Friday, March 2, 2018

Snowman Group Project for 2nd Grade

Snowman Rhythm Group Project

2nd graders have been working on composing 4 beat rhythm patterns. In this project they determine the best order of their rhythm patterns in a group and create a composition to be performed.
Each group member chooses an instrument to play and the performance is filmed.
I'm hoping this has been a fun learning experience!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kindergarten Kids Learn About My Favorite Composer...

During part of the past few music classes, the kindergarten kids have been watching and interacting with Little Einsteins Rocket's Firebird Rescue.
This features the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky (my favorite composer).
I love that Little Einsteins adventures teach about art and music and give the viewers lots of opportunities to move and interact.
I've been having the kids reflect on what they've learned, and the responses have been really great:

"We learned not to give up!"  "We learned that music can give us clues of who is coming or what is going to happen."   "We learned about crescendo and diminuendo."

Here are a couple photos of a class interacting with the video:
 Conducting diminuendos  
Doing a dance

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February Songs for Kindergarten Kids

Viva Valentine... a song with only 2 words and a spelling lesson as a bonus!
100th day songs
3 Baby Groundhogs
Who Is On A Dollar Bill?

February songs are a lot of fun!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Rhythm Unit Begins for all 3 Grade Levels

I am excited to be implementing a rhythm unit for 2nd grade with the use of 1:1 iPads.
I created this unit as a class project in Lifelong Learning-taught by Brooke Hauser and Kim Brown this past summer.
Pear Deck is the new technology tool I'm using to review rhythm concepts with 2nd graders and give them some practice identifying 4 beat rhythm patterns. Further review will use Kahoot...a fun "game-like" way of assessing students' knowledge.

We'll be using some non-technology games and composition practice, and wrap up with an exciting group project! (More on that to come!)

1st graders are having fun with Snowflake Rhythm interactive Smart Notebook that helps strengthen their knowledge of note and rest values, and also encourages them to think about the relationship between music rhythm and math!
1st graders will be working as rhythm composers creating 4-beat rhythm patterns with quarter notes and rests, beamed eighth note pairs, half notes and half rests.

Kindergarten kids are learning about beat in music and how it relates to our heart beats.
We have been working with Groovy Shapes on the Smart Board (an interactive software program that does a wonderful job of exploring music concepts in an age appropriate way).
Other teaching resources I'll be using are episodes of "The Music Show" from Music Express Magazine, and song videos from K8 Music- Plank Road Publishing.

K8 SongVideos
 Quarter Note
Give it a Rest

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Music That Helps To Tell A Story- 2nd Grade

Music That Helps To Tell A Story is one of my favorite units!
2nd graders started by adding instruments 
to the familiar story "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" to create a sound story.

Our next activity was to listen to the Book/CD of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokoviev.
Students were able to identify the instruments used to portray the character themes and connect 
this to the learning they did in our Instrument Family Unit.
Currently they are viewing "Peter and the Wolf" movie by Chuck Jones, which was an Emmy Award Winner. Again, students are making wonderful connections with things they've already learned!
I'll be using a Kahoot to check for understanding at the end of our Peter and The Wolf activities.

We will be doing more in depth discussions of the role music plays in films.
We'll also explore what kinds of clues music can give to help a story.
I'll be adding music from the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky to my reading of 
"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.
This book is familiar to many students, and they compare their prior experiences with this book with the experience of added music.
Finally, they will hear music from the same orchestral work in Fantasia 2000 and discuss how the same music helped to tell two very different stories.
I plan to use FlipGrid again for feedback from the students.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Music Opposites in First Grade!

 First Graders have been learning about music opposites, 
and using movements to show understanding. 
This has been a lot of fun, and most likely one of the easiest assessments that they'll experience!

They have especially enjoyed K8 Music Videos that illustrate opposites with engaging songs.

 Presto Largo

Major Minor

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Solfege for Kindergarten Kids

Kindergarten: Solfege, Boomwhackers and the "Sound of Music"

The Kindergarten Kids have been learning to sing with solfege, 
which are the Kodaly syllables and hand signs for singing. 
Activities have included selected clips from "The Sound of Music"; 
playing with Boomwhackers (pitched tube instruments);
The book "Tap The Magic Tree" and Apple Tree, a circle game with a sol-mi-do song;
and the interactive white board program "Maestro Maestro" (sol-mi-do singing while learning instrument families).

Kindergarten kids have been singing many "I Sing, You Sing" songs, as well as seasonal songs from 
K8 Music/Plank Road Publishing. There is always movement incorporated. We also explore the software "Groovy Shapes by Sibelius on our Smart Board, which introduces many music concepts in engaging ways.