6O Performs Los Machetes Dance

Here is the performance by 6O of Los Machetes. This was used to teach form. The students listened to the piece and identified that it was in ABC form, repeating three times, ending with an additional A that is slightly different. Students: How...
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Conducting in Band

Today in band, we focused on learning the visual cues often used to communicate between the conductor and ensemble members.  Students learned to conduct in 2/4 and 4/4 meters. Next, the students sang the songs we are learning in band while...

Traffic Lights

Grade 2 is studying improvisation. We did an activity using the song “Traffic Lights” from Game Plan 2. First they sing and play the song on xylophones. Next, the police officer points to a red, yellow, or green light. The students...

Sol Mi Patterns on Recorder

When students in Grade 4 first started learning recorder, we started with G and E, Sol and Mi. With a partner, students used blocks to create rhythmic patterns. They arranged the blocks at two levels; the higher level represented Sol and the...

Your First Two Songs

Instrument Lesson 1 Learn to set up your instrument. First sounds, buzzing and lip slurs (brass), and articulation (tonguing) Homework: Teach your parents how to set up your instrument and how to create a sound. Brass, practice buzzing and lip...

In the Forest

Grade 4 students are continuing to study musical form through the medium of recorder. Their focus is on recognizing pitch and rhythmic patterns. The three notes that they have learned on recorder are A, G, and E, which are used in the song below...