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
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!
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School