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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.
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. 
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.
Pupils 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.
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. 
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.
Say, sing, and clap out the rhythm to the musical pattern provided in this Orff arrangement. Instructions lead your class in a structured music lesson, focused on rhythm, timing, and playing Orff instruments. 
Keeping time and rhythm are a major part of learning to play in a music ensemble. Second grade musicians read and sing pitch while practicing the rhythm of the song, "Here Comes Sally." Orff instruments and the text, Spotlight on Music are used for this lesson. 
Playing percussive instruments is fun! It also helps kids understand music instruction, rhythm, and playing together. The class uses Orff instruments to practice, then performs the song, "Achshav." The songs for this and other lessons like this are found in the text, Spotlight on Music.
Third graders play an old song using Orff instruments and direct instructions. They follow along as they are taught the proper pattern, hand positioning, and playing techniques. 
Using their Orff instruments, your third graders can learn to play as a music ensemble. They work together and in small groups to practice melody, harmony, and rhythm for the song, "Spring Has Come." This lesson is intended for use with the text, Spotlight on Music.
Using or switching from left to right hand when playing any instrument is a skill that needs a lot of practice. Kids practice clapping and switching hands while they play the song, "Cotton-Eye Joe" on their Orff instruments. 
Practice makes perfect, right? And practice is just what fourth graders will do as they pat the rhythm to the song, "Water Come a Me Eye." They echo the musical pattern using voice and body percussion, then play the tune on their Orff instruments.
Mirroring is the teaching technique used to instruct learners in this music lesson. They mirror the patted rhythm as it is done by the teacher, they work to create a rocking sound with the way they create rhythm and play their Orff instruments. This lesson is to be used with the text, Spotlight on Music.
Imagine your fourth grade class playing Orff instruments like pros. They can with a little structured practice! They read, sing, then play the song "Bambo Flute," focusing on keeping rhythm and pitch. This lesson is intended for use with the text, Spotlight on Music.
Budding musicians practice keeping rhythm, playing  Orff instruments, and following musical orchestration. They work as a team to play the song "Roll on, Columbia" while keeping time. There are specific instructions for each type of instrument played in the piece. 
Get out those Orff instruments, because your class is going to play the song, "Johnson Boys." They practice rhythm and pitch by clapping along with the teacher, then use their instruments to play the song in small groups and as an ensemble. The song is not included, but can be found in the text, Spotlight on Music. 
A structured 6th grade music lesson - who could ask for more? Students practice reading music notation, playing their parts, and playing together as a group. This lesson is intended for use with Orff instruments and the McMillan/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music. 
Play music with your class. Using Orff instruments and arrangements they learn to play the melody of a song, first in parts then as a group. This lesson is intended for use with the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.
You've found some instructional ideas on how to teach music, using Orff instruments. The class practices rhythm, melody, and harmony as the play each part of the song. For use with the Mcmillian/Mcgraw-Hill text, Spotlight on Music.

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