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Fall Favourites from Musicplay - Week 3

This week we will feature a spooky song called “Bats” from Musicplay Grade 4.  This is a great song because it does not reference Halloween, so all your students can participate in the fun activities.

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Fall Favourites from Musicplay - Week 2

This week we will feature the song “Fall Leaves” from Musicplay PreK.  As I write this newsletter in Calgary, Alberta, I am in the midst of a blizzard and around 15 inches of snow on the ground.  We may have missed our chance to sing about fall leaves and might have to move on to snowmen!

Falling Leaves 

Song 19 from Musicplay PreK Part 1 (Fall)

Grade Level:

Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 2

Objectives:

  • Create and improvise movement to show high and low. I can create movement to show high and low.
Materials Needed:
  • Class set of juggling scarves or fabric leaves. Both these items can be purchased on Amazon.
  • Projectables of lyrics from Musicplay Digital Resource or Musicplay Online Subscription (Optional)

 

Process:

  1. Teach the song by rote or immersion. The projectables are available in the Musicplay Pre K Digital Resource.  They are also available from a subscription to www.musicplayonline.com.
  2. Create Movement:
    1. Have the students create movement with scarves to accompany the song. While singing, I suggest they stand in place and move the scarves to show the way the melody goes. During the instrumental section the students love to toss their scarves in the air.
    2. If a recording is not available to use duing the improvise section, play a steady beat on a piano or metallophone on the note D. Experiment with playing high D and low D so students can show high and low with their scarves/leaves.

Literature Connection:

Title: “The Leaf Man”  Author: Lous Ehlert
  • Add the song “Fall Leaves” after it says, “the leaf man only goes, where the wind blows...”.

Extension:

This extension works well for your students in Grade 1 and 2 who are learning more rhythmic concepts:
  • Present the words “Red”, “Yellow”, and “Brown” (either make up cards or write on the board). Place the word cards under a “beat heart” and ask students to identify if the words are one sound or two sounds, then “ta’s” or “ti-ti’s”.
  • Create a 4 beat pattern using the word cards as a class. Add non-pitched percussion instrument for the different words and practice the patterns as a class. Make sure to repeat the pattern 2 times to make it sound finished.
  • Use this as a B section for the song “Fall Leaves”.
  • This activity also works well with the song “Falling Leaves” from Musicplay Grade 2.
Fall Favourites from Musicplay - Week 1

Fall Favourites from Musicplay - Week 1

As the weather cools and the leaves change, you can’t help but feel that fall has arrived. This week we're featuring song 25. Five Fat Turkeys from Musicplay. Read the blog post for all the activities you can do with this song!

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Whole Class and Individual Rewards

Whole Class and Individual Rewards

When it comes to classroom management, we should try to shift our focus to recognizing the positive behaviors in the music room. Instead of rewarding students with treats or prizes, reward students with something musically authentic that correlates to the curriculum.

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Top 4 Classroom Management Tips

Top 4 Classroom Management Tips

Check out these great classroom management tips! Every classroom is different here are a few tips to get your school year started off successfully! You'll find free printablebehavior notes at the end of this blog post!

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Tempo in Musicplay

Tempo in Musicplay

Teaching tempo is a tricky thing. The most effective way to teach tempo is by teaching songs with a variety of tempos. PreK - Grade 1 students learn to distinguish between fast and slow. From Grade 2 on, the Italian tempo terms are introduced, and we continue reviewing, reinforcing, and using a variety of tempos in the songs we teach. Listening to and identifying a variety of tempos are also fundamental to teaching tempo.

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Beat and Rhythm in Musicplay

Beat and Rhythm in Musicplay

Beat and Rhythm are fundamental to the development of young musicians. We have many songs that focus on beat and rhythm in Musicplay. Almost all of these songs have an interactive beat and rhythm activity that is sequenced to teach beat and rhythm. Many of the songs also have a beat and rhythm worksheet package that follows the interactive beat and rhythm activity. 

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Vocal Development in Musicplay

Vocal Development in Musicplay

Denise has compiled a great list of songs for PreK - Grade 6 that focus on vocal development. Plenty of name games, welcome songs, and mixer games are sprinkled throughout Musicplay. The songs can be used as warmups and many can be used to assess solo singing.

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