The Penguin Ball

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In this gentle song, the penguins are getting ready to go the penguin ball. They love whirling and dipping, sliding and slipping as they dance together “cheek to cheek” on the ice. They sadly say goodnight when the ball is over and they continue to hum bits of music as they waddle home at the end of the evening.

Young singers enjoy the 3/4 meter of The Penguin Ball as the penguins waltz at the ball. The descriptive lyrics and imaginative story line make this a wonderful song for exploring expressive singing. The melody is created with many combinations of descending and ascending thirds. The melody stays within an octave, between C4-C5, which is an ideal range for young singers.

The Penguin Ball is a lovely solo for young singers or a great concert performance song for young elementary choirs.

The Penguin Ball is one of four penguin songs by Donna Rhodenizer. The other three songs in her penguin collection are: Pondering Penguins, Penguin Parade and I Wonder.

The Penguin Ball is included in the Royal Conservatory of Music Voice Series, 2019 Edition: Repertoire 1List B : 20th and 21st century Repertoire.

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Download Includes:

  • Vocal score
  • Director/piano score
  • Lyrics
  • Accompaniment – with melody guide
  • Accompaniment – piano
  • Donna & Andy band – instrumental track
  • Donna & Andy – performance track
  • Teaching Tips and Strategies
  • 12 Cross-curricular Activities
  • Colouring page

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The Penguin Ball

Audio & Lyrics

Follow along with the lyrics as you listen to the accompaniment with melody guide for The Penguin Ball

Note:

Donna & Andy recorded tracks include the 16-bar instrumental verse.

Piano accompaniment tracks do not include an instrumental verse.

Song for Young Singers - The Penguin Ball - Song Composed by Donna Rhodenizer - Lyrics

Part of a Song Collection

The Penguin Ball is one of 12 songs from the award-winning song collection "Computer Cat". Donna Rhodenizer has written these songs in a variety of styles and skill levels for singers from ages 5-12+.

Learn more about this fun collection for elementary-aged kids, choirs and solo vocal students. The 93-page book provides the vocal score, full score and separate lyrics pages for 12 songs. Enjoy! 

Please note: audio tracks for the e-book version are sold separately. Print copies of the book include CD (24 tracks)

Computer Cat - Songbook

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Teaching Tips

Expressive singing

  • Read the lyrics aloud to discover the descriptive words that will be highlighted as you explore the art of expressive singing.
  • Discuss how to use clear consonants and rounded vowels to sing the words expressively.
  • Use dynamics to create the mood changes that occur in the story of the song.

Teach 3/4 meter

  • Step on beat one of every measure to experience the swaying, waltz feel of 3/4 meter.
  • Practice a 3-beat conducting pattern as you listen to the song, or divide the class with some students conducting while others sing. Switch groups.
  • Add colourful scarves, moving them on beat one of each bar for kinesthetic and visual reinforcement of the swaying movement of 3/4 time.

Explore musical phrases

  • Discover how many phrases are in the opening chorus.
  • Have the children move one hand in a rainbow shape to show the shape of each phrase as they listen to the song.

Create a penguin “unit”

  • Sing all four of Donna’s penguin songs: The Penguin Ball, I Wonder, Penguin Parade and Pondering Penguins. 
  • Create a presentation for invited guests (family members, administrators, another class)
  • Add costumes.
  • Share penguin facts between each song.

Colouring Page - Download

Download (pdf), print and have fun colouring this page while you listen to the song The Penguin Ball. Enjoy 35 more colouring pages when you get a "Top of the Class" Donna & Andy Membership.

Song for Young Singer - The Penguin Ball - composed by Donna Rhodenizer - Artwork by Richard Bennett

Composer's Notes

I wrote The Penguin Ball after a request from a teacher at my school who was doing a penguin unit with her students. She asked me for a penguin song and I didn’t know any, so I wrote my own! When her students came to my music class they told me lots of penguin facts to give me ideas for my songs. I discovered that penguins are amazing creatures. The conditions in which they live and the way they survive, live, and raise their babies are all fascinating.

With all the facts I discovered, I had enough ideas to write four penguin songs! The Penguin Ball is an imaginative depiction of how penguins might spend their moonlit evenings. How romantic to waltz together at the “Penguin Ball”. I can see those penguins sadly saying goodnight as they waddle home to go to sleep.

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