Saturday, December 7, 2013

Elf on the Shelf Speech Piece with Ostinati and Possible UPP

So.. don't laugh.. last night I woke up at 1:45 AM with this ostinato (#1 and #2) running through my head! We had just tried a few new Elf on the Shelf things with our daughter... we love our elf, Eeewee! Most of my students have an elf and so this will be fun to try with them! I couldn't get it out of my head so had to get up out of bed (now 2 AM!!!) and write it down; well, once I'd done that I couldn't leave it alone so had to write a little poem to go with it for an "A" section and a third ostinati. So many possibilities to play with; write a little BAG melody for recorder students to play the A section instead of speaking it; review sixteenth and eighth note patterns, play on boomwhackers, develop pentatonic melody in C and accompany with Boomwhackers; play ostinato on Orff instruments in small groups set up in C pentatonic, improvise melody using rhythm of A section, use C, E, and G for ostinato parts 1, 2, and 3, etc. As you can see, once you get going the possibilities are loaded! Have fun!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Jingle WHAT?

I LOVE this time of year and especially love "Jingle Bells". There are many musical concepts and skills you can teach with this song! Here are a few ideas:

1.  Rhythm, Form, and Movement:

 Using instrumental accompaniment, students clap rhythm of "A" and patsch "B".  Great for reviewing eighth, quarter note rhythms and syncopation! Perfect Binary Form piece to explore moving one way for "A" and another for "B".

2.  Unpitched Percussion Play Along:

 Students seated in a circle, each with an unpitched percussion instrument in front of them.  During the "A Section" they pass instruments right to a half note beat (say, "pass", "hold" and they will pass a total of 8 times).  With the instrument they get on the 8th pass, they will  play the rhythm of  "B" (jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way... ").

3. Unpitched Percussion Timbre Tantrum:

 Students divided into 4 groups. I like to place hula hoops on the floor with drums inside one, rhythm sticks in another, metals in another and shakers in another. 
Drums play rhythm of "jingle bells"
Metals (break out the jingle bells) for 2nd "jingle bells"
Woods on "jingle all the"
Shakers for "way".
 Great to teach how to shake through 4 beats on "way".
On "Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh" everyone plays 8 beats together.
Back to drums, metals, woods, then shakers, then everyone plays together again for the final 8 beats of "B".

4.  Rhythm Vs. Beat:  The Showdown:

Print out 2 signs saying "Rhythm" and on the back "Beat".  Hand out jingle bells or other unpitched percussion.  Divide class in half, each half follows one of the signs you will be holding.  Play/sing the song, they follow the sign, switch every phrase or however often you want. 

Hope this gives you some ideas.. there are soooo many!!!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Surgery Update

Yup! I am alive and well... With about 25" of new incisions and glad to be getting out of the hospital tomorrow after seven days in here!!!!YIPEEEE.... HOME!!! I have a couple things I have been working on for after the New Year and will post very soon!