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June 2018

Week 38—LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL, Special end of year activities

May 2018

Week 34

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Movement to recorder music and then partner questions with repeat with different partners. Walking to the Left circle activity by the Shenanigans. Moved to Sandy, Sandy Sand. Reviewed Animales and See the Bunny.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the song The Clock. Movement to recorder music and then partner questions with repeat with different partners. Walking to the Left circle activity by the Shenanigans. Moved to Sandy, Sandy Sand.

Week 35

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Activities included Fanga Alafia, 1-2 Buckle My Shoe, Ride the Ponies, Alabama Gal, and four shaker egg songs with Shaker eggs.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the song The Clock.  Activities included Fanga Alafia, 1-2 Buckle My Shoe, Ride the Ponies, Alabama Gal, and Hey Mr, Panda.

Week 36

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Activities included Favorite Lessons list, Capo Song, 10 Fingers, Rhythms All Around, Move and Move and Hey Mr. Panda.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the song The Clock.  Activities included Favorite Lessons list, Capo Song, 10 Fingers, When I Was One, Rhythms All Around, Move and Move and Hey Mr, Panda.

Week 37

ALL GRADES—NO SCHOOL

April 2018

Week 30

KINDERGARTEN—Opening Warm-ups and Starlight on So and Mi. Open House review.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA to The Clock. Open House review.

Week 31

KINDERGARTEN—PARENT OPEN HOUSE

FIRST GRADE—PARENT OPEN HOUSE

Week 32

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Wee SIng Sillyville Part 2, Interactive music game Percussion Penguins by Artie Almeida: Students identify the difference between various non-pitched percussion timbres.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the song The Clock.  Interactive Listening Map to American Salute by Morton Gould, The Wind Blew East, a Bohemian Folk Song. Ended with Interactive music game Percussion Penguins by Artie Almeida: Students identify the difference between various non-pitched percussion timbres.

Week 33

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. We sang Hello There, Pat, Pat Patty, and This Old Man. Movement to I Have a Little Scarf with scarves. Parachute and soft ball group activity to Ocean Music.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the song The Clock.  Sang When I was One and Black Joke (Pirate tunes). Say you name movement activity and read the book Please Mr. Panda.

March 2018

Week 26

KINDERGARTEN—Opening Warm-ups and Starlight on So and Mi. We reviewed our music concept Music can be High and Low.  We sang the Bumblebee Song HIGH/LOW. New concept MUSIC CAN HAVE A STEADY BEAT using Fanga Alafia and they learned  the Spanish song, Animales.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA to The Clock. (Africa Week 2) Review all sentences focusing on Africa is a Continent. Oh Africa! We recited the numbers 1-10 in Swahili with Ella Jenkins.  We sang the Swahili song Pole Pole and add Dima, Dima and Che Che Coolay with African movement. We watched two short videos; one about a young girl named Brenda in Uganda called This is My Village and the Beauty of Africa with native animals.

Week 27

KINDERGARTEN—Opening Warm-ups and Starlight on So and Mi. We reviewed the Spanish song, Animales. Students learned the song for the book The Doorbell Rang and the we incorporated the song into the reading of the story with accompaniment on xylophone.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA to The Clock. (Africa Week 3) Review all sentences focusing on Africa is a Continent. Oh Africa! We recited the numbers 1-10 in Swahili with Ella Jenkins.  We sang the Swahili song Pole Pole and add Dima, Dima with shaker eggs and Che Che Coolay with African movement.

Week 28

KINDERGARTEN—Opening Warm-ups and Starlight on So and Mi. We moved to Mrs. Evans recorder music as the students paored up at the end of the song and shared the answer to a personal question like "My favorite color." We moved to Funga Alafia, Animales and were introduced to Sleeping Bunnies. Final core concept Music has TAs TI-TIs and Rests.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA to The Clock. (Africa Week 4) Review all sentences focusing on Africa is a Continent. Oh Africa! viewed sentences and AFRICA IS A CONTINENT. Experienced Mrs. Evans' African instruments.  We sang Dima, Dima, recited 1-10 in Swahili, the Africa is a continent chant, Pole Pole and Kokoleoko. Performed African dance Che Che Koolay. Videos included How a Djembe is Made, Children of Africa and Africa Calling (animals).

Week 29

KINDERGARTEN—Opening Warm-ups and Starlight on So and Mi. We reviewed core sentences and sang: The School Song, What Are You Wearing?, and My Poor Hand. We moved to Listen and Move and the Irish Dance, Rakes of Mallow.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA to The Clock. Performed African dance Che Che Koolay.  We learned our next sentence Music has TAs TI-TIs and Rests. This is RHYTHM. We used a hand clapping activity to reinforce concept called Miss Mary Mack

February 2018

Week 22

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Sang and moved to My Thumbs, One Finger, Old Gray Cat, Put Your finger int he Air, Gogo, and Riding Our Ponies. Student were introduced to their next music concept Music can be High and Low.  Students used their voices to imitate the pitches and their bodies to demonstrate high and low (hands up for high and in their lap for low). Through the use of a high/low picture chart and much discussion students discovered that a man’s voice is low and a woman’s voice is high and that a piano is both high and low.  Mrs. Evans used her pop up puppet, a balloon and bells to demonstrate high and low pitch. 

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the songs Look at Me and The Clock.  Mrs. Evans introduced the new concept Music has shape and contour. We discussed and moved our voices to the pictures in the contour chart. We learned a sea shanty called Hear Ye and traced the CONTOUR of the song’s verses.

Week 23

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Students reviewed the music concept Music can be High and Low.  Students used their voices to imitate the pitches and their bodies to demonstrate high and low (hands up for high and in their lap for low). Through the use of a high/low picture chart and much discussion students discovered that a man’s voice is low and a woman’s voice is high and that a piano is both high and low.  Mrs. Evans used her pop up puppet, a balloon and bells to demonstrate high and low pitch.  We sang a classic song “I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee” with high and low voiced stings and a buzzing vocalization at the end. Students caught their own bees and kept them safe in their “cave-like” hands complete with a peephole as they performed the song. 

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the songs Look at Me and The Clock.  Mrs. Evans reviewed the new concept Music has shape and contour. Students played a Pirate treasure game called Pirate Captain on the Sea accompanied on the xylophone and where every student had a turn guessing the treasure.

Week 24

ALL CLASSES—NO SCHOOL

Week 25

KINDERGARTEN—Opening Warm-ups and Starlight on So and Mi. Re reviewed high and low. We sang the song “I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee. Finally we watched an Interactive Listening Map Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov, and then Faeries and Giants by Elgar .  Then the boys did strong movements with a long tube as the giants and girls used scarves and danced like fairies to the music.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups. (Africa Week 1) Review all sentences and introduce new concept sentence, Africa is a Continent. Oh Africa! Show and tell where the continent of Africa is on a map. Recite the numbers 1-10 in Swahili with Ella Jenkins and African Country Chant.  First week of videos on the Beauty of Africa.

January 2018

Week 18

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. We sang the school song, Betty Martin, Thunder and Rain, listened to Slavonic Dance, sang Grizzly Bear, moved to Turtles, Fleet-footed Animals, and Squirrels and Bears.  We ended with 2 movement pieces, Freeze and Move It.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the songs Look at Me and The Clock. Introduced lesson focus sentence: Music can be “p”, “f” or < (soft, loud, or getting louder).  We sang I’m a Little Teapot in all three DYNAMICS and then learned the American folk song When Johnny Comes Marching Home. We ACTIVELY LISTENED to American Salute by Morton Gould that uses the theme of When Johnny Comes Marching…in the piece.  The students listened to the song and identified the number of times the song was played by making a tally using Popsicle sticks.  We discovered Morton Gould used it eight times in American Salute.  Each time was a different variation.

