Singing Rounds for the Classroom, Haida in 5 Keys

Singing rounds for the classroom ought to be easy and energetic.  

This round is high energy

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.

Who is in the video?

About a year after I posted this video, I received a note from Jon Noyes, Music Director & Founder, FCCC:

Hello,
The performance in the Haida.wmv video above is the Fairfield County Children's Choir performing with the U. S. Military Academy Band at West Point as part of their Hudson Valley Holiday concert at Eisenhower Hall Theater, December 6, 2009, West Point, New York.   Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Holden, Commander.  The band was behind the choir playing live on stage...

Thank you, Jon!

Singing this catchy round is very fun!  My students actually ask to do it AGAIN and YET AGAIN at yet another recital (and I inwardly groan but usually acquiesce).

Here is the free sheet music for the musical round song in the lowest key, Eb minor:

Singing rounds for the classroom in 5 keys sheet music

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

The meaning of the words

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.

My primary purpose in giving students rounds is to teach them to sing independently:  to hear a harmony, and yet carry their own line.  

Singing slowly

Therefore, we might do a lot of very slow singing so as to savor each new blending of sound.  

Whereas the key of Ebm is the lowest written version, the arrangement in Am is the highest:

Haida in Am, a Hebrew round, free sheet music

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

Here is another performance of Haida that I found fun - some cute children.  

For me, these performances seem over-long; as a frequent recital-giver, I worry that the sameness of the music might 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!



The links to the singing rounds:



Download singing rounds for the classroom "Haida" in Ebm


Download Hebrew folk song in Em


Download Haida Hebrew song in Fm


Download Haida Hebrew song in Gm


Download musical round in Am



The link to an easy-to-play-on-the-piano version:



Download a version with letters in the notes for a non-pianist, in Em (not shown)








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