Here you will find the piece analysis, links, and teaching ideas!
Composer, Kevin MacLeod’s YouTube channel with a visual representation of the song very similar to Chrome Song Maker.
Examples of how Monkeys Spinning Monkeys has been used on TikTok.
Song Download Site & Info about the song with downloadable wav files and sheetmusic.
I’ve outlined ideas for the A, B, and C sections for movement, drums, and parachutes. A great idea for exploration and creation is to let the students create the movement, drum part, or parachute moves.
- Divide the class in thirds and put each in charge of one of the sections. Perform the piece with each group performing on their section(s).
- You can teach the A and B section then let small groups come up with their ideas for the C section. Share each group’s idea. Perform the entire piece with the whole group performing the same A and B and then the C will sparkle with all of the unique ideas happening at once.
- Extend the learning by going to Chrome Music Lab’s Song Maker and have students compose an A B A C A song.
If you use any of these ideas, please comment below and let me know!