Why Disney Songs Are Great For Music Teachers
- By: Callum Asterman
From their blockbuster movies to television hits, Disney films have always been loved as much for their music as for their stunning animation and engaging stories. Although modern audiences will be familiar with the names behind the movies of the past few decades, with names like Elton John and Randy Newman penning modern classics, there is an equally impressive pedigree of composers and performers stretching right back to the film company's silver screen beginnings early last century.
In fact, many of the Disney songs have become so ingrained into our consciousness that we sometimes forget where they originally came from. Consider these: When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio); Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? (Three Little Pigs) and A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins).
And then there are the ones that are so quintessentially Disney that you can actually picture the animation before your very eyes the moment you hear the opening bars: The Bare Necessities or I Wan'na Be Like You (from the Jungle Book); You've Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story); I've Got No Strings (Pinocchio) and Never Smile at a Crocodile (Peter Pan).
It's the enduring popularity of these fantastic songs that makes them ideal for anyone learning an instrument. It's always easier to learn along with songs you have actually heard of and know well than with something unknown. With these Disney tunes there is the added advantage that they are enjoyed by people of all ages. Can you think of anything more joyous than teaching a youngster to play The Bare Necessities on the piano? There's so much scope for duets, singing and even a spot of dancing that it should be a must for any teacher.
Once the music student becomes a little more competent, you could try and tackle some of the more modern classics, such as Hannah Montana, The Cheetah Girls and, of course, the more challenging High School Musical 2. Remember if yo uare trying to pick music that will be known by your students, you had better make sure you're on the ball with what they love, too. Picking the latest teen or pre-teen hit could either be a big hit with your students or they may look at you blankly if you have been misinformed. A quick check of the DVD collection and the pictures around a family home will quickly set you on the right course.
So when teaching children to play the piano, vioiln or any other instrument, it can really pay dividends if you select songs that echo down the generations. There are hundreds of Disney songs and themes that can help here, starting with easy pieces and advancing all the way to the intricate orchestral epics. The list covers heartfelt love songs, joyous celebrations of life and hilarious comic masterpieces. And best of all, it'll give you an excuse to watch the films all over again.
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