Oct 31, 2013

New Music Rug!

I can't tell you how excited I was when this was delivered to school recently...

It was like Christmas morning! Not only will it help with classroom management, but it's a great teaching tool! It made me proud to hear kids saying things like, "Hey, I'm sitting on a fermata!" :) We can't wait to put it to good use this year!

I think they like it :)

Oct 11, 2013


Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students just completed Boomwhacker composition projects. Boomwhackers are colorful, pitched plastic tubes, and they're a lot of fun to play! Students were responsible for creating rhythm patterns, selecting the boomwhackers they wanted to use, and putting together a performance of their composition for the class. I was very impressed with the performances! There was a lot of creativity and great teamwork from our students in these projects. After all the groups performed, we watched the performances of our class. Each group reflected on their performance and completed a critique worksheet. I believe it's important for students to learn from their performances and discuss what went well, what they could have improved upon, etc. Overall, our students put a lot of thought and effort into their projects, which was evident in the performances. Well done, students!

Oct 3, 2013

First Grade is Moving to Music!

Our first grade students are learning about opposites in music. We have learned about fast/slow music, high/low sounds, and long/short sounds. Scarves provide a great visual for kids when learning these musical concepts. Here are some first graders in Mrs. Soni's class moving their scarves to music to demonstrate long and short sounds: 

After our first graders learn about long and short sounds, they are introduced to some basic rhythms. Pretty soon, they were creating their own rhythms and reading rhythms like experts! Students worked with a partner to create and notate rhythm patters with bendy straws. Mrs. Hilley's first graders were hard at work on their rhythms today:

Our first grade musicians are learning so much in music class!