Week 8 – Photo update

While the music studio in Hepburn isn’t fully complete yet, most equipment is functional and so last week we were able to start introducing students to it.  In small groups students were able to hear a demo song that had been produced using the recording software and then experimented with creating and editing their own recording. Students seem excited and curious about what they can create themselves. Below, are some photos of students working with percussion instruments in Hepburn and Leask.         This week, I will be working on setting Hepburn and Leask school up with memberships to the…

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Week 7

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! This is a clip that was passed to me this morning and I think is a good stage setter as we create music this week. Students write Two Gun Cohen — ‘a really cool song’ ZoomBookmarkSharePrintListenTranslate Many aspiring musicians count themselves lucky if they can scrape together the cash to lay down a few tracks. Through a Saskatoon Public Schools songwriting program, some high school students are now professionally-artists, and they couldn’t be more pleased. “This class was just amazing. I’m a very musical person. It’s a huge part of my life.…

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Week 6 – The impact of rhythm

Last week was an exciting week of music! Here is a snapshot of some of things that classroom teachers are having success at so far: Grade 1/2: Rhythm call and response We have made this into a bit of a game for children. The children have to cover their eyes, which helps them focus on their sense of hearing. The teacher plays a simple and brief rhythm and then the students open their eyes and have to “say” the rhythm back, and finally play the rhythm using rhythm sticks. We used short key word phrases to help the students understand…

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