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:
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:
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.
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:
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)
Interested in songs from the Bible for your students or church? Check out my other website, SingTheBibleStory.com!
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A good choice for a singing story-teller, an operatic group, a short theatre production, or a class of Sunday School children!
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This is the perfect easy start for little pianists.
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for little boys or girls.
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Available at Amazon
I printed "Flower Duet" off at church this morning, and it looks GREAT!!! :) Thank you so much for sending it on again - it's going to be so beautiful for my wedding!
Also, thanks for even making this music available! I'm a music teacher, so this website was a great find! :) By the way, the friend singing the Lakme part of the duet is very happy that you arranged it in G! :)
... I watched your video "Wondrous Love" with your eight gals - Magnificent! So refreshing to see good harmonies sung a capella these days; it seems to be rare!
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Hi, I'm Dana! (Say that like "Anna".) I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.
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