Chumbara

Hi there everyone!!! I hope you're having a GREAT September! It's been busy here for sure! I've had the honor of meeting new music teachers in Bakersfield and Oklahoma City with my recent presentations. This weekend I'm headed to Atlanta to sing and play with the teachers of KEGA, the Kodály Educators of Georgia!!!



All the while I'm working on my 4th grade bundle.  When I made my song list for the set I asked my good friend, Karla Cherwinski, for her favorite tam-ti songs and she introduced me to Chumbara.

It's a French Canadian folk song.  We used it in 5th grade today and they ATE IT UP!!!

Here's the song notation:



And here's the game:
GAME:
In a sitting circle,
beats:
 1-2:  tap own legs
 3-4:  right hand on left leg, left hand on neighbor's right leg
 5-6:  tap own legs
 7-8:  left hand on right leg, right hand on neighbor's left leg
 9-10: tap own legs
 11-12: right hand on left leg, left hand on neighbor's right leg
 13: tap own legs
 14: left hand on right leg, right hand on neighbor's left leg
 15: tap own legs
 16: right hand on left leg, left hand on neighbor's right leg
 17-36: repeat above, extending last part and clap own hands above head on beat 36.

My 5th graders and I added to this original motion that I got from Karla.  Before we did the above actions we did this:

beats:
1-2: tap own legs
3-4:  right hand on left leg, left hand on neighbor's right leg
Repeat above to the end.

Then. .. . .
1-2: tap own legs
3-4:  right hand on left leg, left hand on neighbor's right leg
5-6:  tap own legs
7-8:  left hand on right leg, right hand on neighbor's left leg
Repeat above to the end.

Then AFTER the original action we changed it to this:
beats:
 1-2:  tap own legs
 3-4:  right hand on left leg, left hand on neighbor's right leg
 5-6:  tap own legs
 7-8:  pat the floor.
 9-10: tap own legs
 11-12: left hand on right leg, right hand on neighbor's left leg
 13-14: tap own legs
 15-16: pat the floor.
Repeat above to the end

I hope your kiddos have as much fun with it as mine did!



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