5th Grade - We are continuing ukuleles this week. We reviewed C, F & G chords. Students had some independent time to practice these chords. We learned the song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" from the Lion King. We learned a new chord, A minor.
4th Grade - Students tested for their next belt test.
3rd Grade - We learned the following poem:
Pass one window Tideo
Pass two windows Tideo
Pass three windows Tideo
Jingle at the window Tideo
Jinglin' jinglin, jinglin' Joe
Jingle at the window Tideo
We learned body percussion to this poem then learned it as a song. We added instrumental accompaniment to the song.
We also learned a dance to the song.
2nd Grade - We continue to work on our musical songs. We also learned a hand clapping game called "lemonade/crunchy ice"
1st Grade - We discussed emotions and colors to Dr Seuss' My Many Colored Days. Studetns moved to the music according to how it made them feel.
We learned the song and motions to "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain When She Comes"
We reviewed the rhythms of the different presidents.
We learned a hand clapping game called Miss Mary Mack.
5th Grade - We have started ukuleles! This week we learned that parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, basic strumming and chords C, F & G. We were able to play "You are My Sunshine" by the end of class.
4th Grade - We are continuing to work on our recorder songs. This week we learned High C and High D on the recorder. Students are testing for their next belt test.
3rd Grade - 3rd grade did drum circles this week! Drum circles help us with focus and expressing ourselves through rhythm We did the following drum activities -
Call and Response - The teacher plays a rhythm and the students play it back
Secret Pattern - Teacher plays a pattern that students are not allowed to play. If the students play the pattern when they aren't supposed to, they have to turn their drum over.
Let's All Play Our Drum because it's So Much fun - Students are only allowed to play on the words "drum" and "fun." The teacher speeds up the phrase to see if they are listening.
Pieces of 8- Students improvise rhythms on their drum when the teacher calls their number.
Rumble Ball - If the ball is in the air, students get to rub the drum head; if the leader rolls the ball on the floor, the cirlce can improvise on their drum; when the leader throws the ball in the air, the circle hits the drum once when the leader catches the ball.
2nd Grade - We are beginning work on our spring musical, "How Does Your Garden Grow." This week we listened to the whole show and began work on 2 of our songs.
1st Grade - We took a portion of a Dr Seuss book and added body percussion and instruments to it!
February 13th-March 3rd:
Ms. Neal, our student teacher from Asbury University taught lessons to the students to finish out her student teachg time with our students. We really enjoyed having her in the music classroom and all of the things she taught us!
This week, Mrs Harrod was at a conference, but students still participated in music activities with a substitute!
5th Grade: Composing - Students began a composition last week. Students used their papers to finish and perfect their composition. After students finished their composition, they played it for their partner who completed a peer assessment checklist. Rhythm Practice – Let them practice laying out and playing rhythms on the rhythm sticks with each other. Students worked in pairs. Each pair will get one set of rhythm sticks and one bag of rhythm cards.
4th Grade: Recorders Students worked on lines and spaces and completed a worksheet. They are supposed to draw notes on the spaces indicated and write the letter name of the notes on the second half of the page. The order of the notes will spell words. Belt Test – Once they have turned in their worksheet paper, they practiced on purple belt and waited to be called for their belt test. Classes will be tested for purple belt (Old McDonald Had a Farm) this week.
3rd Grade: 3 Beat Rhythm Patterns:
Last week, students learned how to group rhythms into 3 beats each.
Rhythm cards - T puts rhythms in groups of three beats on the board and has the students echo after saying the rhythm
After some practice, students find a partner. Each pair of students gets a bag of rhythm cards. They then made 3 beat rhythms for each other and speak the rhythm for each other. They could also make 3 beat rhythm patterns together and say them together. Slap It! – Cards are on the board for the line notes on the staff. The students are in teams. One member of each team gets a fly swatter. The T calls out a note name…when the teacher says go, the students have to slap the correct note on the board. The first person who slaps it and gets it right gets a point for their team.
Poem and Pitch – Students have been working with pitch and high/low sounds
STUDENTS READ THE FOLLOWING POEM:
I know a little kitty, (Hands on toes)
Her coat is silver gray (Hands on ankles)
She lives down in the meadow (Hands on knees)
Not very far away (Hands on thighs)
She’ll always be a kitty (Hands on waist)
She’ll never be a cat (Hands on shoulders)
For she’s a little kitty (Hands on head)
Now what do you think of that? (Reach into the air)
Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow, Meow Meow (Call out SCAT CAT!)
After reading the poem, have students did the motions.
The poem is color coded. Students received a boomwhacker. Students played boomwhackers to each line of the poem.
“Sounds on the Farm” – Class talked about the animals that students might see on the farm. Discuss the sounds that the animals make and help the class decide if each animal makes a loud or a soft sound. Then, students took turns choosing an animal from the options in the cards. The students will speak or sing the words again either loudly or softly, depending on the animal that was chosen. Students take turns until each student has chosen an animal from the cards.
