Okay music teachers let’s get jazzed about summer and teaching our songs related to the season. How about learning music from the sixties and seventies? Surfing music from the Beach Boys, Bruce and Terry with “Summer Means Fun”, The Rivieras with “California Sun”, Ronny & the Daytonas with “G.T.O.”, and the Rip Chords with “Hey Little Cobra”, Jan & Dean, with “Surf City”.
Surf City – Jan and Dean
Ronnie and the Daytonas – GTO
If you teach guitar how about The Chantays, “Pipeline”, Surfaris, “Wipe Out”, Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen”, The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run”.
Woodwind teachers you cannot be left out of this genre! Your students can learn, “A Summer Day”, “End of Summer”, “Summer Belles”, and “Summer Solstice”.
I want to encourage you to try Finale Songwriter. Songwriter is a fabulous piece of software. If you’ve never heard of this program it is genius. You can hook a piano keyboard with a midi jack to the computer and whatever you play on the keyboard, Songwriter writes to music. You can then print the song and the program will then play it for you in perfect time so you can make a practice track.
This is a fantastic tool for teaching and it’s a must-have!