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J. S. Bach

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 “Johann Sebastian Bach, J. S. Bach.” in the rhythm pattern shown on the score (the middle line of each system.) When they’re ready, you can add the actions.
  2. Teach your students the chant “Bock” chant in the rhythm pattern shown on the score (the bottom line of each system.) When they’re ready, you can add these actions:
    • Head = tap head
    • Shoulders = tap shoulders
    • Flap flap = flap arms like chicken wings
  3. Point to each student around the circle saying “Bach, chicken, Bach, chicken…” to assign a chant to each student. Count in so that they all start together. Swap roles so everyone gets a chance to do both chants.
  4. Repeat this combination but tell all students they must think the word “Bach/bock” when they get to it instead of saying it aloud.
  5. Teach your students to chant “One thousand pieces, twenty children” in the rhythm pattern shown on the score (the top line of each system.) When they’re ready, you can add these actions:
    • Patsch = tap lap with both hands
    • Right = tap lap with right hand
    • Left = tap lap with left hand
  6. Point to each student around the circle saying “Bach, one thousand, Bach one thousand…” to assign a chant to each student. Count in so that they all start together. Swap roles so everyone gets a chance to do both chants.
  7. Point to each student around the circle saying “Bach, one thousand, chicken, Bach, one thousand, chicken…” to assign a chant to each student. Count in so that they all start together. 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 “Bach/bock” when they get to it instead of saying it aloud.