Week 19

ALL CLASSES—NO SCHOOL

Week 20

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Students were introduced to their next music concept Music can be High and Low.  Students used their voices to imitate the pitches and their bodies to demonstrate high and low (hands up for high and in their lap for low). Through the use of a high/low picture chart and much discussion students discovered that a man’s voice is low and a woman’s voice is high and that a piano is both high and low.  Mrs. Evans used her pop up puppet, a balloon and bells to demonstrate high and low pitch.  We sang a classic song “I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee” with high and low voiced stings and a buzzing vocalization at the end. Students caught their own bees and kept them safe in their “cave-like” hands complete with a peephole as they performed the song.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA song called The Clock. We sang The Fishing Song, Poor Hand is Shaking.  We reviewed American Salute and When Johnny Comes Marching Home. Review concept sentences and introduce Music Can Be Fast or Slow.  This is TEMPO. We learn The Mulberry Bush. Then we sing it using either fast or slow TEMPOS on each verse.  We ACTIVELY LISTEN to Igor Stravinsky’s Russian Dance and identify the FORM as Fast, Slow, Fast. We perform Form the Corn.

Week 21

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Movement activities including Aerobics A-Z and bean bag activities Bean Bag Boogie and Bean Bag Toss.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA song called The Clock. Introduced new concept sentence: Music can be short or long. Staccato, Legato, Legato. We did a scarf movement piece to the Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson.  We studied FORM (ABACA), articulation words STACCATO and LEGATO as well as the TRIANGLE and CODA.

December 2017

Week 15

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and reviewed all music concepts. We sang Hello, Hello, Rhythms All Around1-2 Buckle My Shoe and Ten Little Fingers.  We did a rhythm stick activity called Tap Your Sticks.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts.  We learned a Spanish song Animales, performed a rhythm stick piece Tap Your Sticks, moved to Sleep Bunny and Hunt the Cows.

Week 16

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and reviewed all music concepts. We sang Rhythms All Around and we learned about the specific sounds that shaker eggs make.  We sang with our eggs to Shake, Shake, Now My Shaker’s Up, Silly Sam and Up So High.  We concluded with a animal passing activity called Alabama Gal.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts.  We sang Star Light on solfege. We reviewed our music concept Music can be High and Low.  We sang the Bumblebee Song HIGH/LOW.  Mrs. Evans introduced new concepts MUSIC CAN HAVE A STEADY BEAT and MUSIC HAS TAs, TI-TIs and RESTS using Animales, a SPANISH SONG, Fanga, for BEAT and Sleeping Bunny for RHYTHM. If there was extra time we sang Down By the Bay.

Week 17

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and reviewed all music concepts. We sang Hello, Hello, Rhythms All Around.  We moved to Leroy Anderson's Sleighride. We ended our time doing a paper plate skate to the Skater’s Waltz, an old classic.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Mrs. Evans reviewed new concepts MUSIC CAN HAVE A STEADY BEAT and MUSIC HAS TAs, TI-TIs and RESTS using Animales, a SPANISH SONG, Fanga, for BEAT and Sleeping Bunny for RHYTHM. We ended our time doing a paper plate skate to the Skater’s Waltz, an old classic.

November 2017

Week 12

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups, review all music concepts. Then the class played the large circle activity Here Sits the Monkey in the Chair where every child gets to give a monkey away. If there was extra time we sang Form the Corn and Standing Like a Tree.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. Students were introduced to their next music concept Music can be High and Low.  Students used their voices to imitate the pitches and their bodies to demonstrate high and low (hands up for high and in their lap for low). Through the use of a high/low picture chart and much discussion students discovered that a man’s voice is low and a woman’s voice is high and that a piano is both high and low.  Mrs. Evans used her pop up puppet, a balloon and bells to demonstrate high and low pitch.  We sang a classic song “I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee” with high and low voiced stings and a buzzing vocalization at the end. Students caught their own bees and kept them safe in their “cave-like” hands complete with a peephole as they performed the song.

Week 13

KINDERGARTEN and FIRST GRADEOpening warm-ups. We reflected on Thanksgiving and being thankful!  Students ACTIVELY LISTENED to a piece called December Snow, first identifying what people or place the music was related to (Native American Indians) and then identifying PITCH that stays the same in the piece.  They traced the MELODY with their fingers.  Some classes if technology was available saw the interactive listening map with the snowflake moving to the MELODIC map as well as the Native American pipe player.  Using the yarn ball each child shared one or two things he/she was thankful for and we incorporated some of the answers into the song, Giving Thanks.  Next we sang the tune Five Fat Turkeys with motions including the mad cook who couldn’t seem to find the turkeys! We concluded on the floor in a circle activity focusing on STEADY BEAT and passing pumpkins to friends.  Mrs. Evans shared what was in one of the special pumpkins.

Week 14

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. We sang the School Song, Say Hello, Can't Sit Still, Body Rock, Animal Action (movement) and watch the first 12 minutes of Sillyville.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and review all music concepts. We sang the School Song, Say Hello, Can't Sit Still, Body Rock, Animal Action (movement) and watch the first 12 minutes of Sillyville.

October 2017

Week 7

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups, review all music concepts. Then we watched a creative iPad app present Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns featuring, Royal March of the Lions, Roosters, Turtles, Wild Horses, Elephants and the Aquarium. We sang Hello, Hello and Riding our Ponies.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups, review all music concepts. Then we watched a creative iPad app present Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns featuring, Royal March of the Lions, Roosters, Turtles, Wild Horses, Elephants and the Aquarium. We sang Hello, Hello and Riding our Ponies.

Week 8

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups and Teddy Bear and Starlight sung to SO MI pitches.  Introduce the new concept sentence Music can be FAST or SLOW along with the fast/slow picture chart.  Discuss the difference between squirrels and bears in the wintertime.  Introduce the fast/slow songs Did You Ever See a Squirrel? and Did you Ever See a Bear?,  We sang Form the Corn, and What Are You Wearing?.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and Teddy Bear and Starlight sung to SO MI pitches.  Introduce the new concept sentence Music can be FAST or SLOW along with the fast/slow picture chart.  Discuss the difference between squirrels and bears in the wintertime.  Introduce the fast/slow songs Did You Ever See a Squirrel? and Did you Ever See a Bear?,  We sang Form the Corn, and What Are You Wearing?.

Week 9

KINDERGARTENOpening warm-ups and Teddy Bear and Starlight sung to SO MI pitches.  Review new sentence Music can be FAST or SLOW along with the fast/slow picture chart.  Sing Squirrels and Bears.  Read the book The Tortoise and the Hare and discuss the story.  Move to Fast and Slow compilation (where the TEMPO changes often).  Sing Form the Corn and ACTIVELY LISTEN to Turtles and Fleet-Footed Animals from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and Teddy Bear and Starlight sung to SO MI pitches.  Review new sentence Music can be FAST or SLOW along with the fast/slow picture chart.  Sing Squirrels and Bears.  Read the book The Tortoise and the Hare and discuss the story.  Move to Fast and Slow compilation (where the TEMPO changes often).  Sing Form the Corn and ACTIVELY LISTEN to Turtles and Fleet-Footed Animals from Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Week 10

KINDERGARTENOpening warm-ups and Starlight sung to SO MI pitches and reviewed all music concepts. We moved to Turtles while standing, and played our pianos on Wild Horses. We sang If Your Happy and You Know It, Eency Weency Spider with plastic spider rings, 1-2 Buckle My Shoe and Ten Little Fingers.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups and Starlight sung to SO MI pitches and reviewed all music concepts. We moved to Turtles while standing, and played our pianos on Wild Horses. We sang If Your Happy and You Know It, Eency Weency Spider with plastic spider rings, 1-2 Buckle My Shoe and Ten Little Fingers.

Week 11

KINDERGARTEN—Saw Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!  Students experienced Mrs. Evans’ “magic pumpkin”, learned a speech piece, Pumpkin Patch, and then we labeled different lines with different DYNAMICS that they learned including the addition of “p means soft”.  The lesson continued with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns). Next Mrs. Evans read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin that highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others.  We closed with a circle activity where we passed pumpkins to the steady beat to Steady Pass the Pumpkin.  Mrs. Evans showed the students her special pumpkin with characters inside.

