– Welcome to the first day of music. I’m going to sing, ♪ Good morning, boys and girls ♪ And you sing back, ♪ Good morning, Miss Skydell. ♪ Now that you know who I am,
I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine. This is Loo Loo. Yes, Loo Loo was a tennis
ball in a former life. But Loo Loo, can you show
everyone why your name is Loo Loo? That’s Loo Loo nodding. Go ahead. ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo loo loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ Thank you Loo Loo. Can everyone applaud? Loo Loo’s going to take a bow. Take a bow, take a bow. Loo Loo, can you sing some loo loos for everyone to echo after you? Okay, go ahead. ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo oo oo oo oo ♪ ♪ Loo oo oo oo oo ♪ ♪ Loo oo oo oo oo ♪ ♪ Loo oo oo oo oo ♪ ♪ Loooooo! ♪ ♪ Loooooo! ♪ ♪ Oo oo woo! ♪ Now no matter what’s
happening during the class, if you hear Loo Loo go ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ Stop what you’re doing and sing back ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ And then you’ll be able to
hear what’s coming next. Now I’m gonna test you at
some point during this class. You won’t know when it’s gonna– ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ It could be just sudden like that. Thanks for helping Loo Loo. Sometimes during a
transition, the kids might not hear you when you have Loo Loo sing. So you can pick up Loo Loo
and begin talking like this. Loo Loo, I know, I know you
sang and they didn’t hear you. (sighs) I know, they’re being really kinda noisy right now and chatty. Maybe you can help me again. Can you try? So, during the time when you’re
talking to a tennis ball, the kids usually stop and pay attention. Let’s say we’re doing an activity where we pass the
glockenspiel around the circle and the child next to
me has the last turn. ♪ Anna takes the mallets and
she plays a gentle song ♪ ♪ First she plays herself and
then she passes it along ♪ I know it looks like
everyone’s had a turn, but there’s someone who hasn’t gone yet. Loo Loo! Okay, let’s see how Loo Loo does. Okay, you ready Loo Loo? Here we go. ♪ Loo Loo takes the mallet
and he plays a gentle song ♪ ♪ First he plays himself and
then he passes it along ♪ Good job Loo Loo, that was wonderful. Okay, you can (grunts) you can, okay. I guess he didn’t wanna let go. He had a good time, right? Okay. Loo Loo, I was wondering if you could sing the next song for us. What we’re gonna do next. Can you sing it? Okay, go ahead. ♪ Loo loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ And the kids will probably
shout out, Frère Jacques! So now you’re on to your next activity, using Loo Loo to help you transition. If you’ve been practicing
simple Solfège patterns with the kids, Loo Loo
is a great way to test that they can identify them. For example, if you’ve been working on Sol Mi Do, Sol La Sol, or Sol Mi Sol. Those kinds of things. Have Loo Loo test them. And to make it easy to start, you can say Loo Loo is always gonna start with Sol. Are you ready? ♪ Loo loo loo ♪ And the kids sing back ♪ Sol Mi Sol ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Sol Sol La Sol ♪ ♪ Loo Loo Loo ♪ ♪ Sol Mi Do ♪ A great way to start class if the children come to your music room,
is to meet them at the door with Loo Loo in hand and
say, “You can’t come in until we pass today’s Loo Loo test.” And then have Loo Loo sing a song that you did at the last class. ♪ Loo loo loo loo loo loo loo ♪ ♪ Loo loo loo loo loo loo loo ♪ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! Of course. And then have the children sing the song as they walk into the
room and sit in a circle and that way they’re
engaged in class right away and you can move on to
whatever you’re doing next.

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Dennis Veasley

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