Candy Cane Composition is a great class activity for this time of year. Your energetic students will all participate in creating a chance composition, have the opportunity to read rhythms and play one of their favorite classroom instruments!
"Parents, do you feel that music is an important part of your child's education?" I would love to hear your perspective.
I look forward to hearing from anyone who has or has had a child participate in public school music opportunities!!
I adapted my seating chart to include three general areas of assessment. I have a (4321) rubric I use for each different skill set. If a student is absent I just mark AB where the assessment should have been. This has helped me to be more organized and accurate. Having the charts made up in advance helps with sub plans as well.
Our student chorus included students from Hamilton and SOTA I Elementary Schools. All of the students enjoyed making masks and preparing songs for the event. Although some students are still not sure they enjoy opera, I know they've had an opera experience. It is amazing how the opera company can turn the gym/lunchroom into a performance venue.
Check out these recordings of Hamilton/SOTA I students. The songs are what we shared with the veterans on Veteran's Day.
This is the first year I have tried to put together a Veteran's Day assembly for our students. It was decided with my principal that it would be a small assembly for the students, by the students. We do have a few Veterans coming to speak to our students.
I had a tough time selecting music. Teaching in both charter and public schools (under one roof), it is sometimes difficult to make decisions. There can be controversy with regard to which lyrics are appropriate for all students. With respect to all religions and personal beliefs I finally made a decision.
I looked back to when I was a student in elementary school. I tried to remember what patriotic songs we learned, and my response to them. One of my favorites was "America." I remember thinking that some of the words were new to me. As I became more familiar with the meaning of the lyrics, I became more proud of America. So, as my students are singing "America," I hope they will feel a sense of pride in our country as well. These musical experiences can help students become more connected with the stories of history.
Our National Anthem is another patriotic song I remember learning. I only learned one verse and didn't become aware of the others until much later in life. The entire poem is full of historical details and with such descriptive text. I remember the phrase, "purple mountain majesties," and how I would imagine those purple mountains so vividly as we sang. I still love the color purple...
There are just some songs all students should learn at some point in their life. I do not believe that I am telling students how to feel, but rather giving them the experiences
Check out this site when you are looking for extra music fun for the younger students. These free work sheets address just one specific concept at a time. The thematic graphics make the work festive and entertaining!