Thursday, October 28, 2010
This week we danced to "Tocatta and Fugue" by Bach, and the "Overture" to Phantom of the Opera while dancing with flourescent "magic" scarves in front of a black light. We also played the "drums" with glow-in-the-dark sticks to "Monster Mash". You can't beat Glow-in-the -dark for world-class fun!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
We're talking about pets this week. One pet we discussed was guinnea pigs. My kids had guinnea pigs for a while -- they even spent some time at school in the pre-k class with the kids each year. We talked about how guinnea pigs chew, chew, chew all day long. In fact, our guinnea pigs ate their house - twice. That was the inspiration behind the Mr. Guinnea Pig song.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The link to the song:
Hope it doesn't get stuck in your head like it did mine....
.... I love to ride my pony, giddy-up, giddy-up go! Grab a couple of cups and clip-clop along...
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
October 2009 - Wheels on the Bus
8/14/09 Shark Story - version #1
8/10/09 Shark Story - version #2
10/6/09 5 in the bed
10/13/09 5 Little Ducks
We'll have videos of this year's classes up next week!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Keep checking the blog over the summer - chances are I'll make my boys do some more video creations this summer.
The following week we learned about Saint Saens and his composition "Carnival of the Animals". We colored pictures of each of the animals, and then pretended to be lions, horses, elephants, kangaroos, birds, and fish, and we even went hunting for cuckoo birds in the forest.
hunting for cuckoo birds
Last week we learned about George Frideric Handel, who composed a piece titled "Water Music" for the King's party. The King wanted to have the party on a floating barge, but there wasn't enough room on the boat for the guests and the musicians. So, 2 barges floated side-by-side down the river - one full of dancing party-goers, and the other with Handel and an orchestra playing Handel's "Water Music".
We took turns being the musicians in the boat, playing instruments along to the "Water Music", while others of us were the waves lapping at the boat.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Next we pattern-mapped the song by listening to the distinct music phrasings, listening for those that repeat. We then pretended that we "drove a tractor", "rode a horse" or "milked a cow" in time with the music as we placed the shapes in order of the pattern of the song.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
The composer takes a piece of paper and an instrument and "writes" music by drawing 5 lines, and adding notes to the lines and spaces. We wrote our own music, and colored notes on a separate sheet which we then played on a xylophone to hear our creations.
We also learned about a famous composer, Chopin (pronounced "sho-pan") who was a composer of piano music. We played our pretend pianos to Chopin's "Minute Waltz", and looked at real music to see what the lines and notes look like.
The conductor takes a piece of music and leads musicians in playing it. We each took turns being the conductor (the rest of us played the handbells). The musicians had to watch for the conductor to start and stop the music, and to know when to play fast or slow, loud or soft. We ended with a big round of applause for everyone!
Friday, February 5, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
We've been talking about Groundhog Day in music this week. We learned that a famous legend tells that the groundhog can predict the weather by whether or not he sees his shadow. We learned this fun song and then pretended to be a groundhog poking his head out of his burrow after a long Winter of hibernating. See if you can predict if we'll have 6 more weeks of winter, or if spring will come early....
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Then we skated, made snow angels, rolled in the snow and pretended to throw snowballs at one another.
Freeze and melt along with us as we play "Freeze and Melt!"
We looked at pictures of real snowflakes (Snowflakes by Kenneth George Libbrecht).
We cut out snowflakes and danced to "We Are All Like a Snowflake" by Greg and Steve.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
We say "hello" in many different languages: source: www.wikihow.com/Say-Hello-in-Different-Languages. Certainly I am slaughtering the pronunciation, so bear with us. Feel free to let us know if you have other languages you'd like to share!
For more snowman singing fun try "Once There Were Some Snowmen", or "In the Sun They Melted" by InsideOut A capella. They sing versions of this preschool favorite in a variety of musical genres. The kids LOVE dancing along, and you'll enjoy all the musical memories from U2 to the Beach Boys and Kermit the Frog.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
We'll be doing all sorts of drumming activities in music this month.
This week we read Max Found Two Sticks, by Brian Pinkney (Aladdin, 1997). In the story, Max explores different kinds of instruments for tapping.
We talked about all the different things Max drummed on, and what they sounded like.
As you read the book, be sure to watch for how Max responds to each person's question, and the only word Max actually utters.
Then we pulled out our "claves" (music sticks) and tapped along to Hap Palmer's "Tap Your Sticks" from his album Rhythms on Parade (you can download this on itunes, or off amazon). ("Woodpecker" is another fun Hap Palmer drumming song).
Then, we spread out several different kinds of things like boxes, milk jugs, pans, tinfoil, etc. around the room and took turns tapping along to music on each "instrument", just like Max.
You can pick up your own sticks (like Max), or use pencils, spoons, chopsticks, dowels, etc. and tap around the house. See how many different kinds of sounds you can find!
Watch for more drumming activities each week this month!