David Finlay

Hello My Name Is...

David Richard Finlay

dave f

dfinaly@richmond.k12.mi.us
586-727-2509 Ext. 1401
 
 
Classes:
I am highly qualified to teach K-12 music Education at all K-12 levels.  I am currently in my fifth year teaching elementary general music at Will Lee Elementary School as well as 6th grade music and 8th grade study skill at Richmond Middle School.
 
Education Experience:
Bachelor of Music, (Magna Cum Laude), 2011
Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan
Provisional Teaching Certificate Music Education, 2011
Affiliations: MENC, MSVMA
 
 I taught one year at Pine River Elementary School in St. Clair School District and have taught in Richmond in the fall of 2012.
 
Why did I decide to teach elementary music?  Music is one of my greatest passions fueled by many years of study and performance.  I began by learning the piano at a very young age followed by professional voice lessons at the professional level.  I have made it one of my life’s goals to increase my knowledge of my two instruments voice and piano and now to share my abilities with elementary school children is a rare and wonderful opportunity. Also, I love teaching and working with children.  In the music classroom I am entusiastic and motivated to be creative and nurturing as I challenge my students to be the same.  From Mozart to Carly Rae Jepsen I will expose your child to a variety of musical genres.  It's a great time to be in music!
 


 
Outside of the classroom I have studied Jazz piano and  have been a church pianist for 30 years I have accompanied vocalists and small singing groups throughout my career as a musician.  I have arranged many concerts and performances involving both young people and adults in various venues and genres.
 
In my free time I enjoy, bike riding, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.  I enjoy making new friends and spending time with friends and family.  

Please visit my webpage at richmondmusicforkids.weebly.com

David Finlay
Music Teacher
Richmond Community Schools
Will L. Lee Elementary
68399 S. Forest Richmond, Michigan 48062
O: (586) 727-2509* F: (586) 727-9223
www.richmond.k12.mi.us  
  
A Note to all parents for Music information and lessons during school closing please scroll down to the appropriate grade level of your child.  THIS IS ENCOURAGED NOT REQUIRED!

ALSO NOTE: Jamie Thiel in the district office is able to print copies of any activity posted on my teacher page.
If you have any questions please email me at my above address.
Thank you and stay safe!

Kindergarten 2020
Note to parents

I’m not allowed to post recordings of songs on this website, but I can share lyrics so if you’re able to read the lyrics to your child I’m sure they’ll remember the tune and sing along.

 

But I can’t spell hippopotamus

I can spell hat H-A-T

I can spell cat C-A-T

I can spell fat F-A-T

But I can’t spell hippopotamus

 

I can spell top T-O-P

I can spell hop H-O-P

I can spell mop M-O-P

But I can’t spell hippopotamus

 

H-I-P-P-O I know

And then comes P-0-T

But that’s as far as I can go

And that’s what bothers me

 

I can spell dog D-O-G

I can spell log L-O-G

I can spell hog H-O-G

 

But I can’t spell hippopotamus

 

They were Tall

My parents took me to a party

And the people walked around with cups of tea

And they all talked at once

A very noisy bunch

And the worst of all is that I couldn’t see

 

For they were tall, they were very, very tall

And no matter where I stood I couldn’t see

And they all talked at once, a very noisy bunch

And the worst of all is that I couldn’t see.

 

When I grow up I’m going to have a party

And we’ll all walk around with cups of tea

And we’ll all talk at once

A very lively bunch

And the best of all is that we all will see

 

And we’ll be tall, we’ll be very, very tall

And the best of all is that we all will see

And we’ll all talk at once, a very lively bunch

And the best of all is that we all will see.

The Good Day Song

When cats get up in the morning they always say good day (x2)

Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow,

That is what they say, they say

Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow,

That is what they say.

 

When dogs get up in the morning they always say good day (x2)

Bark, bark, bark, bark,

That is what they say, they say.



First grade concert song lyrics

 

I’ve a pair of fishes, fishes,

They are washing dishes, dishes,

This is indeed a wonder

See the fishes washing dishes

This is quite a wonder,

This is quite a wonder.

 

I’ve a pair of puppies, puppies,

They are raising guppies, guppies,

This is indeed a wonder

See the puppies raising guppies

See the fishes washing dishes

This is quite a wonder,

This is quite a wonder.

 

I’ve a pair of foxes, foxes,

They are building boxes, boxes,

This is indeed a wonder

See the foxes building boxes

See the puppies raising guppies

See the fishes washing dishes

This is quite a wonder,

This is quite a wonder.

 

I’ve a pair of bunnies, bunnies

They are reading, funnies, funnies,

This is indeed a wonder

See the bunnies reading funnies

See the foxes building boxes

See the puppies raising guppies

See the fishes washing dishes

This is quite a wonder,

This is quite a wonder.

