Thank you for coming today parents! Keep in mind, when you come to class, the children do act slightly different. Just remember to be actively engaged in what I’m doing and don’t force their participation, just encourage. What a gift to send quality time with your precious child, bonding and creating fun music memories! This is SO much fun!!
Homework: p. 22–23 Students color in and draw "balloons" that are either stuck ON the wires or BETWEEN the wires. They are laying the foundation for being able to read music!
This peppy song is even more fun when you realize we are imitating and identifying complex rhythmic patterns! The brains of young children are designed to extract patterns from complex layers, making more connections with each exposure. Start with playfully clapping the animals separate from the music at a slower speed. Soon they will clap right along as the music plays!
DO is Home
Our purpose here is to match pitch, and eventually, to accurately pull that middle C out of thin air with no cues! WOW! This process will take six months to three years, so we'll work on it every week during our three years together.
In Let's Play Music we experience things before we label them. Experiencing and playing with the music staff is a great way to understand how it functions. When we start to add things to the staff like notes and key signatures, the students will have information stored in their brains that they can connect it to. Identifying lines and spaces on the staff is the beginning of our visual love of the staff.
Play an ostinato on the bells — harmony training
An ostinato is a repeated musical pattern that is played at the same time as a separate melody. We did this today as we played DO SOL on the bells while singing the song “Hear How the Bells”. Our ears are getting SO SMART!
Making Musicians section:
Why do we use folk music in Let's Play Music? This question is an important one. Read HERE to find the answer! Also, Click HERE to read about one of our Let's Play Music graduates!
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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