2nd graders had a wonderful opportunity to hear from some very talented guest musicians this past rotation! Huge thanks go out to Dr. Andrew Briddell, Andrea Barnes, Debra Vaughan, Chris Landerud, Melissa Soto, Bill Fuller, Tom Niebauer, and Chris Matz for sharing their love of music with my students!
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Sound Story "Ananse and the Sticky Glue"
Obwisanna Song and Game
The end of the Lion Game
Experiencing African Musical Instruments
First graders really enjoyed the African Music Unit!
We talked about how children in Africa don't need expensive toys to have fun...and we don't either! :) Today a staff member told me that she saw a few first grade girls sitting in a circle yesterday at recess playing Obwisanna! That made my day, as it shows a connection outside of music class! :)
Sound stories are always fun, and the students loved experiencing/playing the African Musical Instruments.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Starting my 6th year here in McFarland it's
so exciting to see changes every day with our construction!
Even more exciting to reconnect with 1st and 2nd graders and meet new kindergarten kids!
In Music Classes:
2nd grade: Beginning the Instrument Families of the Orchestra Unit
1st grade: Beginning the African Music Unit
5K: Beginning the Nursery Rhyme Unit
Sometimes students will ask me what my favorite thing to teach is, and I have to say "all of it!"
I have fun with all of the units I've created around the core concepts.
It is my goal to teach the children musical skills and above all the love of music activities
to grow life long enjoyment of music!
In second grade music classes we are learning about the instrument families of the orchestra. This website presents the concept in an engaging and fun way.
Students are welcome to explore this at home, and can register for a free account.
By creating their own "secret name", password, and hint, students are able to experience all of this for themselves. This is an advantage because we take turns when we are learning as a class.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Different stations were set up in the room and students were able to choose their activities.
As you can see in the photos, everyone had a lot of fun! The best part for me was knowing they were still learning with each activity!
|King/Queen of the Mountain Rhythm game|
|Coloring music note pictures|
|Playing Silly Staff Note Literacy game|
|Instrument Family Dominoes|
|Music Note Twister Girls mat|
|Music Note Twister Boys mat|
|Coloring with friends|
|Playing some music games on their iPads|
|Deciding which activities they would do|
|Answering Kahoot questions about 2nd grade Music|
|Lots of smile and laughter|
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
I use technology to teach music concepts as much as possible. Pictured above, 2nd grade students are playing a Kahoot game that is actually giving them practice with note literacy!
In the game "Silly Staff" team "contestants" are competing to either notate the word on the card or read the notes and write the word. Meanwhile, their teammates are practicing along with them on their iPads using a treble clef staff in Notability, which keeps everyone engaged in learning while having fun!