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Music Reading Readiness
First graders inquire about performing arts by conducting a musical performance in class. In this music appreciation lesson, 1st graders examine different sounds and identify their pitch, patterns and the instrument which created it. Students utilize an Orff instrument and demonstrate their knowledge of octaves by performing in class.
Using Garage Band to Enhance 2nd Grade Composition
Your second graders can become composers with a little help from the Garage Band software. You pre-select several drum, piano, and guitar loops for the groups to choose from, then they put them together following an ABA looping pattern. This lesson suggests using Orff instruments for learners to perform on as well as alternate performance ideas.
Learning AB Form: Music
Third grade musicians play Orff instruments while they learn about the AB Form. First they learn part A of a song, then they listen to when the song changes. After they understand the concept of AB form, they learn to play part B. Note: Several songs are mentioned but not included.
Applying Music to Literature
Kids explore music, history, culture, and literature in a multi-faceted lesson plan. They discuss how both historical and cultural contexts shape music, art, and literature, and then apply these concepts as they engage in a listening activity. They hear the story Drummer Hoff and listen to a related piece of music. When they hear the character they have been assigned, they beat a unique rhythm on an Orff instrument.
Fats Waller, Handful of Keys
Playing piano is great fun and playing jazz is even better. Kids watch a video of Fats Waller playing the song, "Handful of Keys," they then use either a piano key print out or Orff instruments to practice his signature stride piano technique. Five learning activities and several web links are included.
In My Little Motor Boat
First graders sing and play the song "In My Little Motor Boat" using triangles, tambourines, suspended cymbals, bass xylophones, bass marimbas, and the human voice. This lesson for the 1st grade uses the Orff method of teaching.
America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)
Pupils perform a song using correct rhythms, accurate pitches, and dynamic phrasing. They perform an accompaniment to "America" on Orff instruments.
First graders practice the song "Tinker, Tailor" using percussion instruments, Orff instruments, and their voices in this Music lesson for the 1st grade. The lesson is intended for use within an Orff unit of study and includes step-by-step instructions.
Rock the Rocky Road
Second graders keep a steady beat, pay attention to tempo and watch the conductor.
You've Got My Money!
Learners recall Orff instrument families and specific instruments so that they can put sound effects to certain words in a scary story to make it more interesting.
Mizuguruma: The Water Wheel
If your first graders can play Orff instruments, then this lesson could come in handy. They'll practice playing each part of the song, The Water Wheel in small groups and then as an ensemble. This lesson is for use with the text, Spotlight on Music.
First graders practice the musical idea of improvisation while singing and playing the song "Kari", or Wild Geese, in this 1st grade music instructional activity. Emphasis is placed on the use of Orff instruments and techniques in teaching each musical part.
"Sakura Sakura" And the Kumoijoshi Scale
Students investigate the musical culture of Japan and the use of the Kumoijoshi Scale in this lesson about global sound. Emphasis is placed on student improvisations and compositions using the scale and the use of Orff instruments in the classroom.
My Horses Ain't Hungry
Using Orff instruments and orchestration, learners practice playing various parts of the song, "My Horse Ain't Hungry." This lesson is specifically for the xylophone and glockenspiel, and includes some samples of sheet music.
Kaeru No Uta
First graders sing and play the song Kaeru no Uta, or the Frog Song, using Orff instruments which include soprano glockenspiels, soprano and bass marimbas, temple blocks, guiros, and bass xylophones. This lesson requires the use of the "Spotlight on Music" textbook series.
Exploring Tonal Memory in a One Computer Setting with Orff Instruments
Students listen to a made up melody sung by a classmate and sing it back. They discuss the outcomes as a class regarding what they did well when singing the short melody back. They then listen to a melody/pattern played on xylophone and sing back the pattern.
First graders experience quarter and eighth notes through song and rhyme and chant repertoire, and use appropriate rhythm syllables to identify and demonstrate quarter and eighth notes.
A Great, Crazy Sailor
Fourth graders become acquainted with the basic facts of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America through singing the following chant.
First graders learn quarter and eighth notes through rhyme and chants. In this rhythm lesson, 1st graders sing folk songs or chants while performing beat motions. Students learn quarter and eighth note rhythms and practice singing that rhythm.
Lesson 4: Behind the Movie Chicago
The elements of music and journalistic integrity in one lesson; What could be better? The class discusses journalistic approaches to better understand responsible reporting versus sensationalism. They watch the Act One from the film Chicago stopping to discuss the part tabloid reporters play in the story. They then analyze the song "All That Jazz," looking at scale, tone, and the use of triads. Sheet music and supplemental material links are included.