Fiddle On Down
This is a fun, quick piece in an American Hoe-Down style. In the key of A major, it’s a good piece for focusing on G# intonation, as well as cut time rhythms. There are some small fiddle-y ornaments and some exciting dynamic contrasts. Definitely listen to some folk/fiddle music together as part of your study! The piece also has a lot of repeats and a DC al Fine so lots of ‘roadmap’ music theory practice. Last, I had my students play double stops throughout this piece, but you could do divisi if that were more appropriate to your ensemble. I hope your students enjoy playing this piece as much as mine did.
Duration: 2 minutes 20 seconds
This arrangement is perfect for a young middle school choir. Your students will find the simple two-part harmonies and echoes very accessible and fun. About two and a half minutes long, the energetic piano part makes this song delightful. This arrangement is written to include a class songwriting project – in the section from measure 52 to 72, take student…