Ah Poor Bird is one of the easiest and loveliest of rounds for singers.
It has a melancholy minor sound that matches the words well, and is fairly easy to learn, with its climbing scale up to the leap in the third line, then back down again.
This singing round works well as a "listening" kind of vocal warm-up, in which your beginning voice student sings their part slowly against the contrasting line YOU are singing. This takes great concentration!
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If you are new to singing rounds with your students, I highly recommend playing their part on the piano with them, while you softly sing the part that follows theirs.
This takes great concentration until you are accustomed to it!
Eventually, some of your most capable students will be able to sight-sing the notes without help from the piano, but this takes time and understanding of music theory also, which is where, of all musicians, vocalists tend to be the weakest.
The fastest way I've found to get kids singing rounds accurately is to have a partner or two sharing their part, while I sing the other part.
After a couple times through the notes, we might clap the rhythm, or better yet, count aloud as we sing the notes. If the tune is "Ah, Poor Bird," we might count it like this:
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This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
And when they start reading white-key notes on the staff, this is a fun easy resource to say each week, "Choose a new black-key song at home this week and figure it out to show me next lesson!" They will be spending more time at the piano.