PreK/K: Features from Mrs. Burns's Music Classroom
On October 31, we hold our school’s annual Halloween Parade/Fall Music Festival. In years where we did not have a snow storm or a major hurricane that knocked out power for days on end, we usually have weather that is nice and we prepare our Fall Songs. The PreK/K sang six songs for this year’s parade.
In K and 1, the music educator and students can use the cloud-based software from MusicFirst called Groovy Music to create music. Consider this a “GarageBand” for younger students.
Using Groovy Shapes, music educators can reinforce shapes, colors and patterns while having the students create a song in a guided form. The students also experience musical terms such as dynamics, tempo, melodies, bass, chords, and more.
In kindergarten music class, we incorporate reading and identifying sight words in music literature. One of their favorite books is Eric Litman’s Pete the Cat. Last year, we performed two books from the series that emphasized singing, acting, math, and reading.
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In the spring, the PreK music classes prepare for a Grandparents’ Day Concert. This concert will feature a cross-curricular theme such as songs about numbers, or books, or around the world. Once the concert is completed, I introduce Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals.
When I teach the song H E A R T to the tune of Bingo, I use the app Explain Everything to assess the rhythm used in the song. The song is as follows:
These are two examples of my kindergarten classes performing their first melody on the Orff instruments. The melody comes from an old series of music curriculum, but any sol mi song would do.