Composition Portfolio for:

Dr. Glenda Bates

Children's Music Composer, Songwriter

Below are demo tracks, either all MIDI generated, live voices with MIDI generated instruments, or live voice with live ukulele or piano.  Scores provided for songs with string and woodwind orchestrations. All music and lyrics are by Glenda Bates except Seashell Song. 
Click here for more chamber music works.  

KinderBlues Promo Video

For online classes in 2020 in partnership with Mid Peninsula Music Academy, Redwood City, CA. 

Includes samples of the following original songs:

  • Hello, My Music Friends

  • The SOULfège Song

  • Goodbye, My Music Friends

Natalie the Manatee

 

Original song with fun science facts about manatees woven into the description of a lovable character, Natalie the Manatee!

I perform this song with ukulele accompaniment, but also have a version for voice and string trio (Violin, Viola, Cello).  Audio version 1 here is live voice with MIDI strings, and version 2 is live voice and ukulele. 

1.

Natalie the Manatee - Voice, Violin, Viola, & Cello

Natalie the Manatee Full Score

2.

Natalie the Manatee - Voice & Ukulele

Natalie the Manatee Lead Sheet

Feel the Flowers

 

Original song about stopping to smell the roses - literally, and metaphorically! 

I perform this song with ukulele accompaniment, but also have a version for voice and string trio (Violin, Viola, Cello).  The audio recording here is with live voice and MIDI strings. 

Feel the Flowers - Voice, Violin, Viola, & Cello

Feel the Flowers Full Score

Raindrops & Flowers

 

Original song about the joys of raindrops falling, and the flowers that follow!

I perform this song with ukulele accompaniment, but also have a version for voice, oboe, English horn, ukulele, and Electric bass.  This audio is MIDI generated. 

Raindrops - Voice, Oboe, English horn, Ukulele, Bass

Raindrops... Full Score

Haunted Halloween

 

Original spooky Halloween song meant to evoke the feeling of sneaking through a creepy haunted house on Halloween! BOO!

Haunted Halloween - Voices and Piano

Haunted Halloween Full Score

Vampire Pirate

 

Silly spooky Halloween song about a vampire who is also a pirate. Arrr, matey! 

 

Vampire Pirate! Vampire Pirate!

Only has one eye, but teeth are sharp! (Arrrrrrr!)

Vampire Pirate! Vampire Pirate!

Only sails the seas after dark (ooOOOOooo)

Vampire Pirate sails the seas for centuries 

Vampire Pirate sails the seas for centuries 

Vampire Pirate! Vampire Pirate!

Only sails the seas after dark (ooOOOOooo)

Vampire Pirate! Vampire Pirate!

Only has one eye, but teeth are sharp! (Arrrrrrr!)

Life Cycle Song

 

Popular fine motor skills and movement song in my KinderBlues classes. Students love to use scarves and props to grow their flowers, let them fall to the ground, and then dance in circles. 

Life Cycle- Voice & Ukulele

Life Cycle Song Lead Sheet

Peace Song (Golden Rule)

 

Great song for teaching and talking about kindness and respect

If I treat you

just the same way

that I want you 

to treat me too

we'll all be happy

and at peace

Peace Song - Voice & Ukulele

The SOULfège Song

 

Fun, interactive song for teaching solfège syllables (Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do) 

Do Re Mi

Mi Re Do

That's the way

the solfège goes

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do

SOULfège Song - Voice & Keyboard (piano)

Snow Falling

 

Snow Falling, Snow Falling

Falling from the sky down through the trees

Snow falling, snow falling

rising from the ground up to my knees

Make a snowman, build an igloo

playing in the snow is what we'll do

Go sledding, drink hot cocoa

Snow says are fun when I'm with you

Snow Falling - Voice & Keyboard (vibraphone)

Seashell Song

 

Lyrics from a traditional poem, music by me

Seashell, Seashell

Sing a song for me

Sing about the ocean

Tell me about the sea

Seashell, seashell

when I hold you near

I can hear the ocean

whispering in my ear

The Seashell Song - Voice & Ukulele