Summer is coming SOON and we are about to embark on our last round of STAAR testing. The kids are antsy. So are the teachers. So, what better to do than drum?
Last week, my 3rd-5th grade classes started doing various World Music Drumming exercises along with a really cool drum playalong that I made up to go with the song, "Wavin' Flag." If you would like to use it with your kids, go ahead. However, if you choose to share it with others, please give me credit. :)
In listening to the recording you will hear this form: Intro /A/ transition /B...
For further guidance, here are some cues for each section:
Intro: This is obvious. It is short.
A: Begins with "Ohhh Ohhh Oh Ooo Ohhhh Ohhh Ohhh Oh"
Transition: Begins with "Singing forever young..."
B: Begins with "When I get older..."
Here's what you play:
A: TOP SIDE SIDE SIDE :|| The rhythm is | | | | . You can say "boom click click click" as a guide or even just say "top side side side."
(Top of drum and sides of drum, with your hands OR sticks. Sticks are always better!)
Transition: Click sticks in the air on the upbeats.
B: TOP TOP CLICK REST:|| The rhythm is | | | z . This will sound like the playalong to "We Will Rock You."
You do NOT need drumsticks to play this! I only have the students use sticks on my Remo tubanos. Our djembes, doumbeks, etc. have too thin of a drum head to tolerate sticks, so those students use their hands and slap the sides of their drum or clap their hands in the air. It should be the same motions, just with sticks or no sticks. Then, allow the students a chance to switch so that everyone gets to experience using the sticks.
The version of Wavin' Flag that works best is "Wavin' Flag (Coca-Cola Celebration Mix)."
Look at this! I found a parachute for 12.99! These things are usually MUCH more expensive. I know the one we have in our music room cost something like 3 or 4 times as much. This was at Michael's. if you are a music teacher, you need to run out and grab some of these. And parents, your kids would LOVE to have one! I promise!
Now that the 2nd grade musical is over, I am on a roll! I cranked out two new anchor charts yesterday. Here they are in all of their glory. My students have really gotten used to using the info on the walls of my room to help them understand concepts. I have noticed hands go up, eyes move to an anchor chart, then hands go DOWN when they realize they were able to find the answer to their question. Cool!
Here is the recorder anchor chart I made today. As we start Recorder Karate, these are things that students will need to master. Eventually, all of these things will be automatic for them! If not, they will always have this to refer to! Hooray for anchor charts!
Buckle your seat belts! This week, 4th graders started Recorder Karate! This is the 11th year I have taught this method and I love it more each year.
I will get into more detail about how I teach it and what the students are working on throughout the year, but I thought I'd show the snazzy bulletin board that I made to track their progress. Kids like to practice and test during their recess time, so I always post the music and a fingering chart on the wall. This year, I also included the recorder graphs from the Rhythm and Glues blog to track each class' progress and encourage a little positive peer pressure. :)
More to come!
Want an easy lesson idea that incorporates singing a major scale using solfege? Here it is! Last week, 3rd graders learned the song, "Over the River and Through the Wood." We set up the hand chimes in a C major scale matching the pitch syllables on our music rug (one of the reasons I LOVE our rug!). Students sang a descending scale to create harmony and also added the chimes. The pattern goes like THIS:
Do' Ti La So Fa Mi Re Re Do' Ti La So Fa Mi Re Do
Fun and reinforces the standards. SCORE!
If you don't have fancy hand chimes like the ones in the picture (ours are Schulmerich) you can use regular tone chimes, melody bells or even your Orff instruments.
Our second graders just began learning the songs for their grade level program, "It's a Jungle Out There!". The students are excited and so am I! Here is a description of the show from the publisher:
King Leo is a victim of the corporate jungle! He has money, power, and fame, but he still has not found happiness. His trusty servants, Spot and Stripes, ever loyal to the King, begin a quest for the key to happiness. Do the monkeys have the answer? Or maybe the hyenas? Perhaps the secret lies with the elephants. Who knows? This heartwarming musical play will help your students see that the true meaning of happiness is not money, power and fame, but treasured friendships and life's simple pleasures.
I love how the musical ties in with our school's emphasis on character. It is sure to be an experience the students will remember for a lifetime! The show will take place on Thursday, January 31st at 7:00 pm in the NPE gym. Hope to see you there!