What a great class we had! Thanks all you awesome grownups for coming and supporting your students. I can tell we are going to have a great year, great students and great consistent parents/grands that make it happen! Thank you for singing along and doing the hand actions
during class, this helps the students stay focused and builds a musical bond between you and your child. When they see that you enjoy music, they do
*Just a reminder for next week…
1. Parents don’t come this next week, which means totes & bells don’t either. Just send your kids
in WITH THEIR HOMEWORK (opened to the homework #1 page), and they will be ready 45 minutes later. If you ever get confused about which homework page we're
on, just remember that you can't do homework for a lesson you haven't learned yet. So we'll do the lesson number, then that homework during the week that
2. Remember in 1st year the practice process is all about fun and ongoing practice through play. Forget about the typical rigid "we are now practicing"
approach to teaching children music. Put out the bells and let your child play with them. Listen to the music everyday in a natural way. (Bedtime, while in
the car, etc.) Once a week sit down and do the theory homework. That's it! Piece of cake!
Many activities in the first semester will concentrate on repetitions of certain melodic patterns. The first is MI-RE-DO. We will sing it, do solfege hand
signs, play it on the bells, see the notes on the staff, and feel it with our full body! The songs this week that have this pattern in it are: Let’s Play
Music, Red Balloon, DO RE MI, Three Blind Mice, Frog in the Middle.
A steady beat is an essential part of becoming a complete musician. We learn to hear, feel, identify and then reproduce a steady beat with every song in
Let’s Play Music, but it is specifically addressed this week in Tambourine Train and Echo Ed.
Minor 3rd Interval - helps to sing in tune
Hickety Pickety and Echo Ed are key pieces in learning to match pitch. For a child to play and create music they must be able to hear and then reproduce
what was heard. Using the minor 3rd SOL MI and simple rhythmic variations we train the ear to identify what is being heard.
Click HERE to read why ear training is important and why it should be part of your child's music
education. Also, we've added the Magic Lamp Coloring book below. Print these two pages out and let your child color the characters as you discuss their
favorite part about the puppet show. Click the buttons below to download PDFs.