FIRST GRADE—Saw Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!  Students experienced Mrs. Evans’ “magic pumpkin”, learned a speech piece, Pumpkin Patch, and then we labeled different lines with different DYNAMICS that they learned including the addition of “p means soft”.  The lesson continued with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns). Next Mrs. Evans read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin that highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others.  We closed with a circle activity where we passed pumpkins to the steady beat to Steady Pass the Pumpkin.  Mrs. Evans showed the students her special pumpkin with characters inside.

August-September 2017

Week 1-No School

Week 2

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups as listed above, learn part 1 of a school song (see home page), Welcome Song, Pete the Cat book, I’m Rocking in my School Shoes, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, What are You Wearing? and What’s Your Name? yarn ball toss.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups as listed above, review the school song (see home page), Welcome Song, Pete the Cat book, I Love My White Shoes, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, What are You Wearing? and What’s Your Name? yarn ball toss.

Week 3-No School

Week 4

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups learn part 2 of a school song (see home page) and moved to Who Wants to Dance? We are working on our hand positions for SOL and MI solfege. Introduced the first music concept sentence based on opposites: Music Can Be Loud or Soft. Discussed a loud/soft chart of pictures, learned a loud/soft song called Hey Betty Martin and changed our hand positions with the words of the song. Added different animals as we sang the song.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups learn part 2 of a school song (see home page) and moved to Who Wants to Dance? We are working on our hand positions for SOL and MI solfege. Introduced the first music concept sentence based on opposites: Music Can Be Loud or Soft. Discussed a loud/soft chart of pictures, learned a loud/soft song called Hey Betty Martin and changed our hand positions with the words of the song. Added different animals as we sang the song.

Week 5

KINDERGARTEN—Opening warm-ups Opening warm-ups, reviewed the first music concept sentence based on opposites: Music Can Be Loud or Soft. Reviewed the loud/soft chart of pictures, the loud/soft song called Hey Betty Martin. Students were introduced to the loud/soft song Hear the Thunder and Hear the Rain Drops and reinforced the words with movements.  They ACTIVELY LISTENED to Slavonic Dance by Antonín Dvořák identifying with their hands when the music was loud or soft. Then we did some movement to Shake Your Sillies and Hooked on Swing.

FIRST GRADE—Opening warm-ups Opening warm-ups, reviewed the first music concept sentence based on opposites: Music Can Be Loud or Soft. Reviewed the loud/soft chart of pictures, the loud/soft song called Hey Betty Martin. Students were introduced to the loud/soft song Hear the Thunder and Hear the Rain Drops and reinforced the words with movements.  They ACTIVELY LISTENED to Slavonic Dance by Antonín Dvořák identifying with their hands when the music was loud or soft. Then we did some movement to Shake Your Sillies and Hooked on Swing.

5-29-2017—NO SCHOOL due to HOLIDAY

5-22-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to favorite songs class selected.

5-15-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to favorite songs class selected.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Parent Open House.

5-8-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Ten Fingers and Body Parts. Bean Bag activity to Bean Bag Disappear and Bean Bag Toss.  Ended with Listen and Move.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed first grade content for Parent Open House.

5-1-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to What Are You Wearing?, Apples and Bananas, Aerobics A-Z, Sleeping Bunnies and Hunt the Cows.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Continue partner clapping activity to Miss Mary Mack and and the folk song Oh Sinner Man and the Carribean Amphibian.

4-24-2017

FIRST GRADE at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to favorite songs class selected

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Gogo, Bumblebee, Biddy, Biddy, Standing Like Tree, Hunt the Cows and Sleeping Bunnies.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Continue partner clapping activity to Miss Mary Mack, Happy and You Know It, and the folk song Oh Sinner Man.

4-17-2017
TK/KINDERGARTEN at MH—Opening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Eency Weency Spider with spider rings, Shake Your Sillies, Body Rock, Riding Ponies and Polka Dots Pants Dance.
FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Eency Weency Spider with spider rings, Shake Your Sillies, Body Rock, and Miss Mary Mack  hand clapping partner activity.
4-10-2017
TK/KINDERGARTEN at MH——Opening warm-ups. We sang the School Song, Welcome to Music and read and sang to the book Tall, Tall Grass.  We watched the Polka Dots Pants Dance on video along with Interactive Listening Maps Walking Song by Thomson.
FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening warm-ups. Reviewed sentences. We sang the School Song, Say Hello and reviewed the book Polka Dot Pants Dance. We worked on RHYTHMS with Miss Mary Mack with partners and reviewed the Polka Dot Pants dance.

4-3-2017SPRING BREAK

3-27-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups. We sang the Welcome Song, Say Hello, reviewed the Polka Dot Pants story and learned the Polka Dot Pants Dance.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening warm-ups. Reviewed sentences. We sang the School Song, Welcome Song, worked on RHYTHMS with Miss Mary Mack with partners and read Polka Dot Pants Book.

3-20-2-17

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Hello There, Patty Pat, and This Old Man. Used stuffed animals and rocked to Kenny Loggins, Pretty Ponies and concluded with the book Polka Dot Pants.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed sentences including MUSIC HAS SHAPE OR CONTOUR using a contour chart and Hear Ye pirate song. We played the Pirate Captain circle guessing game.

3-13-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Fanga, 1-2 Buckle My Shoe, and 10 Fingers. We learned how to use rhythm sticks and did a stick activity to Tap Your Sticks.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed sentences. We played the Pirate Captain circle guessing game.

3-6-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Say Hello, Can’t Sit Still, Animal Action, Rhythms All Around, No Pie and Aerobics A-Z.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed sentences and AFRICA IS A CONTINENT-Part 4. We sang Dima, Dima, recited 1-10 in Swahili, the Africa is a continent chant, Pole Pole, O Bwe Se, Wonto Djom, Che Che Coolay, and Kokoleoko.

2-27-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Say Hello, Can’t Sit Still, Animal Action, Rhythms All Around, No Pie and Aerobics A-Z.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed sentences and AFRICA IS A CONTINENT-Part 4. We sang Dima, Dima, recited 1-10 in Swahili, the Africa is a continent chant, Pole Pole, O Bwe Se, Wonto Djom, Che Che Coolay, and Kokoleoko.

2-20-2017—NO SCHOOL

2-13-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and school song. Moved to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Beanbag activities including Bean Bag Boogie and Freeze.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed sentences and AFRICA IS A CONTINENT-Part 3. Experienced Mrs. Evans African instruments.  We sang Dima, Dima, recited 1-10 in Swahili, the Africa is a continent chant, Pole Pole and Kokoleoko.

2-6-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening warm-ups and interactive listening map for The Car Song by Guthrie. Learned and performed the song to The Door Bell Rang by Pat Hutchins while we read the book. Ended with Peanut Butter and Jelly and Hi My Name is Joe.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed sentences and AFRICA IS A CONTINENT. Watched two videos, Pole Pole by Ella Jenkins and It Never Rains in Africa video.  We sang Dima, Dima, recited 1-10 in Swahili, the Africa is a continent chant, and Kokoleoko.

1-30-2017

TK/KINDERGARTEN at MHOpening Warm-ups and movement to 1-2 Buckle My Shoe and I Have Ten Little Fingers; read Click Clack Moo story book, and played group yarn ball toss to Galopede.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups. Reviewed Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. New sentence introduced: AFRICA IS A CONTINENT. Watched two introductory videos, Welcome to My Village on Uganda and The Beauty of Africa.  We sang Dima, Dima, recited 1-10 in Swahili, and the Africa is a continent chant.

1-23-2017

TK/K at MH—Opening warm-ups. We sang and moved to STEADY BEAT in Hello, Hello, Look at Your Neighbor.  We moved to TEMPOS: fast, moderate and slow using temple blocks.  We made movements and shapes with a scarf to the song I Have a Little Scarf.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups. Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia with specific parts of our body like hips, shoulders, knees and feet. We moved to Here We Go Riding our Ponies. Review concept sentences and introduce Music Can Be Fast or Slow.  This is TEMPO. We learn The Mulberry Bush. Then we sing it using either fast or slow TEMPOS on each verse.  We ACTIVELY LISTEN to Igor Stravinsky’s Russian Dance and identify the FORM as Fast, Slow, Fast. We perform Form the Corn. Extra time devoted to Miss Mary Mack partner clapping activity.

