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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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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 »

Zimbabwe Marimba

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 17, 2013

MUSIC

I use Walt Hampton’s Marimba books for Zimbabwe-type xylophone pieces.  The kids LOVE them.  Here’s one of them.

BACKGROUND VIDEO

This is a school in Zimbabwe with music and dance.  I think it’s really fascinating and the kids learn so much from it!

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P*E*A*C*E

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 17, 2013

Dr. King, he had a dream, he had a dream for all you see.
P-E-A-C-E, P-E-A-C-E, P-E-A-C-E
His name was Martin Luther King!

On the board, I put this visual, erasing one letter after each verse!  Works great!
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1.  We already know the song BINGO so this switch is not hard.

2.  Once we sing it as a group, as a group we replace the clap with something else.

3.  We take suggestions which usually are; snap, pat, stomp, hit our chairs, cluck our tongues, etc.  We vote on which one we want to do and do the NEW sound/motion as a class.

4.  The next class, partners or small groups choose a new sound/motion and then we sing as a class.
There are so many fun possibilities.  You can ask the groups to choose a motion, a sound, an instrument, a leveled motion (high, middle, low).

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Black Hist. Music Survey

Posted by lbbartolomeo on January 14, 2013

We have a Black History Celebration Concert every year and this year I want to get some song suggestions from the families of my students.  Here is the survey I’m sending home.

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I always start the unit by putting up genre cards on the board in no particular order and have the students try to order them chronologically.  My programs usually consist of songs from 5 or 6 of the genres.  The results will be posted on our school Cultural Competency Blog!

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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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Carnival of the Animals

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 29, 2012

How do YOU teach this piece?  PLEASE share in the COMMENT section!

What a great way to highlight movement for this great piece with these masks!

MOVEMENT

March fun

ANIMALS

  1. Introduction and royal march of the lion
  2. Hens and Roosters *
  3. Wild asses
  4. Tortoises
  5. Elephants *
  6. Kangaroos
  7. Aquarium *
  8. People with long ears
  9. Cuckoo in the heart of the woods
  10. Aviary
  11. Pianists
  12. Fossils
  13. The swan
  14. Finale

*Most popular for kids

BOOK

https://i0.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/_a-KdOb1Q7UI/TQEuh3UnWFI/AAAAAAAAAyY/WjmTdH1Qnjs/s1600/CarnivalAnimals.jpg Adorable book by Jack Prelutsky

TEACHING IDEAS

I’ll be adding specific forms for Elephants, Aquarium, and Hens/Roosters.

How do YOU teach this piece?  PLEASE share in the

COMMENT section! 

Posted in Carnival of Animals, Classical Music, Masks, Movement | 2 Comments »

12 Days of Christmas

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 13, 2012

the12daysofchristmasI LOVE pop-up books.  This is a fascinating book with beautiful pop-ups of the twelve days.  I use it in grades K and 1.  We begin by counting to twelve, then backwards from 12.  I sing the song slowly as I unfold each page.  The repetition of this cumulative song in combination with the book really cements the song.

Author:  Robert Sabuda

The below video is wonderful because it has bold, large-scale characters and has lyrics included.  It’s the perfect combo with the above book.

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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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Proud

Posted by lbbartolomeo on December 4, 2012

The Kenya Rock Star Madness Band came to our school, part of a promotional tour highlighting the new Kenya dolls.  Our students loved their program and their song “Proud” which has a positive message about pride, doing well in school, etc.  I’m going to use this song for our Black History Month concert.  The song and karaoke are available on iTunes!

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