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Junior Music at Home 21

The Addams Family Cup Game #1 | Singing: Tongo

Enjoy these structured musical activities that we have prepared especially for you to continue your learning at home...

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1. The Addams Family Cup Game #1

Over four issues you will learn how to play along to the Addams Family theme, learning new rhythmic patterns to play along using a plastic cup. 

What to do

  • Watch and follow along | Follow Helen as she teaches you the rhythm patterns in small chunks. Make sure you rewind if you need to and give them another go before moving on.
  •  Listen to the original | Listen to the original theme tune below. This will give you a sense of what you'll be performing to in future issues. If you play along, watch out for the faster speed!

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3. Singing: Tongo 

  • Traditional Ghanaian | A SingUp! song

A traditional echo song from Polynesia that tells the story of 2 long boats rowing through the mangroves, on a fishing trip.

What to do

  • Listen | Music can often portray different emotions or moods. Listen to the two contrasting tracks hat Rachel plays at the start of her video, and think how they make you feel. The tempo (speed) varies from one to the other, which might change how you feel...
  • Watch and follow | Listen and watch the video, and echo Rachel as she teaches you the Polynesian words. When singing, can you hold the long notes at the end of each line?

Teachers notes

  • Clear words | You may find it useful initially to practise saying the words to ensure the correct Polynesian pronunciations are mastered
  • Action | The song describes two long boats, fishing. Could you perform it whilst acting out rowing to the steady pulse?
  • Listening | Select a range of contrasting music of different genre, style and tempo - listen to short extracts to allow your class to explore their emotional response to what they can hear, developing their musical vocabulary. 

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