Week Five

I had a great time last week being involved in a few music classes that got started. Thanks for having me be a part of it! Last week we saw Grade 1/2 get started by exploring hand percussion. We had a great time listening to sounds and then matching them. I was also in a grade 7 class which is exploring the idea of programmatic music, which is music that tells a story. The goal here is to learn about how music helps tell a story by listening to examples of music used in television and movies. Eventually students will…

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Week 4 – First music classes and tuning uke’s

What’s happening in our pilot school? Last week it was great to walk into Hepburn school and hear music. I followed the sound until I eventually came to a classroom of grade 1 students who were learning about patterns. The teachers creatively saw an opportunity to incorporate some music into the lesson. They were using some of the newly assembled Orff instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels) to play the patterns the teacher displayed to them.  It was an excellent way to use music to assist in learning and reinforce the lesson concepts. Throughout these past weeks as I have unpacked boxes and assembled things…

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Week 3 Approach Music As A Language

This morning I was once again reminded of how great of a musician Victor Wooten is, but he is also a teacher.  If you aren’t familiar with him, he is one of the greatest bassists out there right now and he has actually been to Saskatoon. Only a couple of years ago he was here performing with Bela Flek & The Flektones at the Sasktel Jazz Festival. In case you need a reminder, here is a youtube clip of Victor playing Amazing Grace as you’ve never heard it before. Today I watched a youtube TED talk of Victor Wooten speaking…

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