Singing Rounds for the Classroom, Haida in 5 Keys
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.
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 acquiesce).
Here is the free sheet music for the musical round song in the lowest key, Eb minor:
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
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, 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.
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 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!
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