Getting “Jiggy” on St. Patrick’s Day!

by Abby @ Quaver on March 10, 2016

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Looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your music room?

Next week is St. Patrick’s Day, and Quaver Music provides several songs and activities that are great for incorporating Irish culture in the music room!

Maybe you want to “put a green jacket on” and sing the seasonal ClassPlay song St. Patrick’s Day Parade or have students play a jig on their recorders!

Today we are breaking down a teacher favorite – the challenging recorder piece Jiggy Jig. Here’s what Quaver teacher Sarah Jensen from Saint Anne School in Bismarck, ND had to say about using Jiggy Jig as a St. Patrick’s Day lesson:

The kids loved playing that because it looked so hard but once they dug in and learned it, they felt like they could play anything on recorder. Yay for confidence!

Introducing Irish music with Jiggy Jig:

How to access Jiggy Jig:

  1. Log in to
  2. Click the Teacher Tab to navigate to the Teaching Resources
  3. Click the ClassPlay icon, located on the Teacher Dashboard
  4. Use the ClassPlay search bar to find “Jiggy Jig”
  5. Use each activity on the SONG HUB to help you unpack this song with your students

1) Recorder Fingering

Use our Recorder Fingering chart to introduce your students to the notes that will be used in the song. Click on the colored letter blocks to show the corresponding fingerings.

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2) Recorder Olympics

Recorder Olympics is a great way to break down Jiggy Jig! As your students go up the three levels (bronze, silver and gold), your students will gain confidence and feel ready to take on the full song.

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Teacher Tip: Looking for an extra challenge? Use the slow, medium and fast backing tracks as they play the different rhythm patterns.

3) Recorder Practice

What makes Jiggy Jig more challenging is the two different recorder parts playing together! The Recorder Practice tab allows you to practice each part at a slower tempo. You can also hide parts and choose to highlight either measures or notes – helping your students focus on their specific part!

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4) Start to “Jiggy Jig”

Once your students feel comfortable with their part, move on to the Animated Score that shows the finger positioning and includes an animated segment between verses full of  clapping and movement. Like all our Quaver recorder pieces, this interactive section is intended to get your students moving to the music, and challenges them to reset for the next verse with proper positioning.

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Teacher Tip: During the clapping section of Jiggy Jig, have one group clap the rhythm while the other grabs elbows with their partner and spins around with the music.

6) Explore Irish Culture!

Discuss with your students where the jig plays into Irish culture in the Connections tab! This is a great area to dig deeper into Irish culture and explore other areas such as food, dance, etc.

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How do you recognize St. Patrick’s Day in your classroom?

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