Don’t forget, parents come next week! =) Registration for next fall begins next week! Please email me and let me know if you would like anyone else put on my 1st year waiting list for the fall. Classes fill up quickly and I let my waiting list enroll first.
Listening to the music can spontaneously include doing some of the actions too! For instance, if you hear the song Umburra, sit down and pick an object to pass around on the beat. If you are practicing Bill Grogan’s Goat, have your student clap 4 times or nod their heads 4 times, between each line, etc. The more senses you use while "playing" the more your student will internalize. If you have the storybook of Bill Grogan’s Goat read it to your child. Let your student pretend "teach" a Let's Play Music class to you, their siblings, or stuffed animals. This is great music practice and it's FUN for them!
Homework: pp. 12–13 Students get to cut out the pieces for “Triumphant March” and glue them onto the listening map. Also, be sure your child is listening to the weekly songs and practicing on their bells. These skills are so critical to their success next year when we jump onto the keyboards!
El Gallo translated means “The Rooster”. During your "play" time have fun working on the pronunciation of these words. Soon we’ll be singing it in harmony using a round and learning harmonic rhythm. When a child sings harmony they develop the ability to sing in tune and independently sing parts of music. It's quite a skill!
A Frog Went A-Hoppin'
Today we introduced this song, but this song will soon teach us how to read leaps on the staff and play leaps on the bells.
Using our “Jungle Rhythm” song we had the students walk like the elephant while I was the lion. This allowed them to hear how a beat can be divided and subdivided.
I've Been to Harlem
On the autoharp we played the song I’ve Been to Harlem in major and then again in minor. We are training the ears to recognize the difference between the two tonalities which helps us to recognize that music can help touch our emotions and influence those listening to music.
Your student has been taking baby steps and skipping around in class for some time. Now, we get to take the concepts that we've been experiencing and start applying them to reading music on the staff. This approach to reading music is somewhat unique to Let's Play Music. Young children will be reading from the staff without knowing any note names. Read more details on how this effective method works.
Are you turning the Blue Bugs music on everyday? Your whole family will benefit. Thanks for being such great supportive parents! These kids come to class ready to learn and have fun. They are just soaking up the musical concepts and skills I am teaching. They could not do it without great parents like you, working right alongside them. Give yourselves a big pat on the back. Great work!
Homework: pp. 10–11 Students match each bug to its musical note.
Learning to anticipate a beat and feel the beat internally is necessary when developing little musicians. The Umburra game helps us to do just that! Practice it at home when you are "playing" with your students.
Playing Skips on the Bells!
We are learning piano skills when we play skips on our bells. Even though the students don't know it, what we learn on the bells will transfer directly over to the piano. It's better to sight read using "relationships" like steps and skips because it reduces the processing your mind has to interpret when reading notes. Plus, we can do it BEFORE they learn note names. It's brilliant!
Today in class we added another layer of knowledge using our bugs! We saw that our musical bugs match with musical rhythms!! It was a great ah-ha moment and musical discovery for your student. They each got their own bug and matched it with it's rhythmic representation.
Just a reminder that parents come next week & tuition is due.
Thank you for all of your consistency the last few weeks! I found myself singing solo this week on a few songs. We are going to be learning a lot of new songs in the coming weeks. So, make sure the music is being played daily in your home. Even while the kids are playing and/or not really focusing on the music itself, they will internalize what is happening in the background. Their brain has the ability to listen and take it in. Remember, they are designed to extract information from their confusion rich environment! Daily music exposure is so important for so many reasons. If you don't get to it during the daytime, let them quietly listen to the music as they fall asleep. If you have questions, let me know!
In case you need some help remembering the chords in pieces, there is a reference note on the top of p. 8 in the HW Booklet to remind you which color matches with which pieces.
Homework: pp. 8–9 Students color the triangles to show which chord it is based on their pieces.
Today when we played Jungle Rhythm, we moved to a steady beat, divided, and subdivided a beat — and it was all done through play! Your students didn't even realize they were subconsciously learning how to perform rhythms. Now this is how music should be taught!
Bill Grogan's Goat
This song has great musical value. We feel the beat and clap on the internal (non-sung) beats. Every time we "play" this activity the students are internalizing how to organize rhythm into time. This is a very complex musical skill, but can be done at such a young age!
I've Been to Harlem
Teaching the ear to hear and distinguish between ‘happy’ (major) and ‘sad’ (minor) chords is our objective of this song. We can teach a child to compose their own music based on how they are feeling and how they want the listener to feel. This concept builds sensitive music listeners and caring intuitive individuals. Yep, music actually teaches life lessons and builds character!