4th and 5th grade students worked with Dizzy Gillespie's version of the song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", called "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac". We then talked about the importance of a "groove" in popular music. Students wrote simple ostinato rhythms, and then chose one to use in a group of three. The combination of the three simple, rhythmic ostinati creates a groove, over which we added the melody and vocal bassline of "Swing Low, Sweet Cadillac".
Below is a progression of recordings that leads up to a full performance. First is the melody of the song. The second recording is the vocal bassline, using solfege. The third recording is the combination of melody, and vocal bassline. The last recording includes both vocal parts and a percussion groove.