Friday, February 26, 2010

Does Music Matter?

I asked this question to choir members.  Here are some of my favorite responses.

Music matters because it helps us express our emotions. When I am upset I listen to music. Music makes life a lot better and can also help people remember things easier. Music DOES matter!!!
-April, Choir Vice-President

Music matters because it helps you get better grades and without music people are lost. That is why music matters.
-Kylie, Choir Member

Music DOES matter! If there were no music movies would be bland, school would be boring and church less fun.
-Kaylee, Choir Member

Music matters because last year I was getting Cs, Ds and Fs. This year I’m in band and choir and I’m getting As, Bs and Cs. This is why music matters. It has helped me get better grades!
-Beth, Band and Choir Member

Music matters because if we had absolutely no music this world would be boring! I like to listen to music when I mad, sad or depressed. It really helps get me out of that mood and makes me happy!
-Kayla, Choir Member

Music matters because it lets people express their feelings through singing or playing an instrument. People will always love to make music because it is special to them.
-Shawnee, Band and Choir Member

Music matters to me because without it life would be terrible! Just imagine a world without iPods or stereos. When you have a bad day imagine not having music to cheer you up. This is why music is important to me.
-Kaity, Band President and Choir Member

Music matters because it teaches us all our subjects in one class. It also matters because some of us want to be singers when we are older.
-CarolAnn, Band and Choir Member

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

My Paddle's Keen and Bright

Whew!  So many snow days have put our rehearsals a bit off schedule.  Today third graders worked hard to learn the accompaniment to "My Paddle.  Aw!  Come on!  You know this one!  Click HERE to listen to one of my favorite versions of this song.

In the pictures below you'll see third graders using xylophones, maracas and a small assortment of drums...including tub drums (aka rope handled clothes baskets!).






Friday, February 19, 2010

Instrument Football

Thanks to one of Mrs. King's music teacher friends, Karen, students in band are improving their playing skills by playing football!  Okay...not football like you are thinking, but Instrument Football.  Students have a list of songs that go from easy to challenging to difficult.  Each time students "make a play" their football player moves ahead ten yards.  Due to the many snow days we've had lately, the game is stuck in a perpetual time-out!  Here's where we are right now.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Musical Mneumonics

In January, 4th graders solidified their pitch reading skills by coming up with their own sayings for the lines of the treble clef staff.  Everyone knows "Every Good Boy Does Fine", but do you think that "Elvis' Guitar Brings Double Figures"?  Here is a bulletin board that we created with our new sayings.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Getting a Handle on Handel

Second graders learn about composers all year long.  After learning about George Frideric Handel, students created "graphic" organizers that told things that they had learned.  We posted all of these on a bulletin board titled Getting a Handle on Handel.  Look closely at the pictures of Handel and you'll see some of the facts that students wrote down.  Why the bright colors?  Handel was a creative guy and we wanted to show how creative we were by choosing unusual colors for our projects!


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

We LOVE Mallet Madness

Mallet Madness created by music educator genius, Artie Almeida is here!  Students in Kindergarten and first grade have started playing xylphones and other fun percussion instruments in music class.   Students have used the instruments to explore up/down, pitch/unpitched, and loud/soft.  We have used the instruments to create echo patterns, add music and sound effects to books and even to improvise our own songs!

 

 
 
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