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Roses Are Red

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2013

This is a wonderful 6/8 Valentine activity for intermediate grades. 

Using the old poem “Roses are Red”, echo speak with body percussion until everyone knows it.

1.  Individuals improvise the poem on pitched percussion/recorders.  When we do this, we start with someone and just proceed all around the room.  I keep a little bass beat on the BX and play a little interlude between each child.  It is so much fun and the 6/8 of course is lilting and beautiful!

2.  Finish the melody activity-On xylophones have students learn DRMS, DRMS for the first two lines of the poem and then they create the melody for the last two lines.  We vote on our favorite and that becomes their class melody.  I usually do it in C pentatonic.  It would work well on recorders in G major.  OR, you could do LDRM in E minor on recorders for a fun and accessible way to finish a melody using the notes EGAB.

3.  Building bricks with 6/8-students brainstorm.  Three eighth note examples are valentine and chocolate.  Dotted quarter examples are love, heart, red, candy.  Put combos together in groups to create B, C, D, E, F, etc. sections in rondo form with #2 song as your A section.  Or pick favorite group creation as the B section for a more simple binary form.  These can be transferred to non-pitched percussion.

4.  If you’d like to explore writing poems in the style of “Roses are Red”, this Bruce Lansky site is awesome.

Roses are blue.
Violets are red.
If you agree,
You’ve got rocks in your head.

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Posted in 6/8 meter, AB, MRD, Rondo, Stuff, Valentine's Day, Xylophones | Leave a Comment »

Air Force Bakesale

Posted by lbbartolomeo on June 29, 2012

Do you remember this bumper sticker?

” It will be a great day when our schools get all the money they need

and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber.”

My dad was in the Army during WWII and I have the utmost respect for our armed services.  This is more about priorities with resources and the value of education.  Teachers use their own money and ingenuity to get the job done.  Those of us in urban districts don’t usually have a PTO to help us, either.

Here’s a fellow music teacher’s ingenuity at work.  She CONSTRUCTED her own xylophone carts!  GENIUS!!!

Posted in Instruments, Musings, Xylophones | Leave a Comment »

 
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