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Bell Horses

Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 26, 2017

IMG_5526This is a great song to teach SLS and quarter note/rest and eighth note pairs.  Here’s my process.

After learning the song by echo singing with a pat/clap steady beat pattern, I told the Ss the history of the song from the info I found HERE.  That info led me to have the students get in groups of 3 with two horses and a driver.  I cut lengths of rope for the reins that went around the torso area of the two horses in front, with the driver holding the ends behind. We trotted around the room after singing the song, with the idea that the horses had done their work for the day and were heading home.  We switched until everyone had been the driver.  Lots of giggles and fun!

  • The next music class we sang and clapped the rhythm, then partners got bells or other non-pitched metal percussion and played the rhythm as they sang.
  • The third music class, as a group, we sat at my large rhythm chart, and together determined the rhythm of the song.  How I made my chart is located HERE!

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  • The fourth music class, partners got a 16 beat template, an envelope with the necessary rhythmic icons, and then wrote the rhythm.  After a few minutes of them working on it, I clapped the first line, let them look at what they had, then I put it on my large chart for them to check and see if they were correct. I continued this method until all 4 lines were complete.  Then one partner touched the answers as the other partner clapped and sang the song.  They switched roles.

Here’s the version of Bell Horses that I use!

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BIG Rhythm Chart

Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 26, 2017

IMG_5528I needed a big chart for K-2 so that we could write song/rhyme rhythms.  I wanted something cheap! 🙂 I bought a black foam board (20×30″) at Dollar Tree, then added strips of thick paper such as card stock to form the pockets.  The actual rhythms are written on blank 4×6 note cards.  I laminated them but that isn’t completely necessary.

A foam board is about 20″ wide.  The pocket strips were cut to 20″ wide and about 2″ in height, and then I glued the strips on the left,right, and bottom edge, and then a vertical line about every 4.25″, enough room to slide a 4″ note card into.

Screen Shot 2017-08-26 at 10.51.54 AMThe glued bottom edge serves as a stop for the note card.  The red lines on the photo to the right show where I used glue.

 

 

 

This picture shows rhythmic icons, which required that I copied images onto the note cards.  This is what I use for the song “Bell Horses”.IMG_5526

 

Posted in Bell Horses, Quarter note, quarter rest, Rhythm Chart, Stuff, Two eighths/Qt. | 1 Comment »

In and Out (chant)

Posted by lbbartolomeo on August 19, 2017

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A great chant to teach quarter note, quarter rest, and beat bonding!

  1.  Echo speak each line of the chant as you keep a pat/clap beat.  The 2 part pat/clap beat is preferable over a single body percussion choice (patting, clapping) because it forces the children to NOT disregard the rests!
  2. Getting young children to pass a ball or bean bag to a beat is challenging.  The following method has worked so well for me.  Sit in a circle and give everyone a number, with the teacher having the LAST number.  This means you are sitting between the last student number and the number 1 student.
  3. Explain to the students that the ball has to be in their hands on THEIR number.  (If someone passes it too slowly or too quickly, you can explain why they didn’t have possession of the ball on their own number)

    Using numbers reinforces steady beat, so students aren’t inclined to HOLD the ball or RUSH the ball.

  4. With students’ eyes on the person with the ball, which in the beginning is YOU, they clap and speak “1” when you hand it to the child next to you.  This is an important step because it forces them to watch who has the ball, to know when to begin.  They continue counting and clapping until the ball gets back to you.  I like to do this step twice to solidify the idea that everyone has a number (beat).  If all goes well after two practices, go on to the next step.  If not, repeat again.
  5. This time, tell the Ss to THINK the numbers as they clap.
  6. The final step is to begin passing the ball as you say the chant.
  7. The student who has the ball on the last word “out”, is out, gives the ball to the next person, and leaves the circle to go get a non-pitched percussion instrument to play the beat.  I have them sit a couple of feet behind their normal circle spot.
  8. Everyone is reminded to watch the person with the ball so that they know when to begin the chant again.
  9. In the beginning, most are chatting and having fun and aren’t watching, but I encourage the person with the ball to start anyway, and then I make a BIG deal about the people who clap the very first beat and say the first word of the chant!  This increases watchfulness GREATLY!  Then the game is totally student-directed with the teacher as an observer, assessor, and occasional referee! 🙂 You can SO easily mark a steady beat assessment watching this game!!!

If you want to see MORE great ideas about this chant, check out the information at one of my favorite sites-Beth’s Notes!

Rhythm Practice

I use a blank chart to prepare, present, and practice rhythms.

  1.  Present the 16 beats of the chant as students speak and pat/clap the chant, T pointing to the beats.
  2. Repeat, but this time have students only SPEAK the chant, discovering which beats have NO words on them.
  3. Change those into RESTS and speak with syllables of your choice.  I use “ta” and “sh”.
  4. Body Percussion—Clap on quarters, snap on rests.  How else could we do it?
  5. Movement—Step on quarters, jump on rests.  How else could we do it?
  6. Percussion—Everyone will get a percussion instrument and working with a partner, one will play the quarters and the other play the rests.  Pick an instrument for the rest that has a light sound.  Partners will practice and then share with the class.  After everyone has shared, have students share which instrument combo was their favorite and why they chose it.
  7. You could have students choose wood and metal combinations or combinations of their choice that weren’t in the same family.  Many options here.
  8. Have partners reverse what they played.  Question-Which was your favorite?  Why?

Making UP Rhythms

  1. There are 13 quarter notes and 3 rests in the chant.  Re-order the notes into a NEW piece.  Partners can work together and then perform for the class.  A great time to talk about measures and 4/4.

Rhythm Writing

  1. Write the rhythm of the chant using human notes!  16 students will lie down on the floor, 4 rows each with 4 beats.  Then the notes will “perform” the chant saying rhythm syllables and/or the words of the chant.  Those Ss watching will then take someone’s place and repeat the “performance”.
  2. Students take dry erase boards, paper/pencil, whatever you use, and write out the chant’s rhythm.  This is a great time to practice writing quarter notes and rests even before you write out the chant.  Students can then touch each beat saying the notes or the words of the chant to make the connection between what they see and what they hear.

 

 

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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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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 | 2 Comments »

 
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