Hey everyone! I really miss seeing you all in music class and chorus. In the meantime, here are some music activities you can do:
1. Teach a song
Pick a song from music class or chorus and teach it to a family member. It can be a warm-up song from the beginning of class or any other song we've done. Here are some ideas:
Warm-ups: Stand Up to Sing, Hello There, Hello Everybody, Chocolate Cookie, Blow a Bubble Bubblegum, One Bottle of Pop, Someone's Swipin' my Soda Pop Cans, Chumbara, Happy Friday, Dum Dum Ditty
Chorus warm-ups: Sing Legato, Staccato is Short, Boogie Down Chant
1st grade - A Different Beat ("Every place that you go..."), Shine Shine Shine, The Little Green Frog, Fruits and Vegetables
2nd grade - Heigh Ho, Gonna Have a Good Time, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Ayelivi
3rd grade - Hello to All the Children of the World, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, Chicken on a Fence Post
4th & 5th grade - songs from chorus
2. Draw a Song
Pick a song, close your eyes, and listen to it. Then, play the song again and draw a picture that you think fits the music.
3. Write a Rhythm
Get some scrap paper, compose a rhythm, and perform it! You can sing it, use body percussion (taps, claps, stomps, etc.) or create an instrument (for example, tap an empty plastic container with a spoon). Here is a list of rhythms that Mr. Boden has taught between 1st and 5th grade: Rhythms
4. Listening Journal
Pick a song that you like and listen to it! On a piece of paper, answer the following:
Tempo: How fast is it? Adagio - slow, Andante - a "walking" speed, Allegro - fast, Presto - very fast
Genre: What type of music is it? (ex. rock, classical, jazz, etc.)
Instruments: What instruments do you hear? You can name it by families (string, woodwind, brass, percussion) or specific instruments.
Dynamics: What is the volume? When and how does it change? p - quiet, mp - medium quiet, mf - medium loud, f - loud, crescendo - getting louder, decrescendo - getting softer
Mood: What are the feelings/emotions of the song?
You can also do this activity with a sibling or a parent... each person picks a different song!