Exploring ClassPlay with Austin Otto: The Gong Song

by Abby @ Quaver on May 15, 2014

in In the Quaver Classroom!

Hey Everybody – Austin Otto here! 


I’m back to break down another one of my favorite ClassPlay Songs – The Gong Song!

It’s The Gong Song! It’s The Gong Song! Everybody listen to me play!!!!!

At first look, The Gong Song is a pretty simple piece, but it’s amazing all the activities you can pull from this foundation in your music class.


To easily find The Gong Song in ClassPlay:

  • Log into your QuaverMusic.com Account
  • Click the Teacher Tab or School Bus Stop Sign
  • Click the ClassPlay Icon
  • Click the ALL SONGS icon
  • Start typing “The Gong Song” in the search bar and select the song. Then hit launch!

Let’s start with the LYRICS activity on the Song Hub.


Click play, and you’ll hear me singing the choruses of the song, mentioning a new percussion instrument each time! That’s right. This song introduces four great PERCUSSION instruments!

  1. Gong
  2. Egg Shaker
  3. Xylophone
  4. Guirro

It also reinforces Whole, Half, Quarter & Eighth note rhythms being played on those instruments. Plus – we’ve added vocal harmonies to the song!

Of course, there are so many different things you could do with this song and percussion!

Grab your gongs, shakers and drums! Let’s explore some of what can be covered in this song and reveal some groovy Austin Otto activities!

1. Follow the Leader

After every chorus, there are eight measures for you and your students! Have your students copy a rhythm that you create with each instrument.

  • Play one measure
  • Have your students play it back to you
  • Pick a volunteer to LEAD THE CLASS in this activity to emphasize “Call & Response!”

2. Ostinato Improvisation

Encourage improvisation with this simple but effective activity:

  • Take your handy dandy pointy finger and point to a new student for each measure of the song
  • Instruct students to make up a rhythm using specified notes, like “quarter & eighth notes” on their percussion instruments!

3. Vocalize It!

Ready to sing a little, in addition to playing percussion?

  • Have students join in with me as I sing the chorus of the song!
  • After they’ve mastered the vocal part, divide the class up into two or more groups
  • Turn the Vocals OFF with the button in the bottom left hand corner
  • Choose two of the groups to sing groovy harmonies on the words “The Gong Song” – this will internalize pitches in their head as they sing aloud
  • Then play percussion to practice rhythm

4. Orff Instruments

Pull out those Orff Xylophones big and small!

  • Divide the class into two or more groups
  • Have one group pedal the low notes “C” & “G”  – demonstrating a Perfect 5th
  • Instruct other sections to play certain parts of the melody according to their level of difficulty

I hope we’ve given you a few groovy things to start with. I’m sure you have tons of amazing ideas of your own to try. We’d love to hear about them!

Whoa! Look at the time, I’ve got to go practice my percussion instruments!

Until next time . . . Austin Otto – Out!

If you don’t have ClassPlay in your classroom – be sure to check out our FREE 30-Day Preview, which will give you access to 7 ClassPlay songs!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marcus Johnson May 15, 2014 at 9:56 am

My kids and I LOVE this song!! The cha-cha-cha vibe is very infectious and makes the song a blast to perform. Quaver has done it again!!!


2 Joan Reynolds May 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Thanks, Otto and Gwenda! That was Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Joan Reynolds
John F. Kennedy Elementary School
Kettering, Ohio


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