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Need Song Ideas For Elementary School

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by kweej, Apr 9, 2014.

  1. kweej


    Nov 30, 2012
    My kids' elementary school has a field day each June where everyone does all kinds of activities outside. I go to the PTA meetings and I helped arrange another short music show for something this past winter and everyone loved it, so they asked me to put something together for Field Day. The suggestion was 30-45 minutes worth of music. The kids are kindergarten thru 4th grade. I'm trying to figure out what to play. I want it to be good music and not insipid pop music, but we can't be playing YYZ or Jaco, either. I'd like it to be fun and engaging, and hopefully I can also make it funny and have a good amount of audience participation. One thing the principal does NOT want is dancing. She said that the kids get nuts and the big kids end up squashing the smaller kids.

    So far I'm thinking Bruno Mars - You Can Count on Me (my kids like it...), The Eels - Now You're Really Living, something by Michael Franti...that sort of lighthearted stuff. Also stuff about summer since it's the end of the school year.

    I also want to put together some schtick to make it funny and entertaining. Like musical slapstick.

    Anyway...if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

    Thank you!
  2. "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow" by Zappa

    "Dreamed I was an Eskimo
    Frozen wind began to blow
    Under my boots and around my toes
    The frost that bit the ground below
    It was a hundred degrees below zero...

    And my mama cried
    And my mama cried
    Nanook, a-no-no
    Nanook, a-no-no
    Don't be a naughty Eskimo
    Save your money, don't go to the show

    Well I turned around and I said "Oh, oh" Oh
    Well I turned around and I said "Oh, oh" Oh
    Well I turned around and I said "Ho, Ho"
    And the northern lights commenced to glow
    And she said, with a tear in her eye
    "Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow"
    "Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow"
  3. sevdog

    sevdog Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2008
    Slayer Raining Blood--I say start em early.

    That or just about anything from Raffi.
  4. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    Was going to suggest Raffi as well.

    Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, BANANA PHONE!
  5. Doctor_Clock

    Doctor_Clock The Moon Machine Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    They Might Be Giants covers all day long
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  6. try google or youtube for fred penner or al "juke box simmons....i don't know if they post on yt,but they are big time with kids here and it may be worth a look
  7. booke23


    Jan 20, 2014
    United Kingdom
    Beatles - Octopus's Garden

    Kids seem to love it and it's a quality song (did Ringo really write this song all by himself?!)
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  8. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Maybe a Weird Al version of a popular tune?
  9. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
  10. Space Pickle

    Space Pickle

    Apr 15, 2013
    Hi, I teach elementary school music. Beatles tunes is a great suggestion. Yellow Submarine, Octopus' Garden, that Hello Goodbye one. Basically anything. I've had excellent results with those.

    That's too bad about no dancing. I don't know your school but that sounds ridiculous to me.

    You could also sing folk melodies.
  11. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    First thing that popped into my head was some upbeat stuff from The Beach Boys.
  12. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Are you ready for the summer?

  13. Schools Out by Alice Cooper
  14. i heard that...but we're so far down that road now,we don't even contemplate goin' back.....
  15. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    they might be giants has a lot of material for you to consider.
  16. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Jeremy, Pearl Jam
  17. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    Yellow Submarine might work also.
  18. Chains


    Jan 22, 2014
    Big difference between K and 4th graders (interest in music, attention span, etc.).

    +1 for The Beatles, maybe something like All Together Now.

    You could probably get away with a Barrett/Floyd song, if you are into that. If it were me, I would for sure put a medley together of some Syd songs. Many of his songs have a child-like feel to them. No one would even recognize them, but I would know.