Just a sneak peak at some of the musical skills and concepts that have been taught during
Green Turtle Shells. These are some of the things we'll look over together during our station day (Lesson 15 - in 2 weeks) to make sure they're
keeping up and understanding. If you think your child has any holes here and could use some extra help between now and then, please let me
Skills: 1. Keyboard posture, hand & finger placement
2. Clapping & counting 4 count rhythms using rhythm cards
3. Playing steps and skips from notation
4. Playing primary chords with RH without looking at hand
5. Playing intervals of a 2nd, 3rd, & 4th
6. Playing individual fingers (SFMRD)
Concepts: 1. Identifying middle C
2. Identifying C & F by playing on keyboard
3. Demonstrates knowledge of finger numbers
4. Identifying bug rhythms
5. Distinguishing steps & skips on staff
6. Identifying primary chords by notation
7. Identifying intervals by notation
8. Identifying melodic patterns by notation
Every time the word BLUE is said in this song we play a Blue Chord. Can you make up your own song with the Red, Blue, and Yellow Chord? Every time you or
your child sings the color, play the corresponding chord! Check for correct fingerings (as always...)!
Primary Chord Transitions
Transitioning between the primary chords should now be somewhat mastered by the RH. Enjoy playing “The Fabulous 5”: a fun game to help your student
reinforce chord transitions! Invite your student to play the red and blue chord 5 times back and forth, back and forth (or the red to yellow whatever they
need the most to work on.) The only catch is it has to be perfect! No mistakes whatsoever. If they mess up they get to start over. Once they can do this 5
times in a row perfectly, they get a HIGH 5 from you with oodles of fabulous praise!
Can't Bug Me: Rhythm Ensemble
The games we play with our percussion instruments (and even our clapping hands) help us practice sight reading rhythms, but just as importantly, they help
us practice ensemble skills. It takes practice to come in all together, to keep a steady beat internally to stay together, to keep up with the group even
when we make mistakes, and to listen to each other to sound like one. WOW!
Our journey to learn harmony started last year singing a repeating pattern alongside a melody (Ding dong in Hear How the Bells). Then we sang in a round (3
Blind Mice). This year we’ve worked on a counter melody or two melodies sung on top of each other (Horsey Horsey). Then we introduced a 4-part counter
melody (Solfeg Seafriends). This week we sang Solfeg Seafriends in a true canon, which is like singing 4 different melodies in a round. It's pretty tricky,
but such a good exercise! Enjoy these arrangements of the famous Pachelbel’s Canon on piano and with a string ensemble.