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Listen and Learn Music: The Leaves on the Trees

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Leaves on the Trees

As I've mentioned, oh, just a few hundred times or so before, summer is the #1 season in my book. But there's just something about the change in temperature, the beautiful colors, and the smell outside as fall approaches that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. The crisp air is so refreshing, and everything seems brand new.

Fall doesn't officially begin until next week, but I've already begun brainstorming and writing songs all about the coming season. The first of those is "The Leaves on the Trees", which imitates the process of trees shedding their leaves: slowly at first, and then faster and faster until all the leaves are on the ground.

The leaves on the trees,
They sway in the breeze,
They sway all around, all around.
Slowly first, then faster
Until all the leaves fall down.

(Repeat, gradually getting faster each time)

My students love, love, LOVE these "speeding up" songs, and no matter how fast I play, they always yell, "Faster!". Instruments that work well with this type of song include shakers, bells, tambourines, or anything that a child can play easily and quickly.

How are you and your students preparing for fall? The walls of The Hope Institute (where I work) are covered in autumn artwork, and the kids are already talking about Halloween. They are one step ahead of me!

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At September 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM , Blogger Cherie said...

Found you through a post at Twitter! This is great, YOU are a Blessed young woman making a wonderful difference in many people's lives!!

Bless you,

p.s. Love your singing!!

At September 20, 2009 at 8:24 AM , Blogger Fatbrideslim said...

That is SUCH a sweet little tune :) Am going through your blog now, just found it. You seem like such an awesome teacher.

At September 23, 2009 at 2:15 PM , Blogger Jessica D. Grooms, MT-BC said...

love this one!

At September 30, 2009 at 8:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an elementary music teacher, and I can't wait to share these awesome songs with my kiddos!! :)
Thanks for making a difference!


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