May 11, 2014

Recorder Karate

Recorder Karate was a huge success this year! Our fourth and fifth grade students participated, and they worked hard to earn their belts! Recorder Karate is a curriculum that uses "belts" as motivation for students to learn and play increasingly difficult pieces on the recorder.
A recorder with belts
The students will practice and practice to earn those belts! I allowed students to come and test for belts in the mornings this year, and I had a long line pretty much every morning. I was very impressed with our motivated musicians here at MBES! When students earned their belts, they got to sign their names on our display in the hall. We ended up with quite a few signatures!

We had several students earn their black belts this year - the most difficult of all the belts! Congratulations to our black belt students. Way to go!!




Weather is Full of the Nicest Sounds

Our 2nd and 3rd graders have created sound poems! In this activity, we used our reading, language arts, and art skills - not just music! (Credit to the creator of this lesson: Ashley Queen, who has a great blog for music educators!) First, we read the poem "Weather is Full of the Nicest Sounds" by Aileen Fisher, and watched this YouTube video for inspiration. Next, each student was assigned a verb from the poem, and he/she had to draw a picture of that word, using its sound for inspiration. After we assigned an instrument sound to each word, our 2nd and 3rd grade classes performed their sound poems. I recorded them, and used the app Aurasma to make a display in the hallway where you can see each performance come to life! What a fun way to use different disciplines and incorporate technology into music!