Singing Lesson for Grades 9-12, Part 2

Grade Levels: 9 - 12

Students sing a three-part song as a class and in small ensembles. Meets National Music Standard 1.


  • Students will sing a three-part song as a class and in small ensembles with one student on a part.


  • "Yonder Come Day," arr. Judith Cook Tucker (Danbury, CT: World Music Press), 2 or 3 parts

Prior Knowledge and Experiences

  • Students can sing melodic lines independent of other voices.


  1. Tell students to step-clap, stepping on beats one and three and clapping on beats two and four in 4/4 meter. Then ask them to sing part 1 of "Yonder Come Day" while they continue stepping and clapping.
  2. Have all students sing part 2 and then all sing part 3 while they step and clap.
  3. Ask students to count off by threes, and then assign each number a part to perform. Have students sing the song with all three parts. Alternate parts so that each student sings each of the three parts at some time.
  4. Have students sing the piece with two or three students on each part. Ask everyone to continue stepping and clapping as the ensemble performs.
  5. Finally, have small groups sing the song with one student on each part as the rest of the class steps and claps. (If students are reluctant to sing, let them choose a backup singer or have other students in the class hum along.) Give every student the opportunity to sing alone on a part.

Indicators of Success

  • Students sing "Yonder Come Day" in three parts in small ensembles.
  • Students sing the song with one student on a part.

Extension Activities

  • Have students perform "Yonder Come Day" from memory.
  • Have students learn to sing "Betelehemu" by Wendell Whalum, (New York: Lawson-Gould Music Publishers), SATB, with one student on a part.

Standards Correlations

  • Standard 1f

    Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music: Students sing in small ensembles with one student on apart.

Excerpted from Strategies for Teaching High School General Music.

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