Garden Symphony


Garden Symphony is a mini musical-theatre song with the opportunity to demonstrate the young singer’s expressive singing skills. This two-verse song explores the sights and sounds of the garden that blend together to create beautiful music for the eyes and ears.

The lyrical melody is contained within an octave with gentle step-wise phrases and a few dramatic intervals included for vocal excitement. The melody is supported within smooth, natural phrasing, creating a song that showcases the skills of the young singer.

Listen to melody + accompaniment:

Download Includes:

  • Vocal score
  • Lead sheet
  • Director/piano score
  • Lyrics
  • Accompaniment – with melody guide
  • Accompaniment – piano
  • Teaching Tips

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Garden Symphony 

Audio & Lyrics

Follow along with the lyrics as you listen to the accompaniment with melody guide for Garden Symphony.

Garden Symphony - Composed by Donna Rhodenizer - Lyrics - SAMPLE

Teacher Tips

Pre-Song Activity - Create a sound composition

Close your eyes and listen.

  • What sounds can you hear that are created by the things that are around you?
  • Are any of the sounds created by you?
  • Do any of the sounds sound like music to you?

Use sounds to make musical patterns. Use the sounds you heard when you were listening or create your own (e.g. tapping a pencil, clicking of computer keys, jingling earrings, etc.). Organizing sounds into patterns is making music!

Create a sound composition.

How will you write down the sounds you use in your composition? Pictures, words, symbols, etc. help you remember the sounds you are using so you can re-create your composition on another day, or give it to someone else to play.

Pre-song Discussion

Discuss sounds you might hear if you were outdoors.

  • Are those sounds music?
  • Do you have a favourite sound that you like to listen for when you are outdoors?

What are some things you might see if you were outdoors?            

  • Are those things a symphony for the eyes?
  • Do you have a favourite flower, or something you enjoy seeing when you are outdoors?

Music Vocabulary

Read the lyrics of Garden Symphony to discover what the composer was hearing and seeing. Do you know what all those things sound like and look like?

Sing the song together.

A symphony is a large piece of music for an orchestra.

The word symphony can also mean a beautiful blend of sights or sounds.

What other words are used to label music? (e.g. melody, tune, song, concerto, duet, solo, concert, performance, recital, etc.)

What other words are used to label art? (e.g. painting, collage, drawing, mural, sculpture, etc.)

Create a poster, a word wall or a dictionary of music words and/or art words.

Expressive Singing

There are many descriptive words in Garden Symphony.

  • Use clear diction and expressive singing to make the story more interesting for your audience.

There are long phrases in Garden Symphony.

  • Decide where you are going to take a breath to create the best long and lyrical phrases possible.

Score Study

Garden Symphony is created using simple rhythmic elements. Because of this simplicity, it makes a great rhythm sight-reading exercise.

How many different rhythm elements are there in the song?

      (Quarter note, eighth note, half note, dotted half note, quarter rest)

Clap or say the rhythm duration syllables that create the melody of this song.

  • Clap the rhythm in canon with another student or the teacher.
  • Create a simple ostinato using only 2 rhythm elements and divide the class with one group tapping the ostinato and one group clapping the rhythm.
  • Use instruments to play the rhythm and ostinato patterns.  
    • Is it better to have the ostinato louder or the rhythm of the lyrics louder? Try it both ways and make musical decisions about what you think works best.

Composer's Notes

Garden Symphony

Between 2020 - 2022 I had the opportunity to stay at home with no expectations that I needed to be anywhere or see anyone. This 2-year period provided me lots of time on my hands to be creative. I had time to sit and reflect, and time to sit at the piano and “noodle” and I wrote over 150 songs! Garden Symphony was one of the songs in this large influx of ideas and collection of songs. I was playing with a stream of consciousness as I thought about things that I hear in nature that create “music” if I only stop and listen for them. There are also things to see. Being forced to stop and take some time certainly turned into a productive period for me as a composer. It is a good idea to stop rushing around and being busy all the time. Garden Symphony is a little song with a big message!

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Vocal Range

D4 – D5



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