There is no perfect description of the family. Families differ based on race, religion, ethnicity, country of birth and residence, genetics, social class and status and many other unlisted reasons. But, that doesn't mean that your family is not a family because it is different. Everyone is different and there is nothing wrong with that.
Differences are what make the world we live in such a unique place. From the general landscape of each country to their respective cultures, these differences are celebrated and definitely contribute to the beauty of the world. Quite amazing when you consciously think about it, even more so, when it is embraced by others. The sad reality is, this is not always the case, although we would prefer for it to be. On the other hand, differences also create segregation and a stream of other negative, derogatory and hurtful ways of being and thinking. It would be nice if this truth ceased to exist, maybe one day it will.
Anyway, today we want to celebrate the differences and acknowledge the fact that no family is the same because no human is exactly the same. We are all different and there is a lot of enlightenment within that.
Because of this desire to embrace the differences and enlighten our students about this fact, the scope of this activity was one that required some thought. We wanted to create something that simultaneously focused on the differences but required some level of teamwork to achieve a common goal. Like a family, there are differences but a family needs to be able to embrace these differences in order to function as a holistic unit. So, canon singing (rounds) seemed like the most appropriate musical activity that would actually help us achieve this idea.
That said, the following is a canon (round) activity. Students will learn one line of melody and sing it in unison, with each student beginning at different times so that different parts of the melody can harmoniously fit together.
How did it go?
To be honest, this took some time to master, so it is definitely not one of those activities you can quickly introduce and expect perfect results. Either way, the challenges faced, made for an even more rewarding lesson and result at the end, once our students were able to understand and effectively execute the activity.
Obviously, this activity may not be great for really young students as they may be totally lost, but hey, it is still worth a try. We tried it with our really young students and they tried their best, which actually ended up sounding pretty good.
Our older students had some difficulty with their cues but with repetition and patience, they were able to find the understanding, aptitude and rhythmic consciousness needed to grasp the activity and in the end, when they were all harmoniously singing together, it was beautiful.
This activity needs repetition so leave any expectations of immediate success at home. Take it in stride, little by little, working your way through teaching your students the one line melody at the beginning then diving into some consistent work with the canon singing (rounds).
Take a look!
In this video, you will hear the one line melody and how it sounds as a canon melody. You will also see how simple but effective this activity is.
Tiva & Randa