Here are the lyrics for I Knew You Could Double, our version of the Taylor Swift classic
Here is the final version of the song, featuring years 3, 4 and 6 from St Michaels C of E Junior school in Twerton, Bath. The band is the same group of year 12 musicians from Kings Oak, who had worked with Summerhill on the other songs on this site
Here is the rehearsal file for the song, exported from Sibelius.
The vocals are really fast all the way through. This is fine in verse 1, when the children are simply singing the times tables. But I got a bit ambitious in verse 2 and tried to get them to sing about doubling higher numbers (2 x 16 = 32). You’ll be able to hear yourself – this doesn’t really work. The children stumble over a lot of the words.
In hindsight I would either have spent some time working with the teachers to embed this into the relevant lessons on doubling, and using the opportunity to rehearse the song harder, or I would have just got the children to sing verse 1 twice.
Of course it’s your call how you choose to do this! If you try any other ideas please blog back and let us know about it.