1-16-2017NO SCHOOL

1-9-2017

TK/K at MH—Opening warm-ups. We sang and did movement to the School Song, Can’t Sit Still, Funny Faces, Action Leader, and the Hokey Pokey.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening warm-ups. Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA song called The Clock. Miss Mary Mack partner clapping activity and Gilly, Gilly Good Morning. Introduce new concept sentence: Music can be short or long. Staccato, Legato, Legato. We did a scarf movement piece to the Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson.  We studied FORM (ABACA), articulation words STACCATO and LEGATO as well as the TRIANGLE and CODA.

1-2-2017—NO SCHOOL

12-26-2016—NO SCHOOL

12-19-2016

TK/K at MH—Opening warm-ups. We sang and did movement to Hello, Hello, Rhythms All Around, One Day I Went a Fishin’, 10 Fingers. We reviewed shaker eggs and performed to Shake, Shake, Now my Shaker’s Up, Silly Sam the Snake, and Up So High. Then we did paper plate skating to The Skater’s Waltz.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening warm-ups. We sang and did movement to Hello, Hello, Rhythms All Around, One Day I Went a Fishin’, 10 Fingers. We reviewed shaker eggs and performed to Shake, Shake, Now my Shaker’s Up, Silly Sam the Snake, and Up So High. Then we did paper plate skating to The Skater’s Waltz. We also did a circle activity that involved passing bells and other holiday objects to the partner next to us as we ACTIVELY LISTENED to Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson.

12-12-2016

TK/K at MH—Opening warm-ups. We focused on steady beat with Fanga Alafia. We learned about the famous Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.  We viewed interactive listening maps (ILM) to Dance of the Toy Flutes, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and Waltz of the Flowers which all focused on INSTRUMENT IDENTIFICATION, TIMBRE, BEAT, FORM and TEMPO.  We read the book, Pete the Cat and His Magical Sunglasses. We also experienced STEADY BEAT and RHYTHMIC PATTERNS with the video song Sweet Beets.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening warm-ups. Opening warm-ups. We focused on steady beat with Fanga Alafia. We learned about the famous Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.  We viewed interactive listening maps (ILM) to Dance of the Toy Flutes, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies, and Waltz of the Flowers which all focused on INSTRUMENT IDENTIFICATION, TIMBRE, BEAT, FORM and TEMPO.  We read the book, Pete the Cat and His Magical Sunglasses. We also experienced STEADY BEAT and RHYTHMIC PATTERNS with the video song Sweet Beets.

12-5-2016

TK/K at MH—Opening warm-ups. We learned about the composer Camille Saint-Saëns.  We were introduced to all of the songs in his famous work Carnival of the Animals. We listened to and colored the corresponding pictures for the pieces Introduction, Royal March of the Lion, Hens and Roosters, Wild Horses, Tortoises, The Elephant, Kangaroos, Aquarium, Donkeys, The Cuckoo in the Woods, Aviary, The Swan and the Finale.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening warm-ups. We learned about the composer Camille Saint-Saëns.  We were introduced to all of the songs in his famous work Carnival of the Animals. We listened to and colored the corresponding pictures for the pieces Introduction, Royal March of the Lion, Hens and Roosters, Wild Horses, Tortoises, The Elephant, Kangaroos, Aquarium, Donkeys, The Cuckoo in the Woods, Aviary, The Swan and the Finale.

11-28-2016

TK/K at MH—We learned the movement piece Standing Like a Tree and the pirate song, When I was One.  Then the class played the large circle activity Here Sits the Monkey in the Chair where every child get to give a monkey away.

FIRST GRADE at MH— We learned the movement piece Standing Like a Tree and the pirate song, When I was One.  We practiced in partners our clapping combination to Miss Mary Mack. Then the class played the large circle activity Here Sits the Monkey in the Chair where every child get to give a monkey away.

11-21-2016—Off for VACATION

11-14-2016

TK/K at MH—It’s almost Thanksgiving Week! After warm-ups we opened with 5 Fat Turkeys, I Like Turkey Time (using internalized gestures), There are Many Things I am Thankful For and Ina Maka a Native American Indian song.  We watched a video clip of some Native American Indians with instruments.  We also saw the CONTOUR via an Interactive Listening Map of December Snow, a traditional piece played on a native flute. We then did a circle dance to some authentic Indian drumming music and added a beaded gourd and a few shakers as we sang Ina Maka.

FIRST GRADE at MH—It’s almost Thanksgiving Week! After warm-ups we opened with 5 Fat Turkeys, I Like Turkey Time (using internalized gestures), There are Many Things I am Thankful For and Ina Maka a Native American Indian song.  We watched a video clip of some Native American Indians with instruments.  We also saw the CONTOUR via an Interactive Listening Map of December Snow, a traditional piece played on a Native American flute. We then did a circle dance to some authentic Indian drumming music and added a beaded gourd and a few shakers as we sang Ina Maka.

11-7-2016

TK/K at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  We sang and  moved to Ten Fish in the Sea, Sail (Jellyfish and Spinner Dolphins).  The lesson continued with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns). Next Mrs. Evans read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin that highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening Warm-ups.  We sang and moved to Ten Fish in the Sea, and Sail (Jellyfish and Spinner Dolphins).  The lesson continued with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns). Next Mrs. Evans read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin that highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others.

11-7-2016

TK/K at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  We sang and  moved to Ten Fish in the Sea, Sail (Jellyfish and Spinner Dolphins).  The lesson continued with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns). Next Mrs. Evans read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin that highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening Warm-ups.  We sang and moved to Ten Fish in the Sea, and Sail (Jellyfish and Spinner Dolphins).  The lesson continued with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns). Next Mrs. Evans read the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin that highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others.

10-31-2016—MH No School Due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

10-24-16

TK/K at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia with specific parts of our body like hips, shoulders, knees and feet. We moved to Here We Go Riding our Ponies.  We learned about the specific sounds that shaker eggs make.  We sang with our eggs to Shake, Shake, Now My Shaker’s Up, Silly Sam and Up So High.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening Warm-ups. Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia with specific parts of our body like hips, shoulders, knees and feet. We moved to Here We Go Riding our Ponies. Review concept sentences and introduce Music Can Be Fast or Slow.  This is TEMPO. We learn Hear We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. Then we sing it using either fast or slow TEMPOS on each verse.  We ACTIVELY LISTEN to Igor Stravinsky’s Russian Dance and identify the FORM as Fast, Slow, Fast. We perform Form the Corn. Extra time devoted to Miss Mary Mack partner clapping activity.

10-17-16

TK/K at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia with specific parts of our body like hips, shoulders, knees and feet. We sang Rhythms All Around as we made the sounds of leaves, rain, snoring, sighing and more.  We ACTIVELY LISTENED via interactive listening maps (ILM) to The Walking Song by Virgil Thomson and sang and moved to The Car Song with Woody Guthrie as we watched the ILM. Finally we watched jellyfish and spinner dolphins on video as a prep for the piece Sailing from Harbor Vignettes by Donaldson.

FIRST GRADE at MH— Opening Warm-ups. Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia with specific parts of our body like hips, shoulders, knees and feet. We sang Rhythms All Around as we made the sounds of leaves, rain, snoring, sighing and more.  We ACTIVELY LISTENED via interactive listening maps (ILM) to The Walking Song by Virgil Thomson and sang and moved to The Car Song with Woody Guthrie as we watched the ILM. Finally we watched jellyfish and spinner dolphins on video as a prep for the piece Sailing from Harbor Vignettes by Donaldson.

