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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Week 5 – Goodbye September!

I am always happy to see the end of September. Normally this has been one of the wildest months of the year for me as a past band teacher, however, in my new role, I don’t think it was any less wild. Last week I presented a report to the board with an update on the music eduction program. This is a program they are very interested in and excited about. I look forward to having opportunity this year at some point for them to see the results of what we are doing. Last week I also visited and participated…

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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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