Be a conductor and direct your vocalists.

  • Target Age:  4-7 
  • Learning Goals:  vocabulary, oral language development, music, creative expression
  • Related Episode: Martha Sings, TD Makes the Band

Target Words

broken, collection, discard, garbage, junk, recycle, rubbish, trash, valuable, worthless




One person is the conductor and the other person or people are thevocalists. Before you begin, you may want to explain that thetempo is the speed of the music and a conductor is a person who directs the vocalists or singers.

  1. The conductor chooses a song (one that everyone knows).
  2. The vocalists start singing that song.
  3. The conductor calls out different commands (see below) for the vocalists to follow.
  4. At the end of the song, it's someone else's turn to be the conductor.

Mimic a conductor's hand motions as you call out commands such as:

  • Speed up the tempo!
  • Slow down the tempo!
  • Clap to the beat!
  • Stomp your feet to the beat!
  • Sing the chorus really loud!
  • Use your opera [or hip-hop] voice!
  • Make it sound like Martha!

Take it Further
The original version is great for car trips or vacations because all you need is your singing voice. If you're at home and you have some musical instruments, try doing the same activity but with musical instruments instead of singing. You can still change the tempo and the volume, plus do things like switching instruments!

Related Books
  • Ruby Sings the Blues by Niki Daly
    Everyone teases Ruby because her voice is so loud–until her musician neighbors help her learn to sing.
  • The Dog Who Sang at the Opera by Marshall Izen and Jim West
    This story about a Russian wolfhound who sings at the Metropolitan Opera is based on a true story.
  • M is for Music by Kathleen Krull
    Explore the world of music in this tuneful alphabet book.

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