Lesson 2: Learning “This Train Is Bound for Glory”
Sing “This Train Is Bound for Glory”
- Listen to “This Train Is Bound for Glory” Track 9.
- Now listen to Huxsie’s friends sing the second verse of “This Train Is Bound for Glory,” Track 10.
Sing along with Huxsie’s friends. Please note that this excerpt is in a higher key, and students should sing along with this version to avoid vocal damage.
Explore Musical Opposites in “This Train Is Bound for Glory”
- Explain that dynamics mean how loud or soft a song is.
- Explain that tempo means how fast or slow a song is. Ask your class which Musical Explorers songs are fast and which ones are slow.
- Listen for loud/soft dynamics and fast/slow tempos in “This Train Is Bound for Glory.”
- Discuss the sounds that you hear a train make. Brainstorm some of the opposite sounds you might hear a train make.
- What is a soft train sound? (e.g., the rumble of a distant train)
- What is a loud train sound? (e.g., a train whistle or wheels screeching)
- What is a slow train sound? (e.g., the sounds of the wheels starting)
- What is a fast train sound? (e.g., the whoosh of the train whizzing by
- Once you have decided on four contrasting train sounds, create a musical train. Divide the class into four groups and assign each group a train sound. Point to each group when you want them to start, gradually adding new sounds. Indicate when each group should stop making their sound. Remember to focus on musical opposites of loud/soft or fast/slow.
- Sing “This Train Is Bound for Glory,” adding in your own dynamic range and variations in tempo.
Explore Tempo Through Movement in “This Train Is Bound for Glory”
- Listen again to “This Train Is Bound for Glory,” Track 9.
Instruct students to stand in a line and put their hands on the shoulders of the person standing in front of them, making a train.
- Explain to your students that the train will move with the steady beat of the song. Everyone in the train should listen carefully and walk to the steady beat.
- Did the tempo stay the same? How did it change?
- Follow the tempo as it gets faster or slower, or even if the steady beat stops.
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