Wednesday, April 11, 2018

First Graders Experience Treble Clef Island

First Graders have been learning about the Treble Clef line and space note names
with the help of Freddie the Frog and Eli the Elephant!

The Freddie the Frog books by Sharon Burch 
are excellent teaching tools for the first grade treble clef staff unit!
The children learn about Treble Clef Island, 
which gives them a "place" to identify each line and space.
Visit Freddie the Frog's website for games and activities...

Catching Up: Carnival of the Animals with Kindergarten Kids

Before Spring Break Kindergarten Kids were experiencing Camille Saint-Saen's musical work,
"The Carnival of the Animals". This is a fun one to explore because of the themes for different animals and opportunities for movement.

Moving like Elephants

Responding to the "Pianist" section

video of "Kangaroos" hopping and pausing to look and listen

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Kindergarten Program April 19, 2018

The Kindergarten kids are very excited to share their music program "The Seasons of Kindergarten" on April 19, 2018, in the McFarland Primary School gym.
At 5:30, classes include Mrs.Heim's, Mrs. Dettlaff's, Mrs. Gray's, Mrs. Marking's and Ms. Doll's. (Please do not arrive before 5:15)
At 6:30, classes include Mrs. Cook's, Mrs. Mosso's, Mrs. Kuehl's, and Mrs. Paugel's. (Please do not arrive before 6:15)
This is an informal performance, called "The Seasons of Kindergarten",  giving families a taste of what we've done in music class! Each class will be standing on a colored riser group, and the children will sing all the songs standing on the risers.
You can plan your seating for the best view of your child's class!
5:30 group: 
Heim- Gray
Dettlaff- Red
Doll- Blue
Gray- Yellow
Marking- Green
6:30 group:
Cook -Red
Kuehl- Blue
Mosso- Yellow
Paugel- Green

Doors to the Primary School will open no earlier than 5:15 pm! 
Please drop your child off in the following rooms at MPS:
Marking, Gray (5:30) Paugel, Mosso (6:30) in the ART Room
Heim, Dettlaff, Doll (5:30) Kuehl, Cook (6:30) in the MUSIC Room
Please take your child's coat with you into the gym.

The "dress code" for the program is up to your discretion. I want the children to feel special, and in the past there have been many girls in dresses and boys in nice shirts/pants with the occasional suit and tie. Again, this is between you and your child!

Kathy Kellen, Music Teacher

Friday, March 23, 2018

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