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Ethel Smyth

Teaching Steps

Introduce a new teaching step only when your students have mastered the others. You may not get through all these steps in one workshop. This chant should be done sitting in a circle so that students can easily touch the floor.

  1. Teach your students to chant “Dame Ethel Smyth” with a steady beat while tapping their hands on the floor (the middle line of each system in the score.)
  2. Teach your students to chant “Composer from Britain” in the rhythm pattern shown on the score (the bottom line of each system.) When they’re ready, you can add these actions:
    • Clap
    • Lean forward and high five your neighbours
    • Clap
    • Lean back and high five your neighbours
    • Patsch (tap lap with both hands)
  3. Point to each student around the circle saying “Dame, composer, Dame, composer…” to assign a chant to each student. The Dames start and keep a steady beat and then the composers join in, high fiving in front of and then behind the Dames’ heads. Swap roles so everyone gets a chance to do both chants.
  4. Teach your students to chant “Smyth! Ethel Mary Smyth!” in the rhythm pattern shown on the score (the top line of each system.) When they’re ready, you can add these actions:
    • Click/snap fingers
    • Alternating patsch (tap lap)
    • Clap
  5. Point to each student around the circle saying “Dame, Smyth, Dame, Smyth…” to assign a chant to each student. The Dames start and keep a steady beat and then the Smyths join in. Swap roles so everyone gets a chance to do both chants.
  6. Repeat the Dame + Smyth combination from step 5, but tell all students they must think the word “Smyth” when they get to it instead of saying it aloud.
  7. Point to each student around the circle saying “Dame, Smyth, composer, Dame, Smyth, composer…” to assign a chant to each student. The Dames start and keep a steady beat and then the Smyths and composers join in. Swap roles so everyone gets a chance to do all 3 chants.
  8. Repeat the 3-part combination but tell the students they must think the word “Ethel” when they get to it instead of saying it aloud.
  9. Teach your students the full “Composer from Britain” chant (the bottom line of each system in the score) and practise it together with the actions. Try the full 3 parts together including the jazz hands at the end.