Daily Activities

We will be posting songs, musical games and activities that you can play at home (or in school) without contact to keep developing your musicianship skills and have fun.

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Day 14 – Un poquito

Our Thursday #NYCOSdaily is a South American song with actions for practising over the Easter weekend, suitable for ages 9 and up. It means ‘a little singing, a little dancing, a little le-lo-la like a canary’.

You’ll find the songsheet with more information at Un poquito.

‘Un poquito’ is adapted from Singing Games & Rhymes for ages 9-99.

Day 13 – Ding Dong

Ding Dong, Hot Dog! Today’s #NYCOSdaily is an active song suitable for all ages, with plenty of actions and challenges to enjoy.

‘Ding Dong’ is adapted from Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years 1. You’ll find the songsheet with instructions at Ding Dong.

Day 12 – Liza Jane

Our Tuesday activity is a rhythmic cup song suitable for ages 9 and up. For this you’ll need two cups or objects you can pick up and pass around the floor.

This game works perfectly for one person and equally well as a round. You’ll find the songsheet with more information at Liza Jane.

‘Liza Jane’ is adapted from Singing Games & Rhymes for ages 9-99.

Day 11 – Once a man fell in a well

New week, new songs! ‘Once a man fell in a well’ is another fun action song, suitable this time for ages 7 and up. This song can also be sung as a round.

We love seeing your own videos, do keep posting them with the hashtag #NYCOSdaily.

This song is adapted from a version in Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years 2 and Go for Silver. You’ll find the words and extra challenges at Once a man fell in a well.

Day 10 – The Ships of Arcady

Thanks for all your hard work on our second week of #NYCOSdaily videos, time to sit back and enjoy ‘The Ships of Arcady’. One of the most divine solo songs that Michael Head wrote, his later arrangement in three parts is beautifully sung here by NYCOS National Girls Choir.

Available on Only as Singing Bird.

Day 9 – Chumbara

Today’s #NYCOSDaily is one to practice this weekend. ‘Chumbara’ is a cup song suitable for ages 7 and up.

For this you’ll need two cups, or if you don’t have available you can use any two items you can pick up and tap together.

‘Chumbara’ is adapted from Singing Games & Rhymes for Middle Years 2. You’ll find the words and extra challenges at Chumbara

Day 8 – A Sailor went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Get stretching to your knees and toes! Today’s music lesson is an action song for ages 3 and up adapted from Singing Games & Rhymes for Early Years 1.

You can be creative with this one, let us know any other actions you can think of using hashtag #NYCOSDaily

You’ll find the words and extra challenges at A Sailor went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Day 7 – Tony Chesnut

Today’s activity is a fun action song suitable for all ages. Remember to imitate the actions without touching your face.

You can have fun with this one, replacing the words and actions to anything you’d like! Post your own version using the hashtag #NYCOSDaily

‘Tony Chestnut’ is adapted from Singing Games & Rhymes for Middle Years 2.

You’ll find the words and extra challenges at Tony Chesnut

Day 6 – I’ve Been to Harlem

Ready for a new week of homeschooling? #NYCOSdaily is here to help with the music lessons.

We have a ball game today but don’t worry there’s an alternative version without a ball too.

This game is adapted from the NYCOS publication Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years 1 and is suitable for ages 7 and up.

You’ll find the words and extra challenges at I’ve Been to Harlem

Day 5 – The Circus

Well done to everyone who has been working hard on our daily videos. Take a break today (or scroll down to practice them all over again) and enjoy Steven Deazley ‘The Circus’ from NYCOS National Boys Choir’s 2015 performance.

We’ll see you again next week.

Day 4 – I Left My Luggage

Yesterday’s activity was a simple song with a complicated pattern. Today we have a rhyme with a simple tapping pattern and complicated words.

If you need help remembering the words you can turn on subtitles to begin with. It’s a challenge, but you will get there with practice!

This activity is from Singing Games and Rhymes for Middle Years 1 and is suitable for ages 7 and up.

You’ll find the words and extra challenges at: I Left My Luggage

Day 3 – Reuben, Reuben

Today we have a traditional folksong from America. ‘Reuben, Reuben’ is a simple song but with quite a complicated clapping pattern suitable for ages 9 to 99.

You can personalise the song by changing the names. It’s easy if you know someone with a two-syllable name.

We’d love to see you singing this song, post your video using the hashtag #NYCOSdaily.

The songsheet for this game is available at: Reuben, Reuben

Day 2 – Have You Ever, Ever, Ever

Today’s activity is a fun song suitable for ages 7 up with either long or short legs! Have you ever, ever, ever is a mi re do song adapted from Go for Bronze.

Once you’ve got the hang of it you can add your own verses with different words and actions. Let us know what you come up with by posting your own video with actions using the hashtag #NYCOSdaily.

The songsheet for this game is available at: Have You Ever, Ever, Ever

Day 1 – Senua De Dende

This particular song, Senua de dende from Ghana, is about a mother calling her child home. The accompanying game is suitable for ages 9+ and might need some practise. We will have different games every day for a variety of ages and abilities.

Adapted from Singing Games & Rhymes for ages 9 to 99 the songsheet for this game is available at: Senue de dende