New Year Issue 117: Monkey Business

Lying in bed before the alarm went off this morning, I came up with this little body/vocal percussion number

Monkey Business

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Big Ba- boon (stamp)
(click) Chimp-  -an zee (click)  (click)
tan (clap) (clap) O- rang U-
Cap- u- chin a Cap- u- chin a

I had started off by trying to remember a vocal percussion piece called “Drum Kit”. I could remember the rhythm for the bass drum, and the original words were “Boom…  ba Boom”.

Bitter experience has taught me that the children will soon change the “Boom” into a word that I have to then become fierce and strict about; I’m sure I don’t need to go into details. However, I’m a great believer in trying to avoid situations where the children are going to get themselves into trouble, so I decided to use the words “Big… Baboon” instead.

Once I had worked out all the lines, I was able to go back to sleep for another couple of hours. Bliss!

Thinking about it, this would transfer very nicely to classroom percussion, djembe, or samba. Or the children could compose their own topic-based grid. It’s also useful for “Cyclic Patterns”, “Ostinato Patterns”, “Notation”, “Rhythm Grids” and “Graphic Scores”. The difficulty will be remembering what you used it for last, so that the same children don’t end up doing grids under each of these headings five times in a row!

Noisy monkey

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