If You Know This One, Sing Along . . .

by Abby @ Quaver on November 4, 2011

in At Quaver HQ,In the Quaver Classroom!

In this edition of our peek at learning with music:

. . . If you know this one, sing along!

“A – B – C – D – E – F – G . . . ” Many of the first songs we’re taught are learning songs.

“Wow, ‘The Alphabet Song,’ what a great way to memorize all those letters – and in order, no less!”

But as we grow older, we tend to abandon what works so well to stick information in our brains. Why?

Advertisers haven’t turned a deaf ear to the power of music. Want proof?

  • Sing the ingredients of a Big Mac: “two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce . . . ”
  • Spell the name of this chocolatier: “_ _ _ _ _ _ _ makes the best . . . chocolate.”
  • “I’d like to teach the world to sing” – but not about colas.
  • Does your bologna have a first name? “It’s _ _ _ _ _!”

Gems like “Conjunction Junction” (1973) and “I’m Just a Bill” (1975) from Schoolhouse Rock are well-done but haven’t threatened “The Alphabet Song” in the Learning Hall of Fame. Billy Joel gave us the fast-paced Cliff Notes version of contemporary history with “We Didn’t Start the Fire” but that was more than 20 years ago.

Where are the songs explaining punctuation, decimals, or school rules? Surely with the Internet at our disposal, we can create history hits and math opuses that make memorization more compelling! We’d bet many of you teachers already do this in your classes!

So here’s a Quaver Challenge if you’re up for it:

Working solo, with other teachers, or in conjunction with students, write and, if you can, record a new learning song. Send us your creations and we’ll post our favorites! Use Quaver’s Studio Creatives at QuaverMusic.com or share the staple songs you’ve been using for years!

Note: original songs are fine but only re-purpose existing songs (or their melodies) if they are in the public domain. For example, “Blue Danube” is fine; “Purple Rain” is not.

Leave a link to your creation, creative lyrics for a public domain song, or a story of learning songs in the comments below and you’ll be entered to win a Quaver-ific prize for your classes! If you’d prefer to submit via email – send your creations to info@QuaverMusic.com.

Have fun learning and singing along!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: