Monday, October 26, 2015

Tennis Ball Rhythms

To go along with our Rhythm unit, 4th and 5th graders have been talking about subdividing and how music note values are related to fractions.

Classes have really enjoyed this tennis ball rhythm activity! Each note has a different movement that goes with it to represent that note value. It helps to reinforce steady beat, how the notes are related to each other, and how they fit in the measure. Here are some pictures of the students practicing:

Whole Note: tennis ball goes around the body in a large circle for 4 counts
Half Note: bounce tennis ball for 1st count and catch ball for 2nd count
Quarter Note: toss the tennis ball up and catch on each beat
Eighth Notes: toss the ball back and forth between each hand on each half beat

You can find this activity here on YouTube:

(In addition to "Stars and Stripes," I have the students try the activity with a variety of styles)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Oh Opposites!

First graders at HSES have been working on a musical opposites unit! They have learned about loud/soft (quiet), fast/slow, high/low, and long/short. They have had so much fun doing various games and activities to help them identify these changes in music. Here are a few pictures of our fun...

After hearing a fast/slow story about a school bus, students move their buses fast and slow to the music.
After learning about fast and slow music, students participate in a quick check assessment.
Learning about loud and soft -  boys pretend to be grizzly bears hibernating

... and wake up when the song gets loud!

And then the girls get to be the grizzly bears!
So. Much. Fun! :)
Using scarves as paintbrushes - painting long and short sounds
Using sticks to play "violins" when they hear long sounds...
... and playing "drums" for short sounds.
Pretending scarves are taffy - stretching them out to long sounds.