Chinese New Year 2017 Begins Year of the Rooster
Chinese New Year is also known as Asian New Year, Lunar New Year, and the Asian Spring Festival. January 28, 2017 begins the year of the Rooster in the Lunar Calendar. Families celebrate by hanging special banners, eating special foods, lighting firecrackers, and giving money away in special red envelopes.
Aimee’s most recent O For Tuna blog post provides links to kid-friendly information on Chinese New Year as well as extension activities for this lesson.
If you need assistance to pronounce the Mandarin for Happy New Year, Xin Nian Kuai Le, Aimee provides this helpful video.
- Teach melody with text.
- Add “sweep” movement every two beats; pretend to hold broom, sweep side to side, transfer to bass and metallophone instruments, add snaps, transfer to glockenspiels, claps for TB (Temple Blocks).
- Perform introduction with basses and soprano recorder solo or small ensemble playing melody.
- Add “B” section with unpitched percussion.
- Develop suggestions for performance.
This is a great piece to break out the gongs and metals. The noisier the better; firecrackers are lit at Chinese New Year to scare away the monster, Nian! Also consider using ribbon streamers and having some students use scarves to create a New Year Lion/Dragon dance.
Aimee’s books, Hands to Hands, Hand Clapping Songs and Games from Around the World, and Hands to Hands, Too: Hand Clapping Songs and Games from the USA and Canada can be viewed at www.singsmileplay.com or at http://www.beatinpathpublications.com/ACP/home.html
Leave a Comment
Sign up for latest Orff Tips, Lesson Plans and Advocacy Tools
Empower your students to create their own music in this free 3-day challenge with Roger Sams. (Lessons delivered via email)
Learn about the legendary factory that started it all and why so many teachers like you love our instruments.
This looks fantastic! Thank you!
We are so pleased that you enjoyed Aimee’s lesson. Happy New Year! – Your friends at Teaching With Orff
Hey Aimee! This looks great and I will definitely use it. Do you have any guidance as to the pronunciation or a recording of the words to hear? I would like to be as accurate as possible.
Here is a video from the workshop I did with her- with some pronunciation
Thank you for sharing Kelsey! – Your friends at Teaching With Orff
Thanks for sharing, Kelsey. The tempo was a bit bright that day. 🙂
The B Section was also a bit different and has evolved to include words that reflect elements of Chinese New Year.
Great question Jessica! Aimee was kind enough to make a video to assist with pronunciation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWc-26y6lA4
This link has also been added to the article above. – Your friends at Teaching With Orff
I have the same request as Jessica. Pronunciation and recording for a guide would be very helpful. Thanks so much!
Hi Fran! Aimee created this pronunciation video for us, which has also been added to the article above. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWc-26y6lA4 Happy New Year! – Your friends at Teaching With Orff
Do you mean “sweep” every 4 beats to teach BM/BX parts?
“Sweep” every two beats; this transfers to BM/BX and SM/AM. It is a shared level bordun; first half note will be played by BM/BX and second half note will be played by SM/AM. It is effective in teaching/reviewing/reinforcing the half note feel of these instrument parts.
In the first measure, consider replacing “Xin Nian Kuai Le” with “Gong Xi Gong Xi.” It’s typical when greeting others during the new year time to say as one phrase, “Gong Xi, Gong Xi, Xin Nian Kuai Le!” “Gong Xi” means “Congratulations,” as in best wishes for the new year.
Aimee, where were you able to find the dragon costume? I love this arrangement!
Do you mean the costume in the picture on the post? This is a stock photo. The costumes are often purchased by Asian Martial Arts businesses as their students often perform the lion/dragon dance at New Years Events. I have a dragon I made at my school, follow the post link for more information.
In the photo, those are lion costumes. Dragons have a long line of people in the tail and have a dragon head, lions only have two people.
Yes, thanks for the clarification.