These guys love when we move around! We worked on levels, high-medium-low, and I had students choose a level to pose on when the music stopped. We also picked different ways to move like jump, skip, skate, hop, etc.
A sneak peak into the music room of Ms. Esposito…
This week students are working with quarter notes, quarter rests and eighth notes to compose music. Students are using Fruit-Loops to notate rhythms they’ve created onto their worksheet. Students then draw standard notation into their boxes and get to eat a fun treat!
When students come to Music Class, they automatically begin on the color green (“Let’s Rock and Roll”). Green means they are doing a good job. If they move up to yellow (“You’re a star”), it means they are doing a great job. If they move up to purple (“You’re a rockstar”), it means they are doing awesome and will receive a reward. If they go to blue (“Singing the Blues”), it means they have been given a warning and need to fix their behavior. If they go to red (“The Show is Cancelled”) then we will stop music and review rules and good behaviors.
During the month of October, students worked with various unpitched percussion instruments. Unpitched means that the instrument only has one distinct sound and can only play that sound. Students also worked on Xylophones; practicing mallet technique and steady beat. We also read a story about rhythm and different places on your body where you can keep the beat.
Pictured Above: Soprano Glockenspiel, Ratchet, Tambourine, Cow Bell, Triangle, Wood Block, Maraca, Claves, Coconut Shells
The Bass Xylophone
“I Got The Rhythm”
This is my second year as the music teacher at Riverside Primary. I teach Kindergarten and First Grade. We learn all sorts of new things in music. Students will get to experience many different instruments including, djembes, bongos, congos, temple blocks, wood blocks, maracas, tambourines, triangles, xylophones and many other small instruments. Students will also learn concepts such as, high/low, loud/soft, tempo, dynamics, note reading, form, instrument families, listening skills and movement skills.
Here is a look inside our music room!