 

I’ve a pair of parrots, parrots,

They are washing dishes, dishes,

This is indeed a wonder

See the parrots eating carrots

See the bunnies reading funnies

See the foxes building boxes

See the puppies raising guppies

See the fishes washing dishes

This is quite a wonder,

This is quite a wonder.

 

I wanna be a friend of yours

And a little bit more.

I wanna be a pal of yours

And a little bit more.

I wanna be a bumble bee

Buzzin’ round your door.

I wanna mean a lot to you

And a little bit and a little bit,

And a whole lot more.

 

Oh you are a friend of mine

And a little bit more.

You are a pal of mine

And a little bit more.

You are a bumblebee

Buzzin’ round my door.

You mean a lot to me

And a little bit, and a little bit,

And a whole lot more.

 

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,

To see what he could see, see, see.

And all that he could see, see, see.

Is the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

 

2) chop, chop, chop.

3) knee, knee, knee

4) shoo bop shoo bop.

 

1-2-3-4-5 once I caught a fish alive

1-2-3-4-5 once I caught a fish alive

6-7-8-9-10 then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

The little finger on my right.

(Air saxophone during solo)

1-2-3-4-5 once I caught a fish alive

6-7-8-9-10 then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

The little finger on my right.

(Air saxophone during ending.)

 

In like a lion out like a lamb

In like a lion out like a lamb

Oh were gonna March in the month of march.

Oh were gonna March in the month of march.

Oh were gonna March in the month of march.

Oh were gonna March in the month of march.

Repeat then

In like a lion out like a lamb MARCH!

 

Snow is Falling Today

Snow is falling today

Snow is falling today

Snow is falling today

Snow is falling today

On my head, on my nose, on my hands, on my toes.

On my head, on my nose, on my hands, on my toes.

Repeat.

 

Some great youtube links for the children to watch and listen to.

Double this double that

https://youtu.be/bTR8seixIys

 

Fanfare for the common man listening guide

This helps children to identify musical instruments by their sound.

https://youtu.be/wGVGEY7IMHM


Second grade Concert Song Lyrics 

 

The children know most of the songs pretty well. 

For them to review them once or twice per week is

Sufficient.

 

1) Au clair de la lune

Mon ami Pierrot

Prete-moi ta plume

Pour écrire un mot.

 

Ma chandelle est morte

Je n'ai plus de feu

Ouvre-moi ta porte

Pour l'amour de Dieu.

 

2) At the door I'm knocking,

by the pale moonlight

Lend a pen, I pray thee,

I've a word to write

Dying is my candle,

my fire burns no more

For the love of heaven,

open up the door.

 

 

You've gotta friend in me

You've gotta friend in me

 

When the road looks rough ahead

and you're miles and miles

 

from your nice warm bed

Just remember what your old pal said

son,

 

You've gotta friend in me

Yeah, You've gotta friend in me

 

 

You've gotta friend in me

You've gotta friend in me

 

You got troubles, then I got' em too

There isn't anything I wouldn't do for you

 

If we stick together we can see it through

cause' You've gotta friend in me

yeah, You've gotta friend in me

 

 

 

 

 

Soap and Water 

Soap and Water  (x4)

Wash your hands with soap and water

Wash your hands with soap and water

Faucet on water flows

Get it nice and warm

Grab the soap Lather up

Scrub up to your arms

Count to 10 count again

Keep those bubbles showing

When you’re done

Rinse them off

Time to dry and go

If you’re washing then you’re

gonna get the germs away (x2)

Soap and water’s gonna

help you get the germs away

If you’re washing then

you’re gonna get the germs away.

Away ,hey, hey, hey, hey

Away ,hey, hey, hey

Away ,hey, hey, hey, hey

Away ,hey, hey, hey

 

Check it out

It's about respect check it out!  check it out!

It's about respect check it out!

 

Gotta treat my friends like family

Gotta treat my family like friends

Treat 'em with respect

and they'll be there for me

They can count on me in the end!

 

It's about respect check it out!  check it out!

It's about respect check it out!

 

R-- there's a reason people

treat you like they do

E --Everybody take a chance

S -- It's so simple and it all begins with you

P -- people gotta take a stand

E -- Even when you think the world isn't fair

C -- Come along and check it out

T -- Take a risk, take a ride, take a dare.

Take a breath of air and let's shout,

RESPECT!  Check it out! RESPECT!

Check it out! 

 

It's about respect check it out!  check it out!

It's about respect check it out!

 

Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

We are mighty when we're united

Strong when we take a stand

Joined by freedom, called here together

Joined in this mighty land

 

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

We are mighty when we're united

Mighty as can be

Different people working together

Working for liberty

 

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

Here in America everybody knows

The way that it is, is the way that it goes

United we stand when we stand as one

United we stand, we will get the job done

 

Age,race,color, size

It really doesn't matter in America's eyes

Freedom is the core of America's dream

And all of us are part of America's team

 

 

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

Listening experiences for the students

 

Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copeland. 

