In this Prodigies music lesson, we play our first popular song, “The Wheels on The Bus.”
In “The Wheels on the Bus” we…
-Play the Red Bell C with our left hand
-Play the Teal Bell G with our right hand
-Play our first popular song with the bells, which will help open up your learners to bigger ideas about what’s musically possible with their instrument.
Wheels on the Bus Follow Up Activities
Getting some extra practice with this song is a really good idea. It will help provide some more memorable context for the sound of 1-5 and it will help work on some of nuances (like some of the faster rhythms) that weren’t explicitly focused on in this lesson.
Beyond some extra practice though, this is the perfect opportunity to play a listening game with just the notes 1 and 5. Simply hide your bells behind a book or a box or something similar, and ask your learners, “What Note Is It? Do… or Sol?” Your learner can tell you the answer, sing you the answer (preferable), or sing AND hand-sign you the answer (even better).
After your learner get’s the hang of that listening game, you can also reprise some of the call and response games from previous lessons. For example, while your learner has their eyes closed, play them a 3-note pattern on Do and Sol (i.e. S S D). Then, have them open their eyes and try to play it back to you. Gently guide them to the correct answer!
Last but not least, if you have some bells, you have a little fun using Do and Sol like action figures or find other clever ways to insert them into other areas besides music-time! In other words, work them into your child’s free play, or their block area, or their art area. Put the red bell on the back of a fire truck, or put the teal one as a doorbell to your next blanket fort. Create some unique and memorable moments with your C and G Bell in the name of meaningful exposure to pitch!
In the next lesson, we’re going to kick things up a notch and play a lesson with 5 different bells! We’ll also meet the G chord, which contains two less familiar notes, B and D.