Everybody Has A Name
It's a new school year and as music teachers we know the great task of learning and remembering names.
Many children struggle with correcting adults/peers on how to say their names. We know there is much importance in learning students names correctly and some of the pro's for taking the time to learn your students name include:
One of my favorite lessons is to use a chant I learned from a mentor teacher of mine who attributes this name chant to Avon Gillespie. See chant in image below:
My objectives for this lesson are:
I use the chant as an "A section" and use students names as the "B section". I have the student phonetically say their name and the class echos. The B might sound like this:
"Mis-zuz dung-kin-sin" -Student leader
"Mis-zuz dung-kin-sin" -Students echo
"Ah-leh-wah-duh" - Student leader
"Ah-leh-wah-duh" -Students echo
"Eh-muh-lee" - Student leader
***As an extension I like to pair the chant with books and let the books be the "B Section". I have used the following books for multiple grade levels. Click on book image below to learn more about the text itself.
Who was Avon Gillespie?
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9/1/2021 06:01:03 pm
Love this lesson! Thank you!
8/31/2022 06:21:49 am
This is a thoughtful way to start the year with name learning. Acknowledging each individual student by learning their name is a perfect beginning. Thank you!
9/1/2022 12:40:04 pm
I received my Orff training with Avon at the University of Santa Cruz 1986-1987. He emphasized to the music professionals the importance of getting down to the child's level. I was thankful because I was a novice to music and needed simplification and experience. I really appreciate the tribute to him; however, I came away with a similar version of the chant. For the past 30 years I have been saying "Each one has a name, Some are short and some are long, when we put the names together, It's a song. The point is that Avon's knowledge of Orff has helped thousands of children keep the beat and sing in tune. He claimed it was their birthright. He certainly was compassionate about music.
9/3/2022 08:08:49 pm
Thank you for this lesson. I had forgotten this chant, and I only knew of one of the three books, so I'm grateful for the nudge and the stretch. I was fortunate to have had Avon as a teacher in Orff levels at New England Conservatory in 1982-83. I'm so glad there are videos of his teaching in the AOSA library.
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