Mama Lama

  • This singing game is great as an ice breaker or brain break. Let your hair down and have some fun!
  • You might like to sing it as 'call and response' - the teacher or a selected student/s can sing each line first and the class can sing for the repeat.
  • students have the opportunity to improvise movements.
  • This song is great for reinforcing beat - but you will need to insist students don't get faster as they get into the song!
  • In this song, students will sing a descending octave interval followed immediately by an ascending octave interval - a helpful opportunity for a focus on in-tune singing of the octave!

This is a popular song in the aural tradition. There are many versions with different words and rhythms.

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Kodály Analysis:

Mama Lama Theme: Humour Games: Circle ; Clapping
Partner: Form: Strophic Song Type:
Scale: Pentachord CSP: F - G Age: Middle Primary - Lower Secondary
Tones: s low d finalis r m f s Rhythm: ; ; ;  
Melodic: d m ; r s ; s s low ; s low s ; s f m ; m f s ; m d ; d s ; s low d finalis
Prep: , r
Prac: , r


Origin: Unknown

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