Friday, January 18, 2013

Mrs. Asher-Williams: Do Re Mi

The second graders are working on alternating mallets while playing the C Major scale to the song, "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mrs. Platt's Class: Kinderpolka

Mrs. Platt's class was having such a good time dancing Kinderpolka I had to take a video!
They are exhibiting great beat, phrasing, and teamwork.  While this is a German folk dance, the kids are wearing Hawaiian leis.  They help the children see who their next partner will be.
This dance can be found in the book Step Lively by Marian Rose.

Mr. Johnson's Class: Step Bells

Mr. Johnson's class learns about melodic direction as they play the song, "The Snowman" from Spotlight on Music, Kindergarten

Mrs. Fonville's Class: "Pizzicato Polka" by Delibes

Mrs. Fonville's 3rd grade class was just one of the classes to experience this movement activity to "Pizzicato Polka" from the ballet Sylvia by Leo Delibes.  This activity was not only a great lesson in musical form, beat, and the term "pizzicato", but also a great review on telling time with an analog clock and the terms "clockwise" and "counterclockwise". 
This movement activity is from John Feierabend's Move It 2! collection