Make your own song! (UK)

Keep it simple

There are many elements to creating a song: lyrics, melody, rhythm, structure and style, to name a few, so no wonder it can seem like a daunting task. Just keep it simple!

  • With your class, make a list of traditional tunes. This can act as your melody bank when you are starting to write a song. By using an established tune, you don’t have to worry about the melody element. You can use any Public Domain song from the Sing Up Song Bank.
  • Next, make your ‘lyric bank’ (words and sentences linked to your topic or routine). You may find that they already fall into a pattern or that some of the words rhyme.

Counting syllables

If you have a tune in mind, it can help to write a dash for each syllable so you know what space you need to fill, but don’t be afraid of adapting the tune if you need to, eg.

Lon-don bridge is fal-ling down

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Put your pen-cils in the pot

In action

For National Sing Up Day 2015's Star Challenges, Eagle Class at Gordon Road School rewrote the lyrics to 'The wheels on the bus' to make their own song about the Water Cycle. Here's what they did in their own words:

"In science we were learning about the water cycle. To demonstrate a better understanding, we decided to write a song to explain the process. First, we learned some techniques on how to rewrite words to a known tune. We worked in small groups to write our own version of the song, to a nursery rhyme. Then, we worked as a class to combine all our ideas into one final version! We hope you have enjoyed listening to our song as much as we enjoyed writing it!"

Well done Eagle Class for writing something fun and educational!

The water cycle goes 'round and 'round
'round and 'round, 'round and 'round
The water cycle goes 'round and 'round
All day long.

The water starts to heat,
heat up heat, heat up, heat, heat up
The water starts to heat, heat up
It's called evaporation.

Condensation builds up
builds up, builds up
Condensation builds up
In the form of a cloud.

Precipitation drops from the clouds
Drops from the clouds, drops from the clouds
Precipitation drops from the clouds
As rain, snow, sleet or hail.

On the Sing Up website, you can listen to Eagle Class performing their composition:

Now you try

There are all sorts of literacy skills being used and the more you do it, the easier it becomes! So why not get started and try writing your own today?

Source: Sing Up

Sing Up credit John Thomsen

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