Tuesday, October 26, 2010

7th Grade Composer Vokis

7th Graders have been studying the music of famous composers.  They are able to identify 15 different songs and composers!  The projects below are a thumbnail sketch of some of the composers we have studied.  After researching their assigned composer, students created a digital presentation using an avatar that they created.



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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pass the Pumpkin


First and Second Graders experience a passing game with real pumpkins!  The awesome music that you are hearing is called "Scarin' Alive".

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Half-Note Happiness

This week second graders learned about the half note.  This new "hollow" note gets two counts.  After learning the name and practicing it with a Poison Rhythm Game, we used pipe cleaners to create them.  Second graders were so creative that they also figured out how to form the pipe cleaners into eighth notes and quarter notes too!





The Cheese Stands Alone-But we're ALL gonna sing!

One of our favorite singing games in Kindergarten is "Farmer in the Dell".  This week we made singing books.  These little books have the lyrics of the song in them.  After we put the books together and colored the illustrations, we sang them!  We had a grand time!  Students took their books home to sing/read them to their families.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Composers in First Grade

WOW!  I am so impressed with the composers in First Grade!  This week we worked on writing rhythms that use quarter notes, barred eighth notes and quarter rests.  These amazing composers created interesting patterns on paper using quarter notes and rests.  We also created patterns together on the SMARTBoard to review how to draw notes and rests.  The next day in class we used a delicious way to represent notes-Fruit Loops!

First we used our SMARTBoard to make "virtual" Fruit Loop patterns.  Using a composing grid with 16 boxes representing 16 beats we placed one or two Fruit Loops in each box.  If we heard one sound on the beat we knew that the cereal represented a "ta" note or quarter note.  If there were two sounds per beat that was a "titi" or barred eighth notes.  After experimenting with making their own patterns First Graders listened to a rhythm clapped by Mrs. King and then notated what they heard using the cereal.  WAY TO GO First Graders!  You are so smart!










Tennis Ball Note Value Demonstration by 6th and 7th Grades