Have you ever heard someone refer to a song and call it a call and response?

In music, the term call and response is a technique song writers use to create a song that kind of feels like a musical conversation. A “phrase” of music serves as the “call,” and is “answered” by a different phrase of music. Call-and-response is rooted in traditional African music and is used often in gospel music where the pastor or song leader will call or sing out a line and the congregation responds.

We asked our teaching artist, SteveSongs, why he likes to use call and response songs when he performs. This is what he said. "I love to use call and response songs when I perform because it’s a great way to teach the audience the lyrics to a song and is a fun way to connect with my audience."

SteveSongs has a number of call and response songs for kids. One is called Kindness, and the other is called Brush, Brush, Brush. (You can find the lyrics at the end of this post!!!) When he performs this song, he uses call and response to teach the chorus, and he always uses call and response in the bridge when he sings through the whole song.


Check out Steve's Brush, Brush, Brush elementary music teacher resources in our store. Music lesson plans for elementary teachers include online and in-class learning activities through applications like Nearpod, Kahoot, SeeSaw, and FlipGrid. We offer this elementary music curriculum free through DonorsChoose. Click here to learn more.

Here are the lyrics to two elementary music songs by SteveSongs that use call and response. We love them, and we think you will, too!


Kindness by SteveSongs 🎼

What’s the difference between sharing and keeping?
Kindness
What’s the difference between causing laughter or causing weeping?
Kindness
What’s the difference between making peace and making war?
Kindness
What makes this life one worth living for?
Kindness
Kindness is the difference for this house we’ve built.
Every brick of kindness laid, the easier this home, our heart, is to build.
What’s the difference between helping and hurting?
Kindness
And how can you say “benevolent humanity”?
By using simpler wording
Kindness
What’s so very easy but can always use lots of practice?
And what sends this heart spinning on its axis?
Kindness
Kindness is the difference for this life we live.
We work so hard and search so long for lots of things and sometimes a little kindness is always need.
Kindness is the difference for this house we’ve built.
Every brick of kindness laid, the easier this home, our heart, is to build.




Brush, Brush, Brush by SteveSongs 🎶

Wake up in the morning and I brush, brush, brush
Comb my hair and eat my mush
Blow a kiss and I’m on my way
I get to go to school today
And I know, know, know (audience repeats)
When I go, go, go (audience repeats)
That I (audience repeats) am going (audience repeats) to play (together)
And also learn about dinosaurs (audience repeats)
Numbers letters and more (audience repeats)
And I (audience repeats) am glad (audience repeats) to say (together)
That I get to go to school…


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