This week, some of our classes earned their reward day! At the beginning of every class, I write the word "MUSIC" on the board. As long as everyone is doing their job, we keep the letters on the board. If it starts to get a little wild in the room, or we are having trouble re-focusing, we might lose a letter. But...we can always earn the letter back if we are kind, do our jobs and are respectful! The goal is to have all the letters on the board at the end of the class. If we do that, we get a sticker. When we fill up our sticker chart, we get something AWESOME!!
Four classes earned their reward this week. Each class voted for a game for the end of class. Some classes chose freeze dance (my personal favourite!) and the other two classes chose a game called "Wax Museum".
I am very proud of the effort the students have put into practicing and perfecting our routines. It takes lots of patience (for the students and the teacher), but it is worth it. I am excited for everything we can accomplish in arts education this year in a calm and respectful classroom environment!
At the beginning of every class, we go through a series of warm up songs and routines. One of my favourite poems is called, "This is My Speaking Voice". It is an excellent opportunity for students to learn the difference between singing and spoken voices.
"This is my Speaking Voice" (from Music Play by Themes and Variations)
This is my speaking voice.
I use it every day.
This is my whisper voice.
It's quieter this way
This week, students are experimenting with singing a response to a song. This can be nerve-wracking (singing alone in front of the entire class!), so to make it less frightening, I always sing along with the student. Some children ask to do it alone, and then eventually the other students want to try it by themselves as well! These experiences are helpful to develop a child's singing voice and musical ear.
Next week, students will be introduced to "Melody the Elephant". I can't wait!
I can use my singing voice!
One of my goals each year is to see how quickly I can learn all the names of every student I teach. This year is no exception! We are having fun with different name games, chants and songs like the Cookie Jar Chant and the poem below:
(from Music Play by Themes & Variations)
Listen as I play the beat
Gee this drum sounds really neat!
This is such a silly game,
Sit down when you say your name.
My name is _______,
My name is _______,
I play a steady beat on the drum and each student says, "My name is ______", fitting into the drum beat. I was amazed how quickly all the students picked up and performed with confidence, all while maintaining a steady beat!
I can keep a steady beat!
I am really excited to work with six different groups of students this year:
I am looking forward to a great year filled with lots of singing, dancing and having fun :)
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School