ERIC Number: EJ1120375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Why Do We "Skip to My Lou," Anyway? Teaching Play Party Songs in Historical Context
Glen, Nancy L.
General Music Today, v30 n2 p4-10 Jan 2017
This article focuses on teaching play party songs in a general music curriculum, using their authentic form and historical context. The history of play party songs is discussed, as well as the social conditions in America during the time they were used in the late 19th to mid-20th century. Descriptions of the songs include variations in lyrics and movements, with three examples of popular play party songs discussed in detail. Tips for teachers who wish to teach play party songs in their original historical context are offered, and a case is made for using them as a component of interdisciplinary teaching between the music specialist and the classroom teacher. At the end of the article, a sample list of popular play party songs are presented, as well as a list of resources to support the music specialist in learning more about these songs.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Play, Singing, Teaching Methods, Music Teachers, Music Activities, Folk Culture, Dance
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