Archive for March, 2014

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Under the Sea: Vocal Exploration

March 27, 2014

Spring Break is starting to wind down. Boo!  I’m feeling under the weather, recovering from an untimely bout with a stomach virus (not fun when both pregnant and away from home!)  I decided to do some sitting-on-my-butt work, namely organizing clip art and digital classroom materials.

As I am pining for some nice, warm beach weather, I thought a set of ocean inspired vocal pedagogy cards were in order. This clip art was just too cute to ignore. They would be a great intro or lead-in to such songs as Ickle Ockle or Sea Shell. My 2nd and 3rd graders are preparing to sing Vem Kan Segla (Who Can Sail?) for our Spring concert. I plan to utilize these warm ups for them next week.

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Please enjoy! You can find them free in my TpT store.

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Pintrest Goldmine

March 22, 2014

I am on Spring Break right now and getting ready for my baby shower later today. Busy, busy! (When do I get to relax??!?!) I have been scouring Pintrest for when I return to the classroom and found a few ideas that have got me excited. Check them out and let me know what you think. Have you done any of these in your program?

 

1) The Music Clock

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This is so cool! What a great way to practice note values. I definitely plan to do this with my kids along with Music Math. It can really work with any grade level, as they would simply use the rhythms that they know. This could also be an opportunity for those students who take lessons outside of school to utilize other rhythms that they have in their repertoire.

2) Writing/Composing Goals

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This is a chart for the writing process is LA, but I was thinking this might be adaptable for a long term, or multi-step composition project. Not all of the kids progress as quickly as others. You could have steps such as “Compose a 16 beat rhythm patter.”  “Add a melody in la pentatonic, beginning and ending on low la.”  “Check and revise! (Perform your song on the xylophone to see how it sounds and make any changes you would like.)”  etc.  It would be a way to keep each student on track, and it would keep you up tuned in to each student’s progress throughout the project.

 

3) Whisper Phones

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This is nothing new, but I really need to remember to go to Home Depot to buy the supplies. This is a great way for each student to hear themselves sing while working in a large group. This would be especially helpful for those kids who are in their singing voices, but sing above or below pitch in order to hear their voice amongst the crowd.

 

OK, the parental units are getting into gear for last minute baby shower preparations. I suppose I should help out 🙂 Happy Spring, all!

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St. Patrick’s Day Rhythm Identification

March 14, 2014

I mentioned before that I am not a big “holidays in the Music room” sort of person. I want the activities to add to my curriculum, not take time away from it. I found a cute way to sneak in a little St. Patty’s Day fun while staying on topic and not taking any extra time to introduce the holiday.

My Kindergarteners have recently learned ta (quarter note) and ta-ti (eighth notes.) They have been reading flash cards, writing/drawing the rhythms on dry erase boards*, and doing simple dictation with craft sticks.  They were ready to identify the pattern they heard performed from a selection of choices.

After perusing Pintrest and mulling over ideas, I had a brainstorm. Why not leprechaun gold? 

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For this activity, I performed one of the six patterns and asked the students to find it on the page. They were instructed as to which color crayon to use for each turn. This made it VERY easy to look around the circle and see who was correctly identifying the rhythms.

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For the first three turns I clapped and spoke the pattern using rhythm syllables. To amp up the rigor, the last three patterns were only clapped. Most of the kids found the patterns very quickly. When there were only two patterns left, I asked the students to articulate how they were different. (ie. “One pattern starts with ta and the other one starts with ta-ti.”)  Since I do not give report card grades to Kinder, I sent the completed worksheets home with instructions to read all of the rhythms to their families. (Five-year-olds think getting Music homework is the coolest thing EVER.) If I were to do this worksheet with the older classes, to whom I do give grades, I would likely do the same. I would simply look around the circle to quickly mark down the names of those who did not accurately identify all of the patterns, and how many were correct. I would only have had one or two children whom I would have needed to make a note about. 

Interested in this worksheet and versions including other rhythms?  Check them out on my TpT page. It’s a freebie!

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