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NFL Rap

Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 18, 2013

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Since I live in Indianapolis, the ending fits!  “Colts, Go Blue!”  But you can re-arrange it to fit YOUR needs!

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Some of the team rhythms can be changed to more naturally fit the way they are pronounced.  This is just how I laid them out.

HOW I USE THIS RAP!

1.  Rhythmic canon

2.  Rhythms quarter, two eighths, quarter rest

3.  Transferred to drums, adding ostinati

4.  Transferred to pitched percussion for improvisation

 

 

 

Posted in Canons/Rounds, Improvisation, Speech Pieces, Two eighths/Qt. | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

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 »

Valentine Game

Posted by lbbartolomeo on February 9, 2013

My K’s and 1’s LOVE this song/game!    

This game is sung to the tune of “This Old Man”.  “Valentine, valentine, won’t you be my valentine.  Number one, number two, number three it must be you.  Take my heart along with you!”

Students are in a circle and the leader holds a valentine in his/her hand and walks around the outside of the circle as everyone sings.  When they get to the numbers, the leader taps the head or back of the nearest student ONE, next student-TWO, next student-THREE and the third one gets the valentine.  At this point then there are two ways to play.  The new person can be the leader and the former leader takes the new leader’s place.  Or the way I play it is for the new leader to follow behind the original leader so that with each verse, the outer group creates a longer and longer line until all end up in the outer circle.

This song has

solfege:  SM, DRMFS, MRD               rhythms: two eighths, quarter, 4 sixteenths

Posted in 4 Sixteenths, DRMFS, MRD, SM, Two eighths/Qt., Valentine Game, Valentine's Day | Leave a Comment »

I Have A Dream

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 3, 2013

Simple Martin Luther King poem with ostinati!  How do you teach about MLK?  Please leave a comment to share.

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Posted in 6/8 meter, Improvisation, MLK | Leave a Comment »

Wrap Paper Rhythms

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 9, 2012

IMG_0210I looked for repeating pattern wrapping paper, cut them and arranged them into rhythms I liked, then laminated them.

To the RIGHT you will see Santa, candy cane, reindeer, tree. (2 eighths, 2 sixteenths/eighth, 2 eighths, quarter) Row two is penguin, snowman, reindeer, gift. (2 eighths, 2 eighths, 2 eighths, quarter)  In the fourth row I inserted blanks for quarter rests.

BELOW you see individually cut pictures so students can create their own patterns.

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Posted in Christmas, Holidays, two 16ths/eighth | Leave a Comment »

The Monster Mash

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 20, 2012

My students love this classic song.

The FORM:  Intro A B A B C A B A B A B Coda       All sections are 8- 4/4 measures.

A-verses, B-chorus, C-Bridge

Movement Idea: 

Start lying down. On Intro, slowly stand up, walk like Zombies on A and C, do hand jives on B, slowly lie back down on Coda.

Rhythm Band

The great steady beat makes it perfect for reading rhythms to rhythm band.

Primary can just keep a steady beat using different non-pitched percussion.

Intermediate can manipulate different given patterns for A, B, C.  I use these patterns:  4 quarter notes, 3 quarters and 1 quarter rest, quarter note quarter rest quarter note quarter rest, etc.

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Halloween Round

Posted by lbbartolomeo on October 18, 2012

Take the classic round “Ah Poor Bird”, which is minor and perfect for Halloween and change the words.     https://songwheel.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/batpumpkin.jpg?w=300

“Pumpkin eyes, glowing bright, bats and other creatures fly through the night.”

For movement, get in a circle and on macro beat take two steps in, two out, claw scratch up high twice w/right hand, twice w/left.

An alternate idea is two steps in, two steps out, then flap bat wings while stepping in a slow personal circle. (4 steps)

Here’s the music.

A Winter Version

       Winter wind, through the trees, snowing blowing weather can make you freeze!

MOVEMENT

Winter wind  (arms go sweeping to the front and up to shoulder level, then down)

Through the trees (repeat above motion)

Snowing blowing weather (arms straight over head with flutter fingers for the snow, arms slowly come down as it “snows”)

Can make you freeze. (rub arms like you are cold)

Posted in Canons/Rounds, half note, Winter | 1 Comment »

Rhythmic Building Bricks

Posted by lbbartolomeo on July 17, 2012

From my Orff classes and “Elementaria” by Keetman, I created what are called RHYTHMIC BUILDING BRICKS out of these foam cubes I found at Target in the $1 section.  I used a Sharpie to draw on the notes.

