Singing rounds for the classroom ought to be easy and energetic. Haida, an Israeli song with only two lines, fits the bill! Download this Hebrew folk song in five different keys, plus a LETTERS-IN-THE-MUSIC-NOTES version just for those non-piano-playing singers!
Here is a mixed choir singing Haida, with instruments in the background nicely arranged (I believe it is a recorded accompaniment):
I notice that every performance I found on Youtube is over-long, with a full stop near the end, at which point the music starts again BIG & SLOW. Even so, singing this catchy round is very fun! My students actually ask to do it YET AGAIN at yet another recital (and I inwardly groan but acquiesce).
Here is the free sheet music for the musical round song in the lowest key, Eb minor:
Download a version with letters in the notes for a non-pianist, in Em
Whereas the key of Ebm is the lowest written version, the arrangement in Am is the highest:
My primary purpose in giving students rounds is to teach them to sing independently, to hear a harmony, yet carry their own line.
Therefore, we might do a lot of very slow singing so as to savor each new blending of sound.
What is the meaning of the word "haida" in the Hebrew Chassidic round or song? Apparently (I don't speak Hebrew!), it is like singing "lah-de-dah-de-dah" or the like in English.
Here is another performance of Haida that I found fun - some cute children. For me, these performances are over-long; I believe the sameness of the music would tax the patience of the audience. Perhaps that is why the director of this adorable group of small children decided to add MOTIONS to their performance!
Notice, though, that the children are on RISERS - inherently risky equipment! I'm sure the parents and grandparents of those wee folk were biting their nails as their little ones slowly spun around, and shifted back and forth!
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