that starts out slow.
I like to sing it everywhere I go.
My friends join in an then we begin
To speed it up a little bit.

Keep up with me, keep up with me
Sing it loud or sing it quietly
Whatever you do, don't fall behind,
Or else we'll have to rewind.

So there you have it. The only problem with songs like these is that the kids always want to sing it faster, even when I've reached my maximum guitar-playing speed. But as long as they're having fun, that's what matters :)

It's a beautiful Sunday afternoon, but I've been inside recording and working all day. The beginning of each month is a little busier than usual, but soon things will settle down and I'll have a little more time for relaxing. Oh, the life of a music therapist!



At May 3, 2009 at 9:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rachel! I also use that song, "I don't care if the rain comes down" with the cabasa. Working with severe profound kids and grasping, holding and advancing to twisting the cabasa. I sing, "I don't care if the rain comes down, "child's name" is gonna twist all day". I play it in C on guitar and it's a very calming sound. I love this song you wrote though! Amanda Ellis,MT-BC

At May 3, 2009 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Rachel Rambach said...

Thanks Amanda! I love your idea about using the song with the cabasa. A great instrument for addressing those skills. Thank you for sharing :)


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