Call & Answer Composing

Creating music in the classroom is an important part of music. Anyway students can independently work through creating music in different ways.  Iconic, standard, solfege, recording, are all fantastic ways to get students involved in the creating music. Second Graders started the year by creating call and answer musical ideas with solfege.   Students practiced …

Midweek Inspiration

Kindergarten practices their independent singing and playing their sol mi pattern with a simple greeting.  Students show the rest by tapping the air with their mallets.  Sol mi, Sol-mi pattern turns into "Hel-lo Al-ex."  Check out a video here.   This is a great check in for solo singing and students who are matching pitch.  The …

Song Writing for Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, we have spent most of the year working on quarter notes, quarter rests and the letters in the music alphabet.  We've played games and had simple songwriting activities that have practiced these concepts individually.  Towards the end of the year we begin to put all of these concepts together by composing simple songs.  …

Great Research on Steady Beat and Reading

This short article highlights findings on the connection between keeping a steady beat and learning to read.  This article focusing on the auditory work that both learning to read and learning to keep a beat need in order to build skills and fluency in these areas. Research on Steady Beat and Reading Connection Giving students …

Practice Reading Music

Kindergartners practice reading the music alphabet colors.  I use colors that coordinate with the boomwhackers.  I colored each of the bars so students who can not read letters have another strategy to use in playing the instruments. First Graders practice reading music with colors and music alphabet letters as much as possible.  I'm not worried …

First Grade Composes

First grade spends most of the fall being introduced and then working on the eighth note pair rhythm. They add this rhythm into activities with quarter notes and quarter rests.  Two composing activities that happen in the fall of first grade is a roll and clap activity where students roll cubes that have quarter notes, quarter …

Leaf Composing with Kindergarten

In the fall in Kindergarten, I begin the year with having students "read" music dot notation.  Just simple green, yellow, red dot patterns.  I have an anchor chart that shows the students that red=stomp, yellow=pat, green=clap.  We then spend the next few weeks just practicing different dot notation.  I usually stick with patterns of 4 …

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