Grade 1 Update

This week was a short week, but we still managed to pack in a lot of music! We were focusing on the difference between a solo and an ensemble, and the different sizes of ensembles. We learned new songs, dances, and games as well. This week we learned “Kye Kye Kule”, “Hop Old Squirrel”, “Bow Wow Wow”, and “Cut the Cake”. I hope to see you at Parent-Teacher conferences either Wednesday or Thursday! I will be in the Elementary School Library and am happy to talk about how your child is doing in music and what we’re learning.

First Week for Grade 1

This week was the first week of music for Grade 1! We had a good time learning new songs and games. We learned the difference between beat and rhythm and are now able to do the beat or rhythm with the songs we know. The songs we learned this week were “Little Sally Walker”, “Flea! Fly!”, “Old Obidiah”, and “Closet Key”. We also played with the rhythm sticks. We investigated what kinds of sounds we can make with the sticks and played along with music at different speeds. Next week we will be learning about the different sizes of musical ensembles!

Final Week for Grade 2!

This week was the last week of music for Grade 2 until January. This week we were composers and wrote our very own piece in AB form using the different rhythms we learned over the past month. On Thursday we had a choice day where the students got to choose what activities they wanted to do based on what songs and games we learned in the past month. Next Grade 2 goes to PE and Grade 1 has music. I am looking forward to working with Grade 2 again in January!

Grade 2 Week 3

This week Grade 2 was learning about musical form. We sang call and response songs as well as songs in AB form. We created accompaniments for a song we were singing using many different classroom instruments. On Thursday the class learned the dance from “Thriller” as part of the Halloween celebrations. The songs we learned this week were “John Kanaka”, “Black Snake”, and “There Was an Old Woman”. Next week is our last week (for now!) so we will be composing our own pieces of music.

Grade 2 Update

This week grade 2 learned about half notes (or “too”). We also continued to work with ostinati and the students wrote their own ostinato and chose what body percussion they wanted to use to play it. The songs we learned this week were “Sally Go ‘Round the Sun”, “Tony Chestnut”, and “Bluebird Through my Window.” We also continued to sing “Bear Comes Knockin'”.

First Week of Grade 2!

This week was the first week of music for grade 2! We learned new songs this week: “Button You Must Wander” and “Bear Comes Knockin'”. We played with instruments as well, including the xylophones and other percussion instruments. We also listened to parts of Bolero by Ravel and learned about ostinati. We also reviewed rhythms from last year by playing a Poison Rhythm game. We will continue to learn new songs and play with more instruments next week!

KG2 Final Week

Today was our last music class (for now!). This week we had a lot of fun singing a very silly song, “I am a Pizza” and playing different instruments with our new friends, the Finger Band. We also talked a lot about roller coasters and how to ride a roller coaster with our voices and learned a new game, “Cut the Cake”. We also played with a new instrument this week: the triangle. We continued to practice fast and slow as well as the beat.

I will see KG2 again in December!

KG2 Update

This week we were focusing on fast/slow. We played with maracas as well as kazoos! We also learned new songs (“Hill and Gully Rider” and “Take My Little Car”) and a new game (“Old King Glory”). Next week is our last week for the first trimester! We will be continuing to work on fast/slow and the beat with new songs.

If you are coming to Back to School Night on Monday, I will be in my room, 214. Drop in and say hello when you have a minute!

KG2 Lessons

In KG2 we use lessons based on First Steps in Music by John Feierabend. This means that every class we do the following activities:

Pitch Exploration: Students are led or lead a simple vocal warmup that focuses on using their proper singing voice and exploring their vocal range. This can include using their voice to follow a shape traced in the air or mimicking the sound of a kazoo.

Call and Response: I sing a song and the students echo it back. This is developing their pitch matching and guides expressive singing.

Movement Exploration: Students do various activities involving different kinds of movement. This can include activities like freeze dance, walking to the sound of a drum, moving using only body part, or mirroring the movements of a partner.

Finger Plays: Students follow along as I tell a story or sing a song that has actions associated with it. This helps develop fine motor skills.

Circles: These are games that happen in a circle while the children sing a song. These games help develop a sense of community as well as develop the voice.

Beat Activities: The goal in this section is to help students develop their sense of the beat which is one of the most important parts of music. This can include playing instruments along to music or games that require them to pass a ball on the beat.

Simple Songs: Songs that are easy for them to learn quickly. They are usually quite short and repetitive and help develop and pitch and rhythm vocabulary.

Ariosos: During Arioso time, students are encouraged to improvise melodies. At the beginning of the year we focus on the difference between speaking and singing. From there, we progress to making up melodies on a neutral syllable such as “moo.” By the end of the year, we will be improvising melodies for short verses. The goal is to encourage students to explore their voices and develop their creativity.

Songtales: This is a listening activity where I sing a song that goes along with a picture book. This helps students develop their listening skills and appreciation for music. It also shows that music can tell a story.


For more information about “First Steps in Music,” you can go here