Marvelous Musical Monday!

Marvelous Musical Monday!

This week, being the last week before our winter break is just a little crazy!   We are preparing for a winter sing along. The choir is going on a field trip tomorrow where we will sing our entire concert 4 times at 4 different locations. The sing along includes the following songs   Set 1 Jingle Bells I have a little dreidel Light the Candles I have a little snowman The 12 days of Christmas   Set 2 December is the time Silver Bells Dale, Dale, Dale Winter Wonderland Frosty the Snowman Feliz Navidad   In reward for being ready for the sing along we are inviting students to play along with the following video using boomwhackers. The BEST part about this activity is that it is easy and students have quick success.  This play along is perfect for when you have about 15 minutes left and you want to end the class with something musical, accessible and fun.   Please follow and like us:0 Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...
Why I love and hate drumming – a survival guide

Why I love and hate drumming – a survival guide

So I have a confession to make….   I REALLY hate love drumming!  I haven’t done as much as I like in recent years because my school has just a few hand drums and even fewer “world” drums.  I use what we have often, but I’d like to do more, and am considering working up to a drum circle particularly in 5th grade.   Just last week Sonic Limeades for Learning funded my world drum project on donorschoose.org so more are on the way. Now that I am about to increase my drum collection, I’ve got drumming on my mind because I’m hoping to be able to do some drumming activities this spring AND it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if I could find ways to do a better job of facilitating lessons using unpitched percussion because based on my love/hate relationship with drums I have room for growth. I’m hoping that writing this blog post will help me remember what strategies I want to use to ensure that I don’t end up hating drumming before I’m finished.   Here are some questions I am asking myself at this point; Not everyone needs a drum or do they? This may seem obvious as more drums mean more sound…. but on the other hand, fewer drums might mean perpetual turns and depending on the class, getting the entire class through the process in fewer turns might work in my favor. What are the students who are not playing a drum supposed to do? I love it when students can play a game that goes with the drumming accompaniment.  However, the type of game and the intended outcome is...
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