10-10-16

TK/K at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia. Reviewed One, Two Buckle My Shoe and moved to Riding Our Ponies in partners. We performed Sleeping Bunnies. We heard the story My Family Plays Music that included ACTIVELY LISTENING to different styles of music from Jazz to Blue Grass.  We had star sticks to use.  When we liked a certain style of music we put up our star sticks and danced along.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  Move to the STEADY BEAT to Funga Alafia. Reviewed One, Two Buckle My Shoe and moved to Riding Our Ponies in partners. We performed Sleeping Bunnies. We heard the story My Family Plays Music that included ACTIVELY LISTENING to different styles of music from Jazz to Blue Grass.  We had star sticks to use.  When we liked a certain style of music we put up our star sticks and danced along.

10-3-16

TK/K at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  Sang and moved to Hello, Hello, One, Two Buckle My Shoe, I Have 10 Fingers, and Eency, Wency Spider. Movement Activity with men’s ties to I’m Peter Pan and floor movement to Listen and Move.

FIRST GRADE at MH—Opening Warm-ups.  Sang and moved to Hello, Hello, One, Two Buckle My Shoe, I Have 10 Fingers, and Eency, Wency Spider. Movement Activity with rhythm sticks to Tap Your Sticks and floor movement to Listen and Move.

9-26-16

TK/KINDERGARTEN-Opening warm-ups.Perform He’s Got the Whole World, If You’re Happy and You Know It, This Little Light of Mine. I Have a Little Scarf movement activity with scarves.  Movement activity to Alabama Gal.

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA song called The Clock.Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA song called The Clock. Miss Mary Mack partner clapping activity and Gilly, Gilly Good Morning. Introduce new concept sentence: Music can be short or long. Staccato, Legato, Legato. We did a scarf movement piece to the Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson.  We studied FORM (ABACA), articulation words STACCATO and LEGATO as well as the TRIANGLE and CODA.

9-19-16

TK/KINDERGARTEN-Opening warm-ups. Sang Welcome to Music, Can't Sit Still, What Are You Wearing?, Freeze Dance, He's Got the Whole World and Aerobics A-Z

FIRST GRADE—Opening Warm-ups and SO MI LA song called The Clock. Miss Mary Mack partner clapping activity and Gilly, Gilly Good Morning. Introduce new concept sentence: Music can be short or long. Staccato, Legato, Legato. We did a scarf movement piece to the Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson.  We studied FORM (ABACA), articulation words STACCATO and LEGATO as well as the TRIANGLE and CODA.

9-12-2016

TK/KINDERGARTEN-Opening warm-ups as listed above, review a school song (see home page). Sang and or moved to Apples and Bananas, Freeze Dance, Say Hello, Can't Sit Still, and What are You Wearing?.

FIRST GRADE- Opening warm-ups and solfege hand sign work with SO MI and LA to the songs Look at Me and The Clock.  We moved to Gogo and Gilly, Gilly Good Morning.  Introduced a hand clapping activity with the song Miss Mary Mack.  Introduced lesson focus sentence: Music can be “p”, “f” or < (soft, loud, or getting louder).  We sang I’m a Little Teapot in all three DYNAMICS and then learned the American folk song When Johnny Comes Marching Home. We ACTIVELY LISTENED to American Salute by Morton Gould that uses the theme of When Johnny Comes Marching… in the piece.  The students listened to the song and identified the number of times the song was played by forming a tally using Popsicle sticks.  We discovered Morton Gould used it eight times in American Salute.  Each time was a different variation.

9-5-2016 MH

No School-Holiday

8-29-2016 MH

TK/KINDERGARTEN-Opening warm-ups as listed above, learn part 2 of a school song (see home page).

FIRST GRADE- Opening warm-ups as listed above, reviewed the school song (see home page), moved to Who Wants to Dance?.  We sang Welcome to Music.  Then we reviewed all the music concepts from kindergarten and ACTIVELY LISTENED to Slavonic Dance by Antonín Dvořák, sang Hear the Thunder/Hear the Raindrops, Squirrels and Bears, moved to Faeries and Giants by Elgar, sang and moved to Grizzly Bear is Sleeping, and performed Animales. If there was time we did a yarn ball toss to the nursery rhythm Jack and Jill.

8-22-2016 MH

KINDERGARTEN-Opening warm-ups as listed above, learn part 1 of a school song (see home page), Welcome Song, Pete the Cat book, I’m Rocking in my School Shoes, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, What are You Wearing? and What’s Your Name? yarn ball toss.

FIRST GRADE- Opening warm-ups as listed above, review the school song (see home page), Welcome Song, Pete the Cat book, I Love My White Shoes, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, What are You Wearing? and What’s Your Name? yarn ball toss.

6-6-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade – We talked about the activities we enjoyed this semester in music class. We sang a few of the class’s favorite songs.  We did a rotating partner yarn toss activity to the dance Galopede. We played a bean bag toss activity.  We did a rhythm stick activity to the song Theme from FAME. We moved to the Russian piece Kazachok.

2nd Grade – We moved to the Russian piece Kazachok and played new music on the keyboards.

3rd grade – Mrs. Evans showed the class a ocean drum and introduced and demonstrated proper playing technique for the following instruments: HAND DRUMS, TONE BLOCKS, MARACAS, TAMBOURINES, TRIANGLES and GUIROS.  The students sat by color groups and rotated around the room having the opportunity to play every type of instrument to a wonderful Polka piece, Yankovic’s Polka.

5-30-2016 • MH

No School

5-23-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade – We sang the school song, Can’t it Still, Funny Faces, When I was 1 and Standing Like Tree.  We then did 2 movement pieces Black Joke, A pirate tune and a Russian piece Kazachok.

2nd Grade - Parent open house.

3rd grade – Parent open house.

5-16-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade – We sang the school song, Can’t it Still, Funny Faces, When I was 1 and Standing Like Tree.  We then did 2 movement pieces Black Joke, A pirate tune and a Russian piece Kazachok.

2nd Grade - We rehearsed our program for the parent open house.

3rd grade – We rehearsed our program for the parent open house.

5-9-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade - We watched a video clip from Animusic called Pipe Dreams.  Students saw the relationship between Smaller and Higher and Bigger and Lower.  Next we read the story Click Clack Moo with special motions on all of the typing places.  WE sang, What are you Wearing? My Poor Hand is Shaking and moved to the piece Listen and Move using ACTIVE LISTENING. We ended by learning a traditional Bush Dance of New Holland called Nigun Atik.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We continued TEMPOS from last week and reviewed The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling with partners.  We watched a video clip on the best yodeler in the world Franzl Lang.  Keyboards: Piano songs.

3rd grade – We reviewed The Star Spangled Banner and talked about Jazz music and scat singing. We practiced using Swinging the Blues Away.  Keyboards: Piano songs.

5-2-2016 • MH

Kindergarten - We sang warmed up and sang and did motions and sound effects for the song Rhythms All Around.  We learned about FORM, RONDO, CODA, STACCATO, TRIANGLE, and LEGATO in preparation for the Leroy Anderson hit The Syncopated Clock. We studied the piece and ACTIVELY LISTENED and then performed the composition with scarves.

First Grade – We sang warmed up and sang and did motions for Hear Ye.  We learned about FORM, RONDO, CODA, STACCATO, and LEGATO in preparation for the Leroy Anderson hit The Syncopated Clock. We studied the piece and ACTIVELY LISTENED and then performed the composition with scarves.  We ended with the book Llama, Llama Red Pajama.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We continued TEMPOS from last week and reviewed The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling with partners.  We watched a video clip on the best yodeler in the world Franzl Lang.  Keyboards: Piano songs.

3rd grade – We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We continued TEMPOS from last week and reviewed The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling with partners.  We watched a video clip on the best yodeler in the world Franzl Lang.  Keyboards: Piano songs.

4-25-2016 • MH

Kindergarten - We sang “Hi My Name is Joe” and did a yarn ball partner activity to a dance called Trioka. We ended by learning a traditional Bush Dance of New Holland called Nigun Atik.

