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The 5 most beautiful canons for music lessons

Canons are very popular for both choirs and schools. Especially in music lessons, canons can contribute to a varied school lesson. The simple texts and melodies are memorable and therefore quickly lead to beautiful sound results in the classroom. We'll introduce you to the five most beautiful canons for your lessons and show you what canons singing in school can do for children.

Canon in music class

Canons are songs in which two or more voices join the same melody at a certain distance. Each voice is identical, but the individual voices sing with a time delay. A canon must therefore have at least two parts, but it can also have more voices.

Singing canon: these are the advantages

Canons in music lessons can have positive effects on your students:

  • Increased concentration: Singing a canon requires focus from each of your students. You have to focus entirely on the song and your own voice in order not to lose the rhythm. This can also help the children in other school subjects.
  • Community: A nice effect of a canon is the equal polyphony. No child is in the foreground - everyone sings together. A successfully practiced canon is thus a communal experience for your students and can strengthen the class community.
  • Challenge with fun: Canon singing is a challenge for the children to grow from. Since the experience is always connected with fun, it leaves positive memories with the students.

Practice songs as canon

In order not to overwhelm your students with the different voices of the canon, there is a specific way to practice the songs:

1. Audition: First of all, sing the song to your class.

2. Practice in unison: Now all of you sing the song together. In this way, you practice the canon with your class in unison as a song.

3. Divide up groups: Do your students know the text? Okay, now divide the children into groups. In the beginning two votes are enough. Later you can increase to three and, depending on the canon, even to four groups.

4. Determine the order: Determine the exact order of the voices. Who can start? And at which point in the text does the next group begin?

5. Sing for several voices: Now try to sing the song as canon with your class. So that your students don't miss the start, give them a sign to use.

6. Practice, practice, practice: It didn't work right away? This is normal with canons. Just try again and keep adding the canon to your music class over the next few weeks.

Would you like to specifically train the voices of your students? In the book “Voice Canons” the didactic concept of “Integral movement-active voice training” is explained to you and it is shown with which exercises and canons voices, breathing and articulation can be trained.

5 Popular Canons for Music Classes

1. Brother Jacob

Probably the best known canon is "Brother Jacob". Originally it is a French nursery rhyme from the 18th century. The quatrain has one simple melody and you can share it with your students with up to four voices to sing. The advantage of this canon song: It is multilingual. So you can let the children sing the canon in music lessons in addition to German in numerous other languages ​​such as English, Italian or Spanish.

2. Good luck and good blessings

This song is a canon classic and too four-part. It is particularly suitable in music lessons if one of your students is birthday Has. So the whole class can congratulate the child with a suitable canon.

Our tip: The text and notes for “Good luck and much blessings” can be found in the book “chorissimo! Green ". In addition to 75 songs for class singing and design ideas for lessons, the choir director's volume also contains several canons, such as the "Tannenzweige" canon for Christmas.

3. Hey, start the car

This canon is a autumn harvest song. The melody for the folk song was composed around 1609 by the English musician Thomas Ravenscroft. The poet of the text is still unknown to this day. The canon can contain up to three voices sung and is a great way to introduce your students to a historical folk song.

4. I like the flowers

With this four-part canon awaken joy and spring fever in the students in music lessons. The benefit of this canon is that you can use it with your class in several languages can sing. Because canon songs in English are well suited for interdisciplinary lessons. The text is very simple and can therefore also be sung by beginners. In this way, you can teach your students a new language in addition to singing.

Our tip: In “100 colorful canon hits” by the well-known songwriter Wolfgang Hering you will find many other singing and speaking canons in addition to “I like the flowers”. These are geared towards educational work with children and are therefore perfect for your music lessons.

5. Two little wolves

You can share this modern canon with your students four-part to sing. In case you want to vary the song, you can turn the canon into one Join in song remodel for the whole class. For this you can think of a choreography for some text passages.

You can watch a nice example of "Zwei kleine Wolfe" as a join-in song in this video:

With a choreography you bring movement into your music lessons and encourage multitasking. In this way, you can show your students how the same lyrics can be designed in two different ways - once as a canon and once as a join-in song.

Our tip: Text, sheet music and design ideas for “Zwei kleine Wolfe” can be found in “99 Songs in the Choir”. The choir book contains a mixture of folk and children's songs, but also pop songs, canons and experimental pieces.

Singing canons - an added value for every music lesson

Canons are fun and challenge your students. With our five canons you can diversify your music lessons. Would you like to know what educational added value your music lessons can have for children? In our article “Promoting social skills through music education” we tell you more about the social effects that playing music has on children.

Are you looking for new canons apart from the classics? Then you can be inspired by “33 new canons”. Or browse through our “Canons for Choir & Singing” category.

We wish you and your students a lot of fun practicing and singing the canons!


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