There is no class next week for Thanksgiving Break. Next class is December 1. It is also a parent day!
We are heading toward the end of the year, which means we will be finishing up Red Balloons and moving to our Blue Bugs Semester. I’m so excited to start Blue Bugs! The time has flown by and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children! It is amazing to watch as they learn concepts and develop skills that seem simple and fun to them, but are quite complex in their musical meaning, we just haven’t labeled them yet. We call this subconscious learning.
I hope you have enjoyed your ‘musical time’ (a.k.a. play practice & music exposure) working with your children and helping them on their journey to not only develop lifelong musical aptitude but cementing skills and concepts that will serve them the rest of their lives.
Homework: p. 42–43 Students color each triangle to show what chord it is.
Who Took the Cookie?
This may seem to be a simple child’s game, but there is wonderful rhythm component. When you talk during the chant the child is learning to keep a steady beat and verbally respond to and anticipate the rhythm.
Chords in Pieces
Our ears were in training during this activity. The students were learning to hear and identify a right or wrong chord. So essential to developing the musician inside.
Today we did something a little different. We identified instrumentation by listening to the butterfly kissing the flower! When the students can hear different sounds and instruments within a piece it comes alive and they become sensitive listeners.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here is a fun video and some fun activities you and your child will love!
Enjoy the following thoughts on why music is such a gift to your children. They are an insightful review of why music education is so important.
For my convenience, I have preloaded content for the whole semester. I will update each future post with specific time-sensitive info before I send the link each week. If you choose to read ahead you might see details that don’t apply to your child’s class. For this reason I do not recommend reading ahead. Thank you!
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As a music educator of 25 years, my passion is infusing others with music!