I am always looking for songs that help my recorder students with specific areas - and often end up writing my own pieces to fit their needs. Since switching the starting pitches from BAG to GE I have been delighted that beginning with G and E opens up so much bitonic and tritonic (SM and SLM) songs and once we add low D we have access to some wonderful pentatonic material!
We are working on some pre-improvisational ideas and so The House Around the Corner was born this week! My students needed more practice with low E, and they were clamoring for something scary and spooky. This song can go in various directions - spooky or with a more autumnal/wintry theme.
I sang this song to them while playing the accompaniment.
Then I displayed these four 4-beat rhythm cards.