Lesson 2: Learning “Little Red Rooster”
Explore Expression with “Little Red Rooster”
Listen to “Little Red Rooster,” Track 37.
- How do you think Eric felt when his rooster went away? How do you think he feels after he sings this song?
- Discuss expression with your students. Expression is the way someone communicates a feeling.
- How can you tell when someone is feeling happy or sad? (e.g., the way they look, what they say, facial expression)
- In music, we can communicate our feelings by singing the lyrics and playing the music in a certain way. Blue notes are often used for expression.
- The way we sing is as important as the words we sing.
Listen to “Little Red Rooster” Track 37 again, and ask your students if they can hear any blue notes in his singing. (Listen for “when the dogs begin to howl” and the last time he sings “too lazy to crow for days.”)
- Write the sentence “I walked to school all by myself” on the board, or use SG33. Using the sentence, see how many different feelings your class can express by emphasizing different words in the sentence. Invite students to take turns expressing their feelings by shifting the emphasis to the underlined words.
- Sing “Little Red Rooster,” Track 37, with Eric.
- How can we express our feelings while we sing?
Explore the 12-Bar Blues
- The blues is also a musical form. The most common form is called 12-bar blues. The lyrics in a 12-bar blues follow an A-A-B format. Read the lyrics together with your class, and then listen to the song again.
- When do the lyrics repeat, and when does Eric sing something different?
- Using SG34, fill in the blanks to create your own lyrics for an original 12-bar blues. Then sing the blues using Track 38.
Musical Word Wall
Add the words 12-bar blues and expression to the Musical Word Wall.
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