Teaching and Dancing the Circle Waltz Mixer If you are dancing regularly with your students then it is a short and easy step to have an evening community dance with students and parents. I recommend starting out by having a dance for, say, only the fourth graders and their parents and siblings. Have the fourth… Read more »
Background: Chinese New Year is also known as Asian New Year, Lunar New Year, and the Asian Spring Festival. January 28, 2017 begins the year of the Rooster in the Lunar Calendar. Families celebrate by hanging special banners, eating special foods, lighting firecrackers, and giving money away in special red envelopes. Aimee’s most recent O… Read more »
Queen Caroline This piece can be used off and on throughout the elementary school years. It has a “perfect rhythm.” Kindergarten and 1st Grade, beginning of the year: 4 Voices: Whisper Shout Talk Sing – Create a story about a king and queen. 1) All the people in the castle were whispering about the queen’s… Read more »
Are you struggling with leading your school-age musicians to sing in multiple parts? Georgia Newlin shares her techniques for guiding call and response form in this lesson from her new book, One Accord: Developing Part-Singing Skills in School-Age Musicians.
Never Sleep Late Anymore by BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams We trust you and your young students will enjoy this lesson taken from Purposeful Pathways: Possibilities for the Elementary Music Classroom, Book Three – by BethAnn Hepburn and Roger Sams. Designed to encourage active music making, this lesson includes pathways to rhythm, literacy, partwork, ensemble, and improvisation. A printable version can… Read more »
SLOs for Orff Inspired Teaching Student Learning Objectives: A Manageable “How To” Guide from the Trenches The process of crafting an SLO when kept logical and reasonable, can really be a positive force in your instruction and beneficial for your students. Don’t let the structure, all of the “official-ness” of the forms, and evaluation… Read more »
Playing With Improvisation 2, 4, 6, 8 – Recorder Version B Section 2, 4, 6, 8 – RECORDER Teaching Process: Sing song and ask students to label form. (abca) Sing the first 4-beat motive, the a motive. Students echo the a motive. Students sing the a motives and you sing the b & c motives…. Read more »
Good, Better, Best A Rhythm and Movement Lesson for Grades 4-6 Download a printable version of Michael Chandler’s lesson here. Objectives: Working with beat and divided beat through movement, body percussion, and instruments. Choreographing simple movement to elemental forms. Rhythmic and melodic improvisation and composition with elemental forms. Arranging and orchestrating a performance piece. Materials: Unpitched… Read more »
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: Class Composition Using So, La, and Mi Suggested Grade Level: Late First Grade, Early Second Grade Objectives: Students decipher eighth and quarter notes by ear Students compose and notate melody using So, La, and Mi Students play melody on Orff instruments from written notation Materials: … Read more »
In this lesson from Victoria Redfearn Cave, students will explore movement inspired by the action cards in UNO®. They will also create accompaniment with unpitched percussion instruments. Movement Exploration and Accompaniment is a fun and interactive exercise for your third and fourth grade students.