First Grade – We learned that music has CONTOURS. We learned a pirate song called Hear Ye and traced the contour of the melody with our fingers.  We did a yarn ball partner activity to a dance called Trioka.  We watched two Interactive Listening Maps for December Snow by a Native American Indian Nakai and C-A-G by Billy Taylor.  Both pieces identify FORM and CONTOUR.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We continued TEMPOS from last week and reviewed The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling with partners.  We watched a video clip on the best yodeler in the world Franzl Lang.  Keyboards: Piano songs.

3rd grade – We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We continued TEMPOS from last week and reviewed The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling with partners.  We watched a video clip on the best yodeler in the world Franzl Lang.  Keyboards: Piano songs.

4-18-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade- We sang and moved to Who Wants to Dance?, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Animal Action and did a circle game “Wolf Are You There?”. The first graders added CONTOURS and the pirate song Hear Ye The Wind.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We reviewed TEMPOS from last week and talked about AUSTRIA and sang The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling.  Keyboards: Piano exploration.

3rd grade – We opened with warm-ups did a song review.  We reviewed TEMPOS from last week and talked about AUSTRIA and sang The Cuckoo using three speeds and yodeling.  Keyboards: Piano exploration.

4-11-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade- We performed the Celtic Dance in a circle, sang and moved to Gogo, Animales, When I was One and Standing Like A Tree.  We ended with a beanbag activity called Beanbag Toss.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups the folk song Oh Sinner Man.  We discussed TEMPO (fast, moderate and slow).  We then moved to fast, moderate and slow beats around the room to the changing TEMPOS of Mrs. Evans’ cowbell.  Then we learned about J.S. Bach and listened and moved to March (fast) and Chorale (slow). We then discussed FORM and RONDO form (ABABA) for the Bach piece Musette.  We had fun learning the A and B themes as we incorporated some movement.

3rd grade –We reviewed SOLFEGE hand signs for Pippety, Poppety and Froggie Went A Courtin’. We ACTIVELY LISTENED to Sonata for Two Piano in D Major by Mozart and discussed MAJOR versus MINOR, SONATA ALLEGRO FORM (EXPOSITION, DEVELOPMENT and RECAPITULATION). We danced the Celtic Dance and played a beanbag circle game to the music of Hora Agadati.

4-4-8-2016 • VDM/LP/WC/AB

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3-28-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade- We opened with warm-ups and Hello, Hello.  We played and sang a group activity called Here sits the Monkey in the Chair accompanied by the guitar. Everyone got a turn with the monkeys.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups the folk song Oh Sinner Man.  Keyboards: Ten G’s and Combo Stairs.

3rd grade –We reviewed Michael Finnegan and reviewed SOLFEGE hand signs for Pippety, Poppety and Froggie Went A Courtin’.  Keyboards: Stairs and Mary Had A Little Lamb.

3-21-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade- We opened with warm-ups and BAH BAH, an ARIOSO vocal piece.  Arioso Land is a place where children go to explore and use their singing voices.  We watched some video of Ireland, the BODRAM (a traditional Irish drum) and the dance form RIVERDANCE. We did a circle movement piece to Celtic Suite by Chappelle and ended with a guitar song, I’ve been working on the Railroad.

2nd Grade- We opened with warm-ups and BAH BAH, an ARIOSO vocal piece.  Arioso Land is a place where children go to explore and use their singing voices.  We watched some video of Ireland, the BODRAM (a traditional Irish drum) and the dance form RIVERDANCE. We did a circle movement piece to Celtic Suite by Chappelle. Keyboards: Ten G’s and Combo Stairs.

3rd grade –We recited the Element Chant and reviewed SOLFEGE hand signs for Pippety, Poppety and Froggie Went A Courtin’.   We did the handclapping partner activity for folksong Michael Finnegan with the accompanying handclapping game with partners as well as discussing TEMPO and RITARDANDO and ACCELERANDO.  Keyboards: Stairs and Mary Had A Little Lamb.

3-14-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade- We opened with warm-ups and BAH BAH an ARIOSO vocal piece.  Arioso Land is a place where children go to explore and use their singing voices.  We explored our voices using nonsense syllables.  Using the tambourine, Mrs. Evans had students shake different body parts and then freeze. The rhyme 1, 2, 3, Mama Caught a Flea explored different vocalizations and moving away from and to our home seat while reciting the rhyme.  Finally we ended with a circle activity called Wolf Are you There?

2nd Grade-We reviewed the folksong Liza Jane.  We learned DYNAMIC terms and put them into a DYNAMIC (soft to loud) responsive phrase to be recited in concert with some body percussion during the reading of the book Aliens Are Coming by McNaughton.

3rd grade –We recited the Element Chant and reviewed SOLFEGE hand signs for Pippety, Poppety and Froggie Went A Courtin’.   Mrs. Evans introduced the folksong Michael Finnegan with the accompanying handclapping game with partners as well as discussing TEMPO and RITARDANDO and ACCELERANDO.  Keyboards: Mary Had A Little Lamb.

3-7-2016 • MH

Kindergarten and First Grade- We opened with warm-ups and A-Z Aerobics movement piece.  We used rhythm sticks to follow the directions in Tap Your Sticks.  We ACTIVELY LISTENED to interactive listening maps for Children’s March by Goldman.

2nd Grade-We reviewed the folksong Liza Jane.  We learned DYNAMIC terms and put them into a DYNAMIC (soft to loud) responsive phrase to be recited in concert with some body percussion during the reading of the book Aliens Are Coming by McNaughton.

3rd grade –We recited the Element Chant and reviewed SOLFEGE hand signs for Pippety Poppety and Froggie Went A Courtin’.   Mrs. Evans introduced the folksong Michael Finnegan with the accompanying handclapping game with partners as well as discussing TEMPO and RITARDANDO and ACCELERANDO. 

2-29-2016MH

Kindergarten and First Grade-learned the concept PITCH can go down.  We sang the book In the Tall, Tall Grass and practiced a TREMOLO on the last note of our descending melody.  We also echo sang on pitches SO and MI all the characters in the book.  We ended out time singing If You’re Happy and You Know It and This Little Light with the accompanied by the guitar.

2nd Grade-We learned the words and melody to the folk song Liza Jane that corresponded to a movement activity a few weeks ago.  The group practiced Ten G’s on the keyboard.

3rd grade -We reviewed the solfege for Pippety Poppety and reviewed the folk song Froggie Went a Courtin'.  Two students acted as puppeteers with a mouse and a frog to dramatize the song as we performed it.  In the keyboard lab we continued with a new song called Stairs that has a tricky sequence2-22-2016MH

Kindergarten and First Grade-Open House presentation

2nd Grade-We worked on the movement song As I Was Walking and in the keyboard lab on Ten G's.

3rd grade -We reviewed the solfege for Pippety Poppety and learned the folk song Froggie went a Courtin'.  In the keyboard lab we started a new song called Stairs that has a tricky sequence.

2-15-2016MH No School

2-8-2016MH

Kindergarten and First Grade reviewed their Open House pieces and watched two Interactive Listening Maps for The Little Train of the Caipira by Villa-Lobos and Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov.

2nd Grade learned a new song with languages from around the world called Hello, Hello.  Then they performed No More Pie.  We continued with a bean bag activity called Bean Bag Disappear. Work in the keyboard lab focused on reading music and accurately playing Ten G’s.

3rd grade learned the words and solfege for a British party game called Pippety, Poppety. In the keyboard lab we worked on reading music and rehearsing our 3 right hand songs: Half Note Stairs, Ten G’s and Combo Stairs.

2-1-2016MH

Kindergarten and First Grade reviewed all their songs for the upcoming Open House on February 22, 2016.

2nd Grade played a complex bean bag group circle game to the song Hora Agadati.  We concluded by trying to toss our beanbags into the bean bag box.

3rd grade reviewed and played the British party game called Pippety, Poppety.

