Can you believe we are half way through the semester?! Everyone did such a great job of identifying the lines and spaces of the staff. Keep practicing lines and spaces on the staff. Ask your kiddo if the note is on a line or space. Then follow up by asking them which line or space number the note is on. Remember, mistakes are good! Mistakes are an important part of the process of learning.
We practiced our solfege hand signs and audiation today in class. Audiation is the ability to accurately hear musical sounds in your head when they are not being sounded aloud. This is a foundational skill that allows students to internalize notes and rhythms and make sense of rhythm or notes that they see written.
Singing like a ghost is a great vocal channeling exercise. We are practicing a pure, natural head tone while extending the child’s vocal range and helping them to experiment with the sounds their voice can make.
Distinguishing High and Low sounds
The staff determines pitch - the top of the staff is high sounds, the bottom is lower sounds. The placement of notes (or balloons!) determines if the sound moves up, down or stays the same.
When we sing "DO is Home" we can help distinguish sounds that are "too high" or "too low", or right on. This skill is intended to develop and train the ear. This will lead the students to developing relative pitch.
Puppet Show - The Magic Lamp
Identifying the melodic classical themes is one purpose of our Magical Lamp puppet show. It aids us in hearing and identifying different themes in classical music.
Because nearly every music system in the world uses the same five notes—known as the pentatonic scale—many people say these notes are “hardwired” into our brains. Howard Goodall, Emmy-winning composer and author of The Story of Music, says these notes are so fundamental that it seems that they were pre-installed in us when we were born. He goes as far as to call these notes a “human genetic inheritance.” In this video, always-entertaining Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to “play” an audience, and in the process provides a fascinating demonstration of how our brains are musically wired.
Also, with Halloween quickly approaching, we want to encourage you to do this fun Halloween activity with your students!