The Ghost of Tom

Ghost Pic 1The ‘Ghost of Tom’ (or ‘Ghost of John’) is a perennial Halloween favourite and no wonder. It’s (a little bit) spooky, has a ghost, a ghost lyric (oo-oo-oo), is a round and can be accompanied by just two notes.

This version is in Am, making it easy to perform on tuned percussion instruments (no sharps or flats).

The range for vocalists is a bit of a stretch, you might have to lower some parts down an octave.

Below are the resources I’m using with my music students.

  1. A simple grid notation accompaniment with just three patterns: A-G-A, C-B-C and E-D-E. JP children will quickly learn these and older students with limited music experience will also cope.
    Ghost Of Tom Simple Percussion Chart
  2. The four lines written in notation. Use this for older students. Give them the choice of which lines to play (beginners can do the last two).
    More capable students can play all four.
    Have You Seen the Ghost of Tom – Percussion Chart
  3. An audio accompaniment with vocals. It’s just 90bpm, so a good speed to play along with. It has a two bar intro and then the song is sung once. The song begins again but this time as a round. Part two begins at bar 11, part 3 at bar 13 and part 4 at bar 17. Each entry is marked with a cymbal. It finishes with a two bar ending.
  4. A simple score of the song.
    Ghost of Tom Score
  5. Vocal sheet (with alternative verse).
    Have You Seen the Ghost Of Tom – Lyrics

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Ghost of Tom Thumbnail - Simple Percussion Ghost of Tom Thumbnail - score

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Christmas Countdown Song

My students love Advent calendars, especially the ones that include chocolates behind each door.

This year, for our End-of-Year Christmas Assembly, we’re performing an advent calendar song called ‘Christmas Countdown‘. No chocolates, but lots of fun anyway.

Christmas Countdown has six verses and six choruses. Each chorus proclaims the date and the number of days to go until Christmas. Each verse describes what is ‘hidden’ behind each door of the calendar. There are four ‘doors’ in each verse, making for a total of 24 items. (There’s lots of Maths at work here; ordinal numbers, counting up, counting down, summing to make 25 and more. What patterns can your students find?)

We’re performing the song as the interludes between other Christmas items (six verses does go on a bit…) but it’s the perfect song for involving lots of kids on stage. We’re making giant paintings to hold up showing each day but you could just as easily create a PowerPoint or act each ‘door’ out live. Puppets would be a good alternative too. Let your imaginative students ideas run wild on this!

There are four resources below. The PowerPoint is useful for IWBs but you can print out the lyrics  from the Word document. The piano score can be used for performing live or just to check how the words fit. (Some verse are a bit tricky matching the syllables to the notes.) The mp3 has all six verses with a small pause between each one.

Have fun and let us know how it all goes!

Christmas Countdown Lyrics

Chorus

Counting Down the Days, until Christmas; December 1st there’s 24 to go, oh, a ho-dee ho ho ho.
24 doors  to open on our Advent Calendar, Look in this one, What does it show?

Verse 1

24’s presents all tied up with string, 23’s children out carolling.
22’s stockings a brimming with toys, 21’s smiles on the girls and the boys.
There’s only 20 days to go!

Chorus

Counting Down the Days, until Christmas; December 5th there’s 20 now to go, oh,  a ho-dee ho ho ho.
20 doors to open on our Advent Calendar. Look in this one, What does it show?

Verse 2

20 is lollies, and candy cane sweets. 19 is cookies, and Christmas treats.
18’s a tree that’s been decked out in lights. 17’s the star, that’s bright in the night.
There’s only 16 days to go!

 Chorus

Counting Down the Days,  until Christmas; December 9th there’s 16 now to go, oh,  a ho-dee ho ho ho.
16 doors  to open on our Advent Calendar. Look in this one,  What does it show?

 Verse 3

16’s the holly green shiny with red. 15 is children now tucked up in bed.
14’s a donkey, the dust shows its tracks.  13 is Mary, a sleep on its back.
There’s only 12 days to go!

Chorus

Counting Down the Days,  until Christmas; December 13 Only 12 to go, oh,  a ho-dee ho ho ho.
12 more doors  to open on our Advent Calendar. Look in this one, What does it show?

 Verse 4

12 is the small town, of Bethlehem.  11’s the camels that carry wisemen.
10 is the church bell it’s ringing out loud. 9  is the street full, of Christmas crowds.
There’s only 8 days to go!

Chorus

Counting Down the Days, until Christmas: December 17th Just 8 to go, oh, a ho-dee ho ho ho.
8 more doors  to open on our Advent Calendar. Look in this one,  What does it show?

Verse 5

8 is the sun in Australian skies. 7  is the presents, we all need to buy.
6  is the stable, a manger and straw. 5  is a wreath on, a welcoming door.
There’s only 4 days to go!

Chorus

Counting Down the Days,  until Christmas; December 21st Just 4 to go, oh,  a ho-dee ho ho ho.
4 more doors  to open on our Advent Calendar. Look in this one,  What does it show?

Verse 6

4  is the shepherds, outside in the cold. 3  is the gifts Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold.
2  is the angels, they sing ‘Peace on Earth’. 1  is the ev’ning before Jesus’ birth.
And now there’s NO, more days to go!

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