I’m sharing some fun and fabulous Music Class Freebies with you this week. If you’re like me, you’re in the middle of practicing and performing music concerts and programs. Sometimes it’s nice to get a fresh idea for a lesson that’s easy to pull together and get students engaged quickly. I feel like it’s a great week to play games. I sit down in the circle and ask my students to look around at the other students. Each one of us is a “star” in the music room. Then, everyone get’s very quiet. I remind students that we play games in music class to learn music-but also show our classmates that we like them-that they are part of our music class community and together we work hard to make music. Everyone nods their head and I smile. “So let’s play a game! I’m going to need everyone to be the best listener ever today because I have a few surprises up my sleeve that I’m going to reveal if you are able to play the game cooperatively.” I find that this conversation set’s the stage for a more successful playing time. I do change the words and tone according to the grade level, but I’m sure you get the idea.
Students will create a personal composition and make a cute Valentine’s Day Card for their classmates. Use this fun and creative activity for Valentine’s Day as a way to help students make friends in the Music Room.
They will compose a short melodic phrase and then share it with a buddy. Or, you can have them use it s a card for a special person in their life.
You can brainstorm with students about “friendship” words and their “sounds on the beat”.Students will choose a word and compose a melodic phrase. Share them as a class or use for a performance opportunity.Use this as an opportunity to build notation skills. Working on so-mi? Ask students to compose using those notes. If you want to use it for Kinders and First Grade? Ask them to use Heart shapes or dots for their notes.
RHYTHMS AND SINGING
VALENTINE’S DAY MUSIC ACTIVITIES
It includes three Music Activities for grades K-2.
1. Five Little Valentines
2. Love Somebody- Teaching Purpose: Singing together, beat, quarter note, eight notes, playing on instruments.
2. Valentine’s Rhythm Match- Teaching Purpose: Match words to rhythmic patterns. Curriculum connections- ELA (syllables, Valentine’s Day vocabulary).
3. Which one did I play? – Teaching Purpose: Reading rhythmic patters. Recognizing rhythmic patterns by listening.
If you’re interested, I have several games for sale in my store-but this one is my favorite:
It’s a great game to encourage improvisation, or use as an assessment, or just practice rhythmic and melodic phrases. You’ll find the sheet music, teaching pages and Vocal and Accompaniment Tracks included.
Here’s the link to all FEBRUARY MUSIC RESOURCES
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