Mother Goose Society
 Join-In Rhythms
MOTHER GOOSE
HOME
WHO WAS
MOTHER GOOSE?
MOTHER GOOSE
DAY: MAY 1
MOTHER GOOSE
POTPOURRI
Q & A  ABOUT
MOTHER GOOSE
PHOTOS &
ILLUSTRATIONS
MOTHER GOOSE
PERFORMERS
RHYMES
& RECIPES
FINGERPLAYS
JOIN-IN RHYTHMS
LONG VERSES
NARRATIVE
BALLADS
GAMES &
ACTIVITIES
RELATED
LINKS
Join-In Rhythms
Join-in rhythms are also called chorall speeches, choral responses, or responsive readings.
They are performed by more than one person. There are at least two parts, usually divided into a leader and the group refrain, or two groups, or a leader and several groups, or even several leaders with several groups. 
Through the use of tonal quality (soft, loud, quick, slow) or different sounds (notes that rise or fall) a story is told. 
Join-in rhythms are good for experiences in sharing poetry and also for "performng." They make excellent material for short, easy-to-learn dramatic presentations.
Bells of London Town

Oh, Colly, My Cow

Old Roger

Two Cats of Kilkenny

Also see Aiken Drum





 

Two Cats of Kilkenny

There once were two cats of Kilkenny.
Each thought there was one cat too many.
      Meow!
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
      Meow!
'Til except for their nails,
And the tips of their tails,
      Meow!
Instead of two cats,
There weren't any!

refrain by group
 
 

(slightly suspicious)
 

(angrily)
 

(quietly)

(silence)

--adapted from Mother Goose

TOP OF PAGE