1-25-2016MH

Kindergarten and First Grade learned a new song with languages from around the world called Hello, Hello.  Then they learned a Spanish song Animales. What are You Wearing, Poor Hand is Shaking, No More Pie, Down By the Bay were also performed.  Class ended with a bean bag activity called Bean Bag Disappear.

2nd Grade learned a new song with languages from around the world called Hello, Hello.  Then they performed No More Pie.  We continued with a bean bag activity called Bean Bag Disappear. Work in the keyboard lab focused on reading music and accurately playing Ten G’s.

3rd grade learned the words and solfege for a British party game called Pippety, Poppety. In the keyboard lab we worked on reading music and rehearsing our 3 right hand songs: Half Note Stairs, Ten G’s and Combo Stairs.

1-18-2016MH No School

1-11-2016MH

Kindergarten and First Grades continued with their new concept sentence: Music can have a steady beat.  We sang Ten Little Indians, reviewed our songs for the Open House and learned the Spanish song Animales.  Reading the book Giraffe’s Can’t Dance concluded our time together.  During the book we danced to a WALTZ, TANGO, CHA-CHA, SCOTTISH REEL, ROCK N ROLL and WORLD/NATURE music.

2nd and 3rd grades continued reviewing their keyboard songs for the right hand.

1-4-2016

2nd Grades heard the classic storybook/song Señor Don Gato.  They participated with Flamenco style clapping on the Meows.  We continued our work in the keyboard lab by playing Half Note Stairs on the keyboards out loud as a group.  Students were instructed to make a conscious effort to read the music. Working in partners helped facilitate music reading.

3rd Grades were introduced to IMPROVISATION and JAZZ to a classic tune called Swingin’ The Blues Away.  We learned how to SCAT and had fun going through a deck of scat words during the song. We continued our work in the keyboard lab on playing Half Note Stairs, Ten Gs and Combo Stairs on the keyboards out loud as a group. Students were instructed to make a conscious effort to read the music. Working in partners helped facilitate music reading.

1-4-2016

Kindergarten and First Grades were introduced to their next new concept sentence: Music can have a steady beat.  We performed a steady beat to a drum using our own body percussion, patting legs, shoulders, heads, noses, toes and hearts etc. We sang the song Ten Little Indians while using a visual to see the steady beat on the drum pictures.  We practiced echo singing with No More Pie and Down By the Bay.  We moved to Jump Jim Joe.  We ended our time doing a paper plate skate to the Skater’s Waltz, an old classic.

2nd Grades heard the classic storybook/song Señor Don Gato.  They participated with Flamenco style clapping on the Meows.  We continued our work in the keyboard lab by playing Half Note Stairs on the keyboards out loud as a group.  Students were instructed to make a conscious effort to read the music. Working in partners helped facilitate music reading.

3rd Grades were introduced to IMPROVISATION and JAZZ to a classic tune called Swingin’ The Blues Away.  We learned how to SCAT and had fun going through a deck of scat words during the song. We continued our work in the keyboard lab on playing Half Note Stairs, Ten Gs and Combo Stairs on the keyboards out loud as a group. Students were instructed to make a conscious effort to read the music. Working in partners helped facilitate music reading.

12-14-15

Kindergarten and First Grades sing holiday songs and talk about The Nutcracker BALLET and watch 2 Interactive Listening Maps of two pieces The Waltz of the Flowers and Trepak. Then they will perform the Toy Flutes with long tubes with scarves in the end and skate on paper plates to the Skater’s Waltz. We will incorporate some musical instruments into our singing time.

2nd Grades sang Jingle Bells (shaker eggs) as an opener.  In the keyboard lab they are working on C D E F G on the right hand with proper fingering.  They are individually working on several songs: Half Notes, Ten G's and Combo Notes.  They have added Jingle Bells.

3rd Grades sang Deck the Hall, Jingle Bells (shaker eggs) and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas to open class.  In the computer lab they are working on C D E F G on the right hand with proper fingering.  They are individually working on several songs: Half Notes, Ten G's and Combo Notes.  They have added Jingle Bells.

12-7-15

Kindergarten and First Grades reinforced their new music concept “Music can be High and Low.  Students reviewed using their voices to imitate the pitches and their bodies to demonstrate high and low (hands up for high and in their lap for low). We reviewed the high/low picture chart used the pop up puppet to show high and low. Mrs. Evans brought out her bells and tested every student for aural understanding of high and low by distinguishing between the bells she played for them. She introduced a new song called Stars and Starfish reinforcing high and low. We sang a classic song “I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee. Finally we watched an Interactive Listening Map of Faeries and Giants by Elgar.  Then the boys did strong movements with a long tube as the giants and girls used scarves and danced like fairies.

2nd Grades are working on C D E F G on the right hand with proper fingering.  They are individually working on several songs: Half Notes, Ten G's and Combo Notes.  They have added Jingle Bells.

3rd Grades: In the keyboard lab they are working on C D E F G on the right hand with proper fingering.  They are individually working on several songs: Half Notes, Ten G's and Combo Notes.  They have added Jingle Bells.

11-30-15 

Kindergarten and First Grades opened with a Brazilian movement piece called Valsa Dos Cavalos and were introduced to their next music concept “Music can be High and Low.  Students used their voices to imitate the pitches and their bodies to demonstrate high and low (hands up for high and in their lap for low). Through the use of a high/low picture chart and much discussion students discovered that a man’s voice is low and a woman’s voice is high and that a piano is both high and low.  Mrs. Evans used her pop up puppet, a balloon and bells to demonstrate high and low pitch.  We sang a classic song “I’m Bringing Home My Baby Bumblebee” with a high and low voiced stings and a buzzing vocalization at the end. Students caught their own bees and kept them safe in their “cave-like” hands complete with a peephole as they performed the song.

2nd Grades are working on C D E F G on the right hand with proper fingering.  They are individually working on several songs: Half Notes, Ten G's and Combo Notes.  They have added Jingle Bells.

3rd Grades sang Deck the Hall, Jingle Bells (shaker eggs) and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas to open class.  In the computer lab they are working on C D E F G on the right hand with proper fingering.  They are individually working on several songs: Half Notes, Ten G's and Combo Notes.  They have added Jingle Bells.

11-16-15 (2 weeks of classes were interrupted by holidays and conferences so lessons varied.)

Kindergarten and First Grades reflected on Thanksgiving and being thankful!  Students ACTIVELY LISTENED to a piece called December Snow, first identifying what people or place the music was related to (Native American Indians) and then identifying PITCH that stays the same in the piece.  They traced the MELODY with their fingers.  Some classes if technology was available saw the interactive listening map with the snowflake moving to the MELODIC map as well as the Native American pipe player.  Using the yarn ball each child shared one or two things he/she was thankful for and we incorporated some of the answers into the song, Giving Thanks.  Next we sang the tune Five Fat Turkeys with motions including the mad cook who couldn’t seem to find the turkeys! We concluded on the floor in a circle activity focusing on STEADY BEAT and passing pumpkins to friends.  Mrs. Evans shared what was in one of the special pumpkins.

2nd Grades reflected on Thanksgiving and being thankful!  Students ACTIVELY LISTENED to a piece called December Snow, first identifying what people or place the music was related to (Native American Indians) and then identifying PITCH (sustained high, low or stays the same).  They traced the MELODY with their fingers.  Some classes if technology was available saw the interactive listening map with the snowflake moving to the MELODIC line as well as seeing the Native American pipe player. We then moved to a Lakota Indian song called Ina Maka.  Students learned words in 2 languages along with special hand motions.  We then made a large circle and did a traditional Indian step dance along with singing the song accompanied by one student on a rain stick and a recorded traditional Native American drum track. Finally we sang the song Giving Thanks.