This has a listening map that the students will learn to identify musical instruments by their sound.

https://youtu.be/wGVGEY7IMHM

 

The Wavin’ Flag by K’naan.

https://youtu.be/WTJSt4wP2ME

 

Wavin’ flag with lyrics.

https://youtu.be/EBl2PVjVNqA

 

Third grade music and listening practice for during the school closing.

 

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

 

A land of courage, faith, and honor.

A land of true equality.

A land of hope and pride

A land of unity.

A land of liberty.

 

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

This is America. Ame - - - rica.

 

A land of courage, faith, and honor.

A land of true equality.

A land of hope and pride

A land of unity.

A land of liberty

 

A land of hope and pride

A land of unity.

A land of liberty

 

This is America

America!

 

Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

We are mighty when we're united

Strong when we take a stand

Joined by freedom, called here together

Joined in this mighty land

 

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

We are mighty when we're united

Mighty as can be

Different people working together

Working for liberty

 

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

Here in America everybody knows

The way that it is, is the way that it goes

United we stand when we stand as one

United we stand, we will get the job done

 

Age,race,color, size

It really doesn't matter in America's eyes

Freedom is the core of America's dream

And all of us are part of America's team

 

 

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty united, Mighty united

Mighty, Mighty united (x4)

 

Listening experiences for the students

 

Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copeland. 

This has a listening map that the students will learn to identify musical instruments by their sound.

https://youtu.be/wGVGEY7IMHM

 

The Wavin’ Flag by K’naan.

https://youtu.be/WTJSt4wP2ME

 

Wavin’ flag with lyrics.

https://youtu.be/EBl2PVjVNqA


Fourth Grade listening and activity lessons during school closing

 

 

Songs to sing from youtube try and pick 3 that you like and sing along or at least listen intently:

https://youtu.be/URbYAaAK9OQ

 

https://youtu.be/yH61hFsma24

 

https://youtu.be/xg47uuIG3eg

 

https://youtu.be/8cCrRGYK2rY

 

https://youtu.be/RMWp2f9TOo4

 

https://youtu.be/RMWp2f9TOo4

 

https://youtu.be/QCN893hzueQ

 

 

Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copeland. 

This has a listening map that the students will learn to identify musical instruments by their sound.

https://youtu.be/wGVGEY7IMHM

 

The Wavin’ Flag by K’naan.

https://youtu.be/WTJSt4wP2ME

 

Wavin’ flag with lyrics.

https://youtu.be/EBl2PVjVNqA


Fifth grade Recorders

Here is a link for the Recorder karate book for those who would like to practice while your at home.

https://vanekmusic.zohosites.com/files/Recorder%20Karate.pdf

 

Here are some tutorial (teaching) links for learning the songs on the recorder.  Give it no more than either 5-10 minutes per day or a total of 45 minutes per week. 

 

Old Macdonald had a Farm

https://youtu.be/EEYXJgeLo-c

 

Oh When The Saints Go Marching In

https://youtu.be/bn6T0XumIe0

 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

https://youtu.be/TRN_RGU_BAM

 

Amazing Grace

https://youtu.be/c2H24KXaXRY

 

Ode To Joy

https://youtu.be/oK3iEZEUmVk

 

Here are some listening and singing links from youtube if you’d like to listen or sing along:

 

https://youtu.be/URbYAaAK9OQ

 

https://youtu.be/yH61hFsma24

 

https://youtu.be/xg47uuIG3eg

 

https://youtu.be/8cCrRGYK2rY

 

https://youtu.be/RMWp2f9TOo4

 

https://youtu.be/RMWp2f9TOo4

 

https://youtu.be/QCN893hzueQ

 

 

Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copeland. 

This has a listening map that the students will learn to identify musical instruments by their sound.

https://youtu.be/wGVGEY7IMHM

 

The Wavin’ Flag by K’naan.

https://youtu.be/WTJSt4wP2ME

 

Wavin’ flag with lyrics.

https://youtu.be/EBl2PVjVNqA


7th and 8th grade Choir
Encouraged Not required!

     At the top center click “Exercises” 

Scroll down and click on note identification  

Go to the gear on the top right 

Click on treble range  

Make the top the end G above the staff 

And make the low end middle C 

Make key signatures to only C 

Note names “Solfege (movable do). 

Turn off accidentals 

Go through these exercises for a few minutes. 

 

For Key Signature practice 

  1. At the top left click the house 

  1. While still on exercises, click key signature identification. 

  1. Click the gear on the top right of screen. 

  1. Make Key Signatures C, F, and G only! 

  1. Scales should be Major! 

Please enjoy trying the website options!  


 

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