1st Grade: Peter and the Wolf- We have already learned about Peter and the Wolf and watched the video so they have an idea of what this story is about. Review Story – Students read the story of Peter and the wolf to the students to remind them of the story. We reviewed the characters in the story. We Played the CD and let students determine which character goes with each instrument in the story. Coloring Books – Each student received a coloring book of the characters/instruments and they were able to color the pictures in the booklets Lone Wolf Game – Students sit in a circle and the teacher leads them in keeping a beat pattern on their bodies. They have to change this pattern a number of times.Once child will be chosen to be the wolf. They will go hide in the hallway. Once the wolf is hidden, the teacher then chooses a leader. The leader has to change their pattern while the class follows. The wolf comes to the center of the circle and gets 2 guesses to try and find who the leader is. They are not allowed to point to the leader or call out the leader’s name.
January 30th-February 3rd:
5th Grade - This week students began composing their own melody to the following poem:
Rain on the green grass
Rain on the tree
Rain on the rooftop
But not on me
Students had to write out the rhythm of the poem on staff paper. They then used a xylophone to write the notes on the staff above the rhythm.
4th Grade - Students used their purple belt song (Old MacDonald Had a Farm) to identify the line and space notes in the song. They then finished testing for green belt and began practicing for their purple belt test.
3rd Grade -
2nd Grade - 2nd grade listened to a story I told about my cat getting into my ingredients while I was baking a cake at home. We learned and sang the following song:
Naughty Naughty Cat
You are very fat
You have butter on your whiskers
Naughty Naughty Cat
We listed baking ingredients on the board and students had to use body percussion to create a 4 beat word pattern using ingredients from the board. (Example: sugar butter milk sugar)We then reviewed high and low. Students had to play the xylophone on the lyric "naughty naughty cat" at the end of the song. They then made their own xylophone to take home!
2nd Grade students making
1st Grade - We are learning how music tells a story! We watched Peter and the Wolf. We discussed the characters in the story and listened to the instrument that each character represents. We took a listening quiz to see how well we could match the sounds to the characters.
5th Grade - We are learning line and space notes on the staff. We played various games including students using candy to find a line or space!
We watched a really fun little video describing the line and space notes on the staff. Watch HERE!
4th Grade - We learned low note D on the recorder. Students practiced independently and tested for Green Belt which is "It's Raining, It's Pouring"
You can listen to the green belt HERE
3rd Grade - We looked at the following poem:
Late at night the snowflakes start to fall,
They each gently fall to the earth...
School is cancelled for the day the children run outside to play
They run and dance and skip and prance
There's snow upon the ground
Students broke into groups and had to take the 4 underlined words and replace them with other locomotor and non locomotor words then act them out when the poem was spoken.
ANGKLUNGS - we also played a melody on instruments called angklungs.
2nd Grade - We did some vocal exploration with Frosty's snowballs.
We learned that notes sit on lines and spaces and practiced this concept with a game and an assessment.
We listened to the Skater's Waltz and practiced moving in counts of 3 by "ice skating" around the classroom with paper plates on our feet!
1st Grade - We did some vocal exploration with Frosty's snowballs.
We read the book "Snowy Day" and used our imaginations to act it out.
We then listended to Vivaldi's "Winter" and students had to draw a picture of what the music made them think about.
We learned the following song:
Look at all the snowflakes
Twirling round, not a sound
Falling gently to the ground
Students had to take turns keeping the steady beat on a xylophone while the rest of the class sang.
5th Grade - We are taiko drumming this week! Students learned about the art of taiko drumming and the infusion of drumming techniques with martial arts. We then learned a couple of taiko drumming routines on large water bottles.
to watch a taiko drumming demonstration from Japan!
4th Grade - Students worked on recorder compositions this week. They had to write a melody to the lyrics:
Happy New Year, Happy New Year
I hope you have a Happy New Year
Students had to write their melody, play it on their recorder, and then perform if for a partner.
They also practiced for their green belt.
1st-3rd Grade - These grade levels participated in Chinese New Year Activities!
We first watched a video about Chinese New Year. You can watch that HERE
We performed dragon dances, played instruments to Chinese New Year poems, and read the Chinese folk talke Tiki Tiki Tembo and perfomed rhythms and improvised a melody.
5th Grade - We are learning to improvise to "Jingle Bells" on the barred instruments this week!
4th Grade - This week we reviewed E and students could test for Orange Belt and begin practice on their Green belt.
3rd Grade - We did holiday centers this week! Centers focused on holiday songs, carols, games and the Nutcracker.
2nd Grade - We watched and talked about sections of the Nutcracker this week.
1st Grade - We are learning the story of the "Nutcracker" this week. We are creating dances to a few of the songs such as:
"The Nutcracker March"
"Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy"