Friday, October 10, 2014

What Does that Sound Like?

It's hard to believe the first quarter is nearly done. What a lot we've accomplished! I thought I'd share some creative student work with you this week.

Kindergarteners and first graders have been learning un-pitched percussion techniques (the fancy name for being able to play the instruments correctly). First graders also classified the instruments by the type of sound they make. The categories are shakers, scrapers, metals, woods, and drums. They did a really great job!

This week in Kindergarten children used their instruments to play short and long sounds. A Balloon Chart told them tell when to play long sounds, short sounds or no sounds on rhythm sticks or triangles. Then we created our own balloon composition and played it. It's so exciting to watch children read their first piece of music!

Here's a composition from Mrs. Frank's class. You can listen to them play with the link below the picture.