SUFJAN SONGS I USE WITH MY ELEMENTARY MUSIC CLASSES
I'm so tired of the same old elementary music stuff, so this year I decided to use my own music. I have to be careful, but I use quite a bit of Sufjan and I hope to be creating little @michael_circa91 s. (Descriptions are partially for me in case I ever forget.)
- •RedfordSo perfect for slow, introspective solo movement or partner mirroring. I have to set it to repeat because it's pretty short.
- •In the Devil's TerritoryThis song is used for an introductory movement improvisation and imitation activity.
- •He Woke Me Up AgainSteady beat song. I like this one for rhythm sticks and dynamics. Maybe shouldn't use because of the hallelujahs...
- •We Won't Need Legs to StandAnother steady beat song, but I want to figure out how to use this for a non-standing, possibly movement activity (no legs? They'll like that.)
- •Concerning the UFO SightingThis song is just so good. I use it for tip toeing into the classroom, despite the strange meter (fave part).
- •Man of MetropolisKids (generally boys) are so into that guitar. A smart boy was like, "Man of Steel? Is this about Superman?" And I was real impressed because he's six!
- •The Predatory WaspCurrently using this for a preschool scarf locomotor/non-locomotor, butterfly/flower activity. This song has a childlike innocence to it, so it's just perfect. Teachers listening to lyrics might be like 🤔, but whatever.
- •The Tallest Man, the Broadest ShouldersWithout fail, upon hearing the first notes, the kids say, "Charlie Brown!" This has worked well to teach a broad AB or ABA form for review in second grade.
- •VesuviusThe kids definitely think this is weird, and they only hear the first minute or two. Futile Devices won't work for them either, so I don't go any further into Age of Adz.
- •Sister WinterI'm obsessed with this song in the winter. One day, I decided on a whim to use this for a snowflake movement activity and I just loved what the kids did with it. I was nervous about using it for a concert, but it was perfect. Their shadows are projected on a large screen and their movements and details of their snowflakes are all the audience sees. They're so attentive to the mood of this song. Watching the kids from backstage, I even noticed three girls singing along. Mini-Sufjan fans! ❤️
- •Joy to the WorldI use this as background music before my winter performance. It's just so simple and beautiful.
- •Sleigh RideUh. Yeah, this is the way I introduce Sleigh Ride to them.