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More Hello & Welcome Songs for Elementary Music

 


In my last post, I shared many ways to use one song, Hello Everybody, across the grade levels.  In this post, you will find a small collection of my favorite hello songs from various sources. 


Hello There

This one is a favorite with my younger students.  I first discovered it in the kindergarten Making Music book and the first grade Spotlight on Music book.  It is an echo song, so it is very easy to get even your youngest students to participate quickly.  


Here's the notation from Beth's Notes:  Hello There

I'm so Glad to Be Here

This Music K8 song is also a hit with the younger crowd!  It is available as a singles reproducible kit or in Volume 10 Number 1 of the magazine.  It is very easy to sing, with just the right amount of repetition.  The build in movements are fun, too!




Gilly Gilly Good Morning

I discovered this song when my district adopted the Spotlight on Music series many years ago. It has such a bright happy sound!  BUT, my kindergarten and first graders came to music in the afternoon!  The song works just as well by substituting "afternoon" for "morning."


When you students have learned the song, try adding some hand movements.  These are simple enough for your young students and can be done individually in personal space, so no shared space.


If you wish to add Orff instruments and a movement activity, check this one out by Rob Amchin.  This really extends the skills for our older students.



New Hello Songs

When you have worked your way through some of these "standard" hello songs and you are ready for a stretch, this next video is a GOLD MINE! Natasha Sigmund has shared six original songs in such a wonderful variety of tonalities-of course major & aeolian, but also lydian blues & mixolydian. Most of the songs offer a chance for tonal or rhythmic improvisation.  I love that she offers free downloads of the music and the songs are easily accompanied on the ukulele.  Even as a beginning uke player, I was able to accompany my students!  We really loved the first song, Groovy Hello.




Everyone's Welcome by QuaverEd

Even if you are not a Quaver subscriber, you have access to this song via the QuaverEd YouTube channel.  It is the August 2021 song of the month.  You might consider pairing this song with the book, All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold.  Great message!




What are your favorite hello & welcome songs? Please share in the comments!

 


  







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