At the beginning of every class, we practice different routines like echo songs, a dance of the month and maintaining a steady beat. A new challenge in Grade 1 and 2 is keeping a steady beat while patting and clapping with a partner.
There are many reasons hand clap exercises are great for young musicians. Coordination, self-control and practicing rhythm and beat. I recently read an article that perfectly describes why hand clap games are so awesome! Click here to read "20 Reasons I Love Hand Clap Games".
Here are some photos of Mrs. Rempel's Grade 1 students mastering their hand clap skills:
In Grade 2, we continued our quarter note and eighth note practice by reinforcing the difference between "ta" (quarter note) and "ti-ti" (eighth note pair). The added bonus is we get to have a literacy focus while practicing new rhythm notes!
This week in Mrs. Pankewich's Grade 2 class, we started our work on identifying quarter notes, eighth notes and quarter rests. The students tested their detective skills to find all the quarter notes in the picture and find a secret picture. Here are some happy students who found the secret happy face!
This week in Ms. Selimos' Grade 1/2 class, we listened to different musical selections and discussed different questions like:
-how does the music make you feel?
-if the music was in a movie, what would the movie be about?
-what colours or pictures do you "see" when you listen to the piece?
Our selection this week was the Overture from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn. A lot of students made connections with different places and movies. As an exercise, I asked the students to write and draw what about the music. Check out their ideas below!
This week, the Grade 1/2 class learned how to recognize, write and perform quarter notes (ta), eighth notes (ti-ti) and quarter rests (rest). We practiced different rhythmic patterns as a class using our rhythm words like ta and ti-ti and also clapped the patterns. The students showed me what they learned by practicing how to write and recognize the notes!
I can: perform simple rhythmic patterns
Every month, we will learn a new dance of the month. The dance has a few purposes - to give students a chance to get up and move at the beginning of our class, and to practice new dance skills.
This month, the focus is on finding and maintaining the beat. We are also getting more comfortable and aware of personal space, and using the general space available to us in the room. Of course, there is always a chance to do some free dance to explore new moves and have some fun!
This month, the dance is to "My Way" by Calvin Harris.
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School