Summer songs and music activities to share with your
family, friends or pupils, Melody and lyrics for all the songs can be
downloaded at the bottom of the page. Click on a title to open its music
Holahi! I's Summer!
Holahi! It's Summer!
works well dividing the melody up between several players. Bars 1-2,
5-6 are very simple to play on keyboards or tuned percussion. A less
coordinated child may find it rewarding to play un-tuned percussion in
bars 3-4, 7-8, 11-12, 15-16 (Holahi, holaho, etc.) These bars are
naturally accented and they do not require quick rhythmic movements.
Children unable to sing the whole song may enjoy joining in with these
Another way to divide up the work, is to have
two contrasted percussion instruments, or groups, playing each half of
the tune. A light, short, sound works well in the first half, with a
more resonant instrument for the second half. Let the group discuss the
best way to perform it.
Why not make up your own lyrics, to meet
your group's own situation? This would be a good activity to keep
everyone occupied on a long journey! The best known lyrics are for a
hiking song, so, maybe, this is how the song started.
The Evening Bells
The Evening Bells /3-part round
can be performed as a 2- or 3-part round but it is also a satisfying
little tune to sing in unison. Beginner flute players will probably
need it transposed up (+2). The repeated notes of the final line can be
used as a repeated vocal or instrumental accompaniment.
Come, Follow /3-part round
is harder to do as a round but, like The Evening Bells, it is
satisfying to sing, in its own right. The 1st line can be simplified,
so that it comes straight down the scale, making it easier to play on
keyboards or tuned percussion, either in quavers (US - eighth's), as
suggested in the score, or in crotchets (quarters). This modified
version can be used in conjunction with the written part. If desired,
this line can be repeated, throughout, while other voices move on to
One Man Went To Mow
One Man went To Mow
instrumental parts of the written arrangement are for more able players
but they are all compatible with the main tune, which may be
substituted at any point.
When using the percussion facility on
a MIDI keyboard, the note G, key 79, is called 'Open Cuica'. This
sounds like a dog barking. It is fun for a group member, unable to play
in a sustained manner, to play this instrument on the words, " ... and
his dog". Alternatively, someone can sing, or say, just these words.
where everyone is playing/singing the basic melody, experiment with
dividing the work between players. The count-down of who went to mow,
in particular, gets monotonous (for grown-ups!) if everyone plays and
sings it all.
A Summer Shower
A Summer Shower
real or improvised percussion to simulate the sound of rain falling.
Create your own 'shower', by taking it in turns to play one of these
pit- ter, pat-ter
1 2 3 4
sum-mer rain ---
1 2 3 4
drip --- drop --
1 2 3 4
your 'shower' as an introduction to the song. If you wish, the
percussion can continue during, and after, the song. Experiment with
changes of speed and volume.
Schubert: To Wander
Schubert song, with new lyrics, is very folk-like in character
and some of the ideas from "Holahi! It's Summer!" can be also be tried
Download "Songs for Summer", melody & lyrics of all the songs featured here:
Songs for Summer
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