March 7, 2020

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Tune for Teaching: Look at All the Happy Faces

By Andy Mullen ‚Äč

Songs Without Words, Tunes for Teaching

Tune: "Look at All the Happy Faces

Tonality: Aeolian

Meter: Unusual Unpaired (7)

Teaching Ideas

Use this tune to acculturate students to music in 7. The microbeats are organized into 2, 2, 3. I use this tune to focus on uneven macrobeats.

1. Listen to the tune several times. Move to all levels of beat (Continuous Flow in Space, Microbeats, Macrobeats). Watch this video for example movements to try. My default movement props are scarves for the macrobeats (bouncing them is very effective!) and bean bags for microbeats. Watch master MLT teacher Natasha Sigmund acculturate adults to 5/8 in this video from the GIML YouTube channel

2. On a subsequent day, I set up a hula hoop "obstacle course" on the floor. I use smaller rings for the groups of 2 microbeats, and a larger one for the groups of 3. I send one student at a time through the obstacle course, and they walk the macrobeats. When they have finished, they go back to the end of the line and go through the course a second time. 

Here is the notation:

Look at All the Happy Faces

You may download a PDF of this tune here

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About the author Andy Mullen

Andy Mullen is a teacher, folk musician, multi-instrumentalist, recovering songwriter, and lifelong learner. He has taught all levels of students in a number of subjects, and is currently a middle school general music and choir teacher in Burlington, Massachusetts. Mr Mullen holds Masters degrees in Music Education and School Administration, as well as certification from the Gordon Institute of Music Learning (GIML) in Elementary General Level 2 and Early Childhood Music. He is the author of "The Literate Musician" and "Fifty Tunes for Teaching," the creator of The Literate Musician podcast, and the composer of the children's album, "Chucka Chucka Wawa."

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