This composing activity gives kids the opportunity to reflect on the things they are thankful for. Kids make up a melody and write the notes on the staves.
Refer to the notes above the staves for your rhythm. This song mainly uses quarter notes.
At the end of each line, kids can choose two quarter notes or one half note, depending on how many syllables are in the word they chose.
Optional: Choose one of the easy beginner scales and compose the song around that scale.
For example, if you choose the C scale, you can use any note from that scale. Great experience for budding composers!
I generally wait to teach kids about keys and key signatures. It’s easier for beginners if I just explain that we’re going to compose a song around a particular scale. This gives kids extra motivation to learn their scales and provides the perfect foundation for later discussing key signatures.
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