Ideas for Vocal Music for Young Groups?

by Debbie
(Nashville, TN)

I have been looking for a very, very long time for a website like this! WOW! I have been teaching for over 20 years and it's nice to have a resource such as this!

Would you have a book available for sale for combinations of vocal music for younger voices including Elementary to Middle School?

I would be interested in purchasing several for my voice students. There is really not alot out there for this age group that I've been able to find. I would also be open to suggestions or things that have worked for you!


Thanks for your kind words, Debbie! I'm glad that you find the site useful. It makes me happy when I get comments like yours. :)

I'm not exactly sure what you're after -- some kind of harmonized songs for your students? Take a look at "Folk Songs for Two" by Jay Althouse. Here's a list of the songs:

Amazing Grace
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Sky Boat Song
Camptown Races
All Through The Night
He's Gone Away
Scarborough Fair
Homeward Bound

Here's the songs we have done & liked:
Skye Boat Song
Homeward Bound

There are some very pretty 2-part songs in there that I think middle-schoolers can handle, and elementary kids too, with enough support and practice. Another book I used with singers this year, fairly easy, that the kids really liked (but they were mostly over 14) because they were full of energy, very singable: Spirituals for Two. Here's a list of the songs:

Chariot's Comin' (Swing Low, Sweet Chariot)
Peace Like A River, Kum Ba Yah
Ezekiel's Wheel (Ezekiel Saw The Wheel & There's A Little Wheel A-turnin' In My Heart)
Amazing Grace
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
Follow Me! (Fisherman Peter)
Gonna Be A Great Day (Great Day)
All Night, All Day
I Feel The Spirit! (Do, Lord! & Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit)

From the Spirituals book, my singers did
Gonna Be a Great Day (harmony might be hard for younger singers) & All Night, All Day this last year. We all agreed that they were fun.

I'd also try working with rounds and simple duets that I have on my Vocal page. What Wondrous Love arranged 4-part is not very hard, but is very pretty -- take a look on this page: What Wondrous Love.

I have also had success with The Spanish Lady: at the bottom of this page is a version that breaks into 3-part harmony (you need several people on a part for confidence).

These are just some ideas... Dana

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