Sail Away Ladies
An excerpt from One Accord by Georgia A. Newlin
One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians is a book designed for K-12 music educators who wish to experience a higher level of success in leading school-age musicians to sing in multiple parts. By consciously pointing out every discrete skill of the part-singing process to young musicians – by name and definition – singing in parts becomes a mindful act of musicianship for K-12 students. From Readiness & Singing Skills, through Rhythmic and Melodic Part-work Skills to Part-Singing Skills in Polyphony and Homophony, each part-work skill includes a concise lesson plan of Foundation (preparation through performance), Core Knowledge (make conscious of musical understanding), and Rehearse & Enrich (developing musicianship skills through practice). With each of the 40+ part-work skills presented in this book, there are suggested songs for the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.
One Accord can be used flexibly: 1) many songs are interchangeable between grade levels when the teacher takes into account the skills of the singers and the appropriateness of the text and meaning of each piece, 2), the songs are laid out in suggested keys but may be transposed as appropriate to the ensemble’s vocal range, 3) the songs can be programed in concerts or can be used as warm-ups, for sight-reading, or for instruction that leads toward understanding choral octavos, 4) directions for singing games are given, 5) translations and adaptations of all non-English songs are included plus, 6) the original purchaser is authorized to reproduce and use the individual songs within their educational setting.
For example, the song, “Sail Away Ladies”, as made popular by Uncle Dave Macon and The Fruit Jar Drinkers at the Grand Ole Opry (1920s), can be used to teach the part-work skill of call and response form.
Sail Away Ladies
Students will be able to sing, understand, and describe call & response form.
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