3rd Grades reflected on Thanksgiving and being thankful!  Students ACTIVELY LISTENED to a piece called December Snow, first identifying what people or place the music was related to (Native American Indians) and then identifying PITCH (sustained high, low or stays the same).  They traced the MELODY with their fingers.  Some classes if technology was available saw the interactive listening map with the snowflake moving to the MELODIC line as well as seeing the Native American pipe player. We then moved to a Lakota Indian song called Ina Maka.  Students learned words in 2 languages along with special hand motions.  We then made a large circle and did a traditional Indian step dance along with singing the song accompanied by one student on a rain stick and a recorded traditional Native American drum track.  Class concluded with the song My Friend Tom using sheet music to identify the number of VERSES and to sing the song by READING THE MUSIC.  All students followed the song, pointing to the place in the music we were at as they sang along.  Good news—Tom is still alive!

11-2-2015

Kindergarten and First Grades saw Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins!  Students learned a speech piece, Pumpkin Patch, and then we labeled different lines with different DYNAMICS that they learned including the addition of “p means soft”.  The lesson continued with moving to Form the Corn, Hi, My Name is Joe, the story Spookley the Square Pumpkin which highlights the importance of our unique individualities and giving our best to others, and ending with a Pumpkin Patch activity where all the students turn into creative, standing pumpkin faces (Jack-0-Lanterns).

All KEYBOARD CLASSES: They will do physical warm-ups specific to keyboarding to get ready to play and movement activities covering beat and tempos.  This helps them to feel music with their entire body.

2nd Grades reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, DOUBLE BAR LINE, REPEAT SIGN, LINE and SPACE NOTES, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. Added note names TREBLE CLEF first 5 C-G and BASS CLEF first 5 C-F. They continue to learn the keyboard.  Students used their books to reinforce the RHYTHM TREE.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right hands. Students read their first song off of an actual staff.

3rd Grades reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, DOUBLE BAR LINE, REPEAT SIGN, LINE and SPACE NOTES, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. Hand fingerings and proper hand positions. They are reviewing what they learned last year on the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.  Added note names, TREBLE CLEF first 5 C-G and BASS CLEF, first 5 C-F.  Students used their books to reinforce the RHYTHM TREE and played their first 5-note song. Students read their first song off of an actual staff. 

10-25-15

Kindergarten and First Grades Reviewed the school song, Did yarn ball catch to Jack and Jill went Up the Hill, sang the Eency Weency Spider using spider rings, used shaker egg maracas to Barbara Ann, revisited Pete the Cat and did movement piece about corn, potatoes, squash and bananas and ended with Peanut Butter and Jelly.

All KEYBOARD CLASSES: They will do physical warm-ups specific to keyboarding to get ready to play and movement activities covering beat and tempos.  This helps them to feel music with their entire body.

2nd Grades reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, DOUBLE BAR LINE, REPEAT SIGN, LINE and SPACE NOTES, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. Added note names TREBLE CLEF first 5 C-G and BASS CLEF first 5 C-F. They continue to learn the keyboard.  Students used their books to reinforce the RHYTHM TREE.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right hands.

3rd Grades reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, DOUBLE BAR LINE, REPEAT SIGN, LINE and SPACE NOTES, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. Hand fingerings and proper hand positions. They are reviewing what they learned last year on the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.  Added note names, TREBLE CLEF first 5 C-G and BASS CLEF, first 5 C-F.  Students used their books to reinforce the RHYTHM TREE and played their first 5-note song.

10-18-2015

ALL CLASSES: I have found great success in developing my students' inner ear, sense of relative pitch as well as proper vocal development through the use of fun vocal exercises and solfege (hand positions to DO RE MI FA SOL LA TI DO scale).  We sing using our hand positions and the end result is impressive. Please ask your children to demonstrate : ).

Kindergarten and First Grades reinforced their new core concept—Music can be fast or slow by reviewing their core concept sentence, fast/slow chart of pictures and Did You Ever See a Squirrel/Bear? songs with fun actions.  We listened to two pieces by Camille Saint-Saëns: Turtles and Fleet-footed Animals (Wild Horses) while imitating the teacher’s movements.  Then the children heard the classic story The Tortoise and the Hare (a fast character vs. a slow character) and we talked about the importance of hard work and perseverance. Finally we listened and moved to a compilation of changing music that was fast or slow.  Our body movements had to match what we heard using ACTIVE LISTENING.

All KEYBOARD CLASSES: They will do physical warm-ups specific to keyboarding to get ready to play and movement activities covering beat and tempos.  This helps them to feel music with their entire body.

2nd Grades reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. Added Note names TREBLE CLEF first 5 C-G and BASS CLEF first 5 C-F. They are beginning to learn the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.

3rd Grades Reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. They are reviewing what they learned last year on the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.  Added Note names TREBLE CLEF first 5 C-G and BASS CLEF first 5 C-F.

10-12-2015 

ALL CLASSES: I have found great success in developing my students' inner ear, sense of relative pitch as well as proper vocal development through the use of fun vocal exercises and solfege (hand positions to DO RE MI FA SOL LA TI DO scale).  We sing using our hand positions and the end result is impressive. Please ask your children to demonstrate : ).

Kindergarten and First Grades added a new core concepts—Music can be fast or slow using a fast/slow chart of pictures to reinforce.  We sang some songs at fast and slow tempos.  We talked about how squirrels vs. bears behave in the winter right before the snow falls.  We sang Did You Ever See a Squirrel/Bear? with fun actions including snoring for the hibernating bear!

All KEYBOARD CLASSES: They will do physical warm-ups specific to keyboarding to get ready to play and movement activities covering beat and tempos.  This helps them to feel music with their entire body.

2nd Grades learned the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. They are beginning to learn the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.

3rd Grades They reviewed the terms STAFF, GRAND STAFF, KEYBOARD, TREBLE CLEF, BASS CLEF, BARLINE, MEASURE, the RHYTHM TREE, hand fingerings and proper hand position. They are reviewing what they learned last year on the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.

10-5-2015

ALL CLASSES: I have found great success in developing my students' inner ear, sense of relative pitch as well as proper vocal development through the use of fun vocal exercises and solfege (hand positions to DO RE MI FA SOL LA TI DO scale).  We sing using our hand positions and the end result is impressive. Please ask your children to demonstrate : ).

Kindergarten and First Grades are building on their previous core concepts.  We did some songs with the guitar and added hand motions.  We listened to the book, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, which had magical illustrations and beautiful singing of the classic song and moved to songs like The Body Rock.

All KEYBOARD CLASSES: We are using ST Math+Music.  See description on the sidebar.  They will do physical warm-ups specific to keyboarding to get ready to play and movement activities covering beat and tempos.  This helps them to feel music with their entire body.

2nd Grades are learning about PITCH and RHYTHM.  They are beginning to learn the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and  the first five notes of the right and left hands.

3rd Grades reinforced the main elements of music through a fun story called the Brilliant Marshmallow Rabbit plus clapping and saying the concept words. They are reviewing what they learned last year on the keyboard.  This includes music on the staff and the first five notes of the right and left hands.

9-26-2015

ALL CLASSES: I have found great success in developing my students' inner ear, sense of relative pitch as well as proper vocal development through the use of fun vocal exercises and solfege (hand positions to DO RE MI FA SOL LA TI DO scale).  We sing using our hand positions and the end result is impressive. Please ask your children to demonstrate : ).

Kindergarten and First Grades are learning about beat and opposites in music.  They have learned two concepts. Music can be loud and soft and "f" means loud.  They have performed movement with scarves and a song with rhythm sticks.  We read Pete the Cat, Rockin' in my School Shoes and The Large and Growly Bear.

2nd Grades are learning about PITCH and RHYTHM.  We opened with a beautiful lullaby All the Pretty Little Horses and rocked some stuffed animals as we discovered PITCH patterns.  They were exposed to Japanese culture through the song Sakura, which focused on RHYTHM patterns and even played resonator bells, rhythms sticks and the GONG!

3rd Grades have learned Italian terms and the main elements of music through a fun story called the Brilliant Marshmallow Rabbit. PITCH, DYNAMICS, TEMPO and ACTIVE LISTENING have been a main focus.  They learned 10 Italian DYNAMICS that were reinforced through a partner activity and their Italian pronunciation was quite good.  We studied the important American composer Ferde Grofé and actively listened to his piece Sunrise from Grand Canyon Suite.