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Higher Than a House

Posted by lbbartolomeo on April 28, 2018

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  1.  Read some riddles to get in that riddle mood! 🙂  (See below)  End with “Higher Than A House”, but don’t let them guess the answer yet.
  2. Learn Higher Than a House rhythm w/patschen w/clap on last word “be”.
  3. S step beat as they speak the riddle.
  4. Add the pat rhythm as move around the room. Call on one person to guess an answer.  S repeat that answer 4 times then continue stepping beat/patting rhythm.  T notates answers in a long list as they move.  Try not to stop between answers.Screen Shot 2018-04-28 at 10.54.15 AM
  5. After 8-10 guesses, class puts guesses in rhythm bricksScreen Shot 2018-04-28 at 10.45.05 AM
  6. Class creates a 4 beat riddle answer.  I like to repeat it to match the length of the riddle. Say it w/added BP and perform ABA form.  Here’s an example.

    Harry Potter, golden eagle, airplane, cloud

  7. Create 4 beat answer combos in groups of 4.  Again, you may want them to repeat their pattern.
  8. Share and T corrects any rhythm problems
  9. Perform in rondo.  A=class speaks riddle, B, C, D, etc. group answers.  ABACADA…

EXTENSIONS

  1.  Improvise melodies on xylophones.
  2. Create a class melody.
  3. Add “answer” ostinati such as “airplane cloud”, “Harry Potter planet”.
  4. Take class melody to the riddle rhythm that becomes the A section to a rondo form where the B, C, D etc are individual improvisations on the rhythm.
  5. I usually play the bordun on a bass to keep us all together.  If you wanted to perform it, a student could certainly take over the bass part.

At some point in the lesson, I reveal the answer to the riddle!  A STAR!

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 Riddles

Higher than a house, higher than a tree.  Oh, whatever can it be?

– a star

What does a cat have that no other animal has?

– Kittens.

What has two heads, four eyes, six legs, and a tail?

– A cowboy riding his horse.

What always sleeps with its shoes on?

– A Horse.

What is as big as an elephant, but weighs nothing at all?

– The shadow of an elephant.

What fur do we get from a Tiger?

– As fur away as possible! –

Why do dragons sleep all day?

– They like to hunt Knights.

What can honk without a horn?

– A goose.

What has a horn but does not honk?

– A rhinoceros.

 

What two keys can’t open any doors?

– A Donkey, and a Monkey.

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Posted in Improvisation, Quarter note, quarter rest, Speech Pieces, Two eighths/Qt., Xylophones | Leave a Comment »

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.

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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