Wednesday, October 4, 2017

African Music Unit for First Grade

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

Under "Kid" Struction This Year!



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!

2nd Graders Begin Exploration of Instrument Families


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

Congratulations to the 100% Classes!

Three classes made the 100% goal of Note Identification, and had a Music Reward Day as their prize.
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

Kahoot 

Answering Kahoot questions about 2nd grade Music
Lots of smile and laughter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Technology Plays A Big Role



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!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Seasons of Kindergarten program videos!

We are very fortunate to have the school district film our music programs!

5:30 program


6:30 program

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2nd Graders Increase Treble Clef Note Reading Skills


The 2nd grade classes are currently in a competition for the highest percentage after 2 rounds of Note Identification each music class. The class with the highest percentage when the competition ends in May will be rewarded with a Music Game Day!
To build upon their skills, I am also giving the students time at the end of each class to work with note reading apps on their iPads. These are engaging tools that can be used outside of class as well!