Pop Songs for School Ensembles (with 3 or 4 chords)

Pop Songs for School Ensembles (with 3 or 4 chords)

My “pop songs for school ensembles” collection Pinterest

Are you looking for some new songs for your students to play or sing?

I mentioned my popular Clever Music Videos Pinterest board in an earlier post and today I thought I’d share my Pop Songs for School Ensembles collection. I started this collection because whenever I need a 3 or 4 chord song that has lyrics that will pass the “school-friendly” test, I couldn’t think of any! Having this Pinterest board means I have a handy list of songs anytime I need them.

I’ve collected these songs over time from hearing them on the radio, or sung by my own kids or suggested by other teachers. It’s also been really useful to have a central location that allows me to store the links to Youtube clips.

About the songs

Most of the songs use just 3-4 chords, which makes them suitable for guitars and ukeleles. You may find that some of them need to be transposed to make them more student-friendly, but if you look online, it’s likely that someone has already done the work for you.

Please make sure you use your own judgement before deciding to use the songs at your school.

Some schools are more relaxed about lyric content (and that of the video) than others. Only you know what will be acceptable for your school and your students.

A look at the collection

To see all 48+ songs in the Pop Songs for School Ensembles board, click on the See It On Pinterest button below.

If you’d like to keep track of what I pin to my Pop Songs for School Ensembles board, you can follow the board with your own account. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, go and get one – it’s free!

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If you’d like some more background information about the way I’m using Pinterest to collect and share links in workshops and courses, head over to my earlier article Using Pinterest To Share Music Technology Links

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Do you have any pop songs to suggest for this board?

Do you have a favourite 3-4 chord pop song you think I should add to this board? Let me know in the comments below.

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By |2018-09-07T01:26:03+00:00September 4th, 2014|Elementary Ideas, Middle and High School Ideas, Teacher Tech Tips|7 Comments

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  1. Sharelle Guest September 4, 2014 at 10:35 am - Reply

    I would love to see your pop songs but there is a statewide block on Pintrest. Is there anywhere I can see them while at school?

    • Katie September 5, 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Hi Sharelle,
      I was waiting for a Qld teacher to comment about that! Unfortunately I can’t really help there. You could either view them when you get home (off the school network) or set up a personal hotspot at school via your phone if you have one.
      – Katie

  2. Clare Jones September 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie
    I have been following this board and have found it so useful – Thank you! Another song you might find helpful is Use Somebody by Kings of Leon.

    • Katie September 5, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Thanks Clare! I’ve just added the Kings of Leon song.
      – Katie

  3. Robyn WIndham September 6, 2014 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I just found Yellow Submarine too – which has only 3 chords – using it with tuned percussion and boomwhackers – put it in a powerpoint for the classroom -with links to historical clips and newsreports about the Beatles visiting Adelaide – kids should have fun with it – and learn something too.
    Love your work

    • Katie September 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Robyn! Love the extra support material you’ve suggested.
      – Katie

  4. Ben Neil September 18, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I think the State Wide block is only from 8am – 4pm (that’s what it is for Facebook so I asume it will be the same). Give it a try outside of those times.

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