It's Raining Cats and Dogs
A fun song for preschoolers and young singers age 3-8
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Enjoy "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" using the printed music, lyrics, teaching strategies, printable teaching aids and audio tracks.
Use suggestions provided for movement and singing restricted classes.
Print the PDF download to use as a reference.
View sample score
See Also (rhythm video below)
Fun Concert Repertoire
Follow the markings in “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” and sing expressively.
The mood of this song is optimistic. The singer is hoping to find lots of cats and dogs AND be able to keep the ones that are collected!
Many instructions in music scores are written in Italian and German. These are standard music terms used in music created by composers around the world regardless of the language they normally speak.
Students will need to understand the following Italian instructions:
Encourage solo singers to add some theatrical flair in bar 25, where you see the instruction to “sigh” during the rest (use the extra quarter beat created by the fermata). This can be a tired or loving sigh, or any emotion you wish to convey; or it can even be a theatrical “meow” or “woof”. The singer may add their own interpretation as they wish.
For fun, sing the whole song using only “woof” or “meow” and/or use a variety of woof/meow combinations.
Props and Presentation
Students may wish to add some props to add some visual interest to their performance. Some suggestions are:
Add actions to the song to enhance the concert or recital presentation. A list of suggested actions is included on page 10 of the PDF document.
Additional music activities are provided in the printable pdf (see sample here)
Keep the Beat:
- explore steady beat
- rit., a tempo and fermata
- conducting (silent beat keeping)
- clap, tap and say the rhythms for the whole song
Compose - using simple rhythm elements (quater notes, quarter rests and eighth notes):
- give your students the opportunity to compose their own original rhythm patterns
- use fun printable rhythm element cards (see sample of cards included in pdf download)
- read, tap, and play the simple rhythms created by the students
- combine 4-beat rhythms to create longer songs
- create rounds and canons with student rhythm patterns
Practice and reinforce understanding of rhythm patterns - using "call and response" activities
- use the rhythm patterns created by the students
- clap or play patterns, reading from flash cards
- clap or play patterns by ear
- create call and response “conversations”
Audio Sample - It's Raining Cats and Dogs
Vocal and Piano (sample)
The audio tracks included in the It's Raining Cats and Dogs can be used for concert and studio recitals. No Licensing fee is required to add these tracks to online classes or performances.
Teaching Music to Young Students – ways to use the song:Vocal studio teachers and classroom teachers can use "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" for a variety of purposes including performance repertoire/concerts/recitals, expressive singing, musical theatre/dramatizing the text, actions and MORE!
ArtHave the students create “Raining Cats and Dogs art” while listening to the song.
Use It's Raining Cats and Dogs as a spring-board into other weather related activities
- discuss the rain cycle, cloud formations and weather terms.
- track and chart daily weather in your area.
- create a rain circle (see Elementary Music with Donna video on FaceBook).
- read weather and rain related books
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- read along with Donna - It's Raining, It's Pouring
- sing other Donna Rhodenizer songs starring Cats and Dogs - find these tunes in the Donna & Andy store
- sing other Donna Rhodenizer songs about the weather
Teachers - Is Singing Restricted in Your Area (schools)?
There are still many ways to engage with this piece of music in meaningful musical ways.
Read through the lyrics together.
- Follow a printed lyrics sheet and circle all the dog and cat words in the song.
- Have the children suggest other animals that might work to create a unique version of the song.
- Do the actions for the song while listening to the instrumental plus vocal track.
- For a real challenge - do the actions for the song with the instrumental and melody guide track. A real test for inner hearing skills!
It's Raining Cats and Dogs - Download Sheet Music, Audio Tracks, Activities and Instructions
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