     Both sides have a rhythm so many combinations can be created.

     The bags are ideal for partners so in the tub at left, I have enough for a class of 34.

The blocks in the below picture are available for sale from Etsy!!!

BEAT BLOCKS - Rhythm building blocks that promote musical literacy

Posted in Foam Bricks, Manipulatives, Rhythms, Two eighths/Qt. | 5 Comments »

Dry Erase Rhythm Templates

Posted by lbbartolomeo on July 9, 2012

I plan for about 5% of my yearly curriculum to involve writing music in some form.  I insert a template into the plastic pocket,then students use dry-erase markers to fill in the template.

We practice “drawing” notes, taking rhythmic dictation, singing scales, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  Templates are generic so that I can use the same one for simple or compound meters.  Using the pictured “job tickets” has been highly effective because it involves no paper copies for every class.  The materials are all reusable once you have everything set up.  I do a quick visual assessment, then tell the students to erase their work and the insert is ready for the next class.

1.  Job Tickets are thick plastic pockets used to post information on job sites.  You can find the educational equivalent on education supply web sites, but I found the job tickets were cheaper.  Here’s an example.

2.  In the picture, there’s a bucket holding the dry-erase markers and erasers.  I just cut up little squares of felt for the erasers.

3.  Because the pockets are plastic on both sides, I load both sides so that we can do one activity on one side, and a different one on the other.

4.  Examples of rhythmic dictation.  Hot Cross Buns is an easy example.  Let’s say that the past two weeks we have been singing the song, playing the song, determining as a class the rhythm of the song.  On a subsequent day, we get out our plastic inserts and practice writing quarters, eighths, quarter rests, and half notes.  (middle template in picture)  Then we turn it over and I clap measure one of the song.  Students write it in box 1. (left template in picture)  Continue on with measure 2-4.  I walk around a visually assess then we determine the answers.  Using our answers (some have needed to make some corrections) we go back and speak it with our rhythms, clap it, speak it with words.

5.  More times than I can count, students say how much fun they are having doing this activity.

Downloads (you can substitute your own music fonts, I used musisync)

Template Blank and Notes Simple  (left and middle templates in picture)

Template Dry Erase Compound (not pictured)

Posted in DryErase Template, Manipulatives, Rhythms | Leave a Comment »

Yankee Doodle

Posted by lbbartolomeo on June 30, 2012

I love this song for a variety of reasons.  It’s a classic, kids love it, great quarter/two eighth note patterns, and it can be a jumping off point to talk about the Revolutionary War era.

Great Info Here       Wikipedia

Video

I LOVE this video from Sesame Street for kindergarten and first grade.  They giggle non-stop.

Audio

Books

So many cute versions.  This one has a trio of girls who are seen in every verse following the dashing young man around.  Kids get a kick out of it.  It goes through three verses.

Product Details  Illustrated by Amanda Haley

This book by Mary Ann Hoberman takes the story and embellishes it to the point that YD and friends open a restaurant called “Yankee Doodle’s Noodles”.  My kids loved it because of the silly word play, fun illustrations, and crazy characters such as a poodle.

Yankee Doodle (Sing-Along Stories)

Teaching Ideas

1.  It has a great steady beat so any activity related to beats, especially marching.

2.  It’s in AB, verse/refrain form so the opportunities for STEADY BEAT movement and non-pitched percussion play are endless.

March on A, turn to your partner and make up a movement for B

With partner do a non-locomotor movement on A, locomotor on B (or reverse it).

Play woods on A, metals on B.

Get in groups of four, everyone has  rhythm sticks and come up with a way to play on A and B.

3.  The verse has a beautiful rhythm of two eighths (6x) followed by two quarters to which you can sing whatever rhythm system you prescribe to.

ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ti-ti, ta, ta (repeat) then sing the more complicated chorus with lyrics.

As a class, notate it and sing the rhythms.

Take rhythmic notation in grades 2 and 3 on the verse rhythm.

Posted in AB, Movement, Patriotic, Rhythms, Songs, Two eighths/Qt., Verse/Refrain, Yankee Doodle | Leave a Comment »

 
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