The song ‘Phon Pi Mai' is the 13 th song composed by King Bhumibol (Rama IX). He wrote the song in December 1951 (2494 B.E.). The occasion was the King coming back to Bangkok to take up residence in Jitrlada Palace. King Bhumibol wanted a new way to greet the people and so he wrote the melody for ‘Phon Pi Mai' and asked Prince Jakhaphan Phensiri to compose the lyrics. Many of the King's songs are in the style of phleng Thai sakon, which means they use Westernised melodies and Western harmony but with Thai lyrics.
Have the students listen to ‘Phon Pi Mai'. Divide the class into three groups. The first group sings Soprano, the second sings Alto and the third sings Bass. Make sure students understand that the arrangement they are singing uses only 3rds, 6ths and unisons or octaves.
Divide the class into 3 groups with the third group consisting of only boys and then have each group listen, sight read and sing. If the students are good sight readers then this activity will be easy.