In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we play simplified versions of the C Major and G Major Chord in “London Bridge is Falling Down.” We also sing the melody to the song while playing the chords!
In London Bridge we….
-Learn that a simplified C Chord is C/1 and G/5
-Learn that a simplified G Chord is G/5 and D/2
-Sing the melody to London Bridge while playing simple chords on the bells
London Bridge is Falling Down Follow Up Activities
Inside the Chapter 4 workbook, you’ll find some simple chord sheet music for London Bridge, the full melody written out in case you want a challenge, and a really cool London inspired coloring page!
London Bridge is another I – V song (like the “The Wheels on the Bus” from Chapter 3), and after focusing a bit more on the note Re in this chapter, it’s helpful for students to go back and review the V chord a bit (which has Re in it).
If you have a decent sized class, split them into two groups and prepare to have a little extra fun with “London Bridge.”
With one group, you play the classic children’s game of “London Bridge” (with the singing and the raised arms and the falling bridge). Your second group is also singing along, but instead of playing the game, they’re playing the two-chord (I V) accompaniment.
This is a great way to combine music and movement with meaningful exposure to pitch. You get the blood-pumping fun of a music and movement game, which is shown to increase memory, enjoyment and retention, with the ear-training benefits that come from meaningful exposure to individual notes.
You can also ask your learner some questions about what they played in music this week. Some examples are…
Do you remember the words to London Bridge?
What two notes make up a simplified C Chord?
What two notes make up a simplified G Chord?
In the next lesson, we’ll be heading into Chapter 5 for a whole chapter focused on Mi Sol La. Before that though, don’t forget to check out everyone’s favorite game show, “What note is it?” at the end of Chapter 4.