• 2nd Grade Week 3 Lesson 3

    Posted by Alan Herring on 5/14/2020

    Hello Sparr Stallions,


    This is your last music lesson for this week and today we are going to focus on an instrument that some of you may have never heard before.


    It is called the didgeridoo (pronounced did-jerry-do) and it comes from the native peoples of Australia. It is one of the worlds oldest instruments.


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    Typically didgeridoos were made from hollowed out trees such as eucalyptus trees (that's what koalas eat) and tend to be LOOOONG. It is common for didgeridoos to be 5 feet long or longer. 

     Didgeridoo players often imitate the sound of animals while they are playing to create interesting sounds.


    Below is a video of me playing my didgeridoo. If you don't have youtube access go to https://musicplayonline.com/?s=didgeridoo&meter_stat= (if it doesn't come up search didgeridoo) you can listen to a sound clip of a didgeridoo. In the comments let me know if you like the sound of the didgeridoo or if you think it is a cool instrument. Remember leave your first name and last initial (for example Alan H.).


    If you would like an additional challenge YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN. https://www.kiwico.com/diy/Arts-and-Crafts-Ideas/1/project/Make-a-Didgeridoo/1668.  

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  • 2nd Grade Week 3 Lesson 2

    Posted by Alan Herring on 5/13/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Hello boys and girls,


    Today we are going to review some concepts and review some music terminology. If completing your bingo sheet remember to mark off boxes as we go. 


    First we are going to review two music vocbulary words:


    CRESCENDO - means to get louder


    DECRESCENDO - means to get softer


    Repeat that a few times to your self out loud.


    Next review Closet Key below if you need to review the song go to https://musicplayonline.com/?s=closet+key&meter_stat= (search closet key if it doesn't come up). If you can find another person PLAY THE GAME AT YOUR HOME! You just need an object to be the key

    Closet Key crescendo and decrescendo

    Next we are going to review solfege handsigns. Go to the youtube video below if you do not have youtube access go to https://musicplayonline.com/solfa-practice-read-handsigns/ and take a look at the hand signs and see if you can do one of the interactive activities. If the link doesn't work go to solfa practice. 


    In the comments below tell me your favorite solfege hand sign. Make sure you leave your first name and last initial (for example Alan H.) and remember that the comments must be approved. 



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  • 2nd Grade Week 3 Lesson 1

    Posted by Alan Herring on 5/12/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Hello Sparr Stallions,


    I hope you are doing well and staying safe while doing your online learning. Once again this week we will be doing the same lessons as 3rd grade. At the moment this is scheduled to be your last week of music (BUT THAT MIGHT CHANGE) so we are trying to do some fun things to finish off your music school year. 

    This week we have 3 assignments once again. Another bingo sheet, a music response writing assignment, and a music scavenger hunt. For the scavenger hunt I ask that you complete as many things as you can however you should be able to do a few of these things at home. Remember you only need to complete 2 assignments for the week. 

     Remember these lessons are to help you copmplete assignments but if something doesn't work for you don't worry about it. 

    We are going to perform a bean bag/jump rope song. For 3rd grade this is a review. Take a look at the words below. Remember the heart is the beat and all actions will take place after the beat.  Memorize the words and practice the actions keeping the steady beat on the hearts by patting your legs. 


    Plainsies Clapsies image  


    For this activity  Follow the link and go to music play online and perform with the music when ready.

    For this activity you will need a bean bag, small ball, a piece of fabric (scarf, rag, etc) and of course you can always use a magical imaginary object and you may want to perform outside after watching the video. 

     Go to https://musicplayonline.com/?  s=plainsies&meter_stat= (if that doesn't work search Plainsies Clapsies) and watch the kids demo remember to pay attention to the teacher and not the kids. 


    Please let me know in a comment how you've done below with 5 being awesome and 1 being not so much. Remember to leave your first name last initial (Example Alan H.) and remember comments must be approved before they are posted. 

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  • 2nd Grade Week 2 Lesson 3

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/23/2020 10:00:00 PM

    Hello Sparr Stallions!


    This is your last music lesson for week 2 of Distance Learning Music. Remember you need to complete 2 assignments for the week of your choice. Today will be focusing on providing some things to check off some bingo sheet spaces. 


    First we will take a listen to Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. This piece is a little bit unusual as it is performed with narration. It is based on an old folktale. Below I have links to two different versions. The first version is not the entire piece but gives a brieff overview but I will count this as listening. The second is a disney version narrated by David Bowie (if you don't have youtube access it may be on Disney+). 




    Please remember that this story does have a happy ending and that everything turns out ok.


    Finally below are links for "The Cat Came Back" and "Herman the Worm." The first link will be in musicplay online for those of you who do not have youtube access. The following will be the youtube videos of the songs we perform in class. Choose one for your bingo sheet or do both if you want to. The choice is yours. Leave a comment letting me know if you prefer Herman the Worm or the Cat Came Back. Make sure you leave your first name and last initial (Example: Alan H.) and remember I must approve comments before they are public.


    This version maybe slightly different from the one in class. Switch the video from notation to lyrics.




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  • 2nd Grade Week 2 Lesson 2

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/22/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Hello Sparr Stallions,


    Today we are going to do a quick review of rhythm reading for one of your assignments this week. You may also use these rhythm syllalbes to create an 8 beat rhythm pattern for your bingo sheet this week. If you have access to youtube thereare  rhythm reading review videos below that can help you to review these concepts. 


     Rhythm reading examples

    The rhythm reading videos below are optional if you would like extra practice. 


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    Next we are going to take a look at a few cup routines. For these you will need a plastic cup or something similar (storage container, small box, maybe an empty soda can will work or you can use an imaginary cup if you need to). Below is a different spin on the "Cups" routine performed in the movie Pitch Perfect. I will be posting a short video afterward showing step by step how to do the "basic" cup routine. However this one is still on the difficult side.

    If you want something a little easier or don't have youtube access please take a look at the Music Play Online Cup Routine at the bottom of the page.


    If you try it please leave a comment telling me which routine you tried and how you think you did with 10 being the highest and 1 being the lowest. Remember to leave your first name last initial (example Alan H.) in the comment so I know who you are. Also remember that all comments need to be approved.




    For the musicplay cup game we are going to work on the “Viennese Musical Clock”  for this routine I want you to foccus on the A section. The Kids Demos will show you how to perform the routine. Anytime it says "Pass" just pick up the cup and put it back down unless you want to try with someone in your family. 


    Go to musicplayonline.com. Search Viennese Musical Clock if the link doesn't take you there. 


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  • 2nd Grade Week 2 Lesson 1

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/20/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Hello Sparr Stallions,


    I hope you are continuing to be safe and having a nice online learning experieince. 


    Like week 1 we will be once again working on a bingo sheet for the week. I have changed some itmes around. If there is an item listed that you would like to do again you may do so if you wish. When you are done with this lesson please go take a look at the 2nd and 3rd Grade Bingo sheet week 2. This week all 2nd and 3rd grade lessons will be the same. 

    Please note: That while these lessons will help you to complete assignments they are not mandatory to do assignments. if there are links that you are unable to access please do what you can. 

     First we will listen to "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg who lived from 1843 to 1907. Grieg was a Danish composer who was active during the Romantic period. 

    Baroque Period: 1600- 1750 Handel and Bach

    Classical Period: 1750- 1820 Mozart and Beethoven

    Romantic Period: 1820-1900 Edvard Grieg


    The following link will take you to more info on Grieg as well as a recording of "In the Hall of the Mountain King." Please listen to one of the links or perform the play along video below.



    The following video is a play along. Choose a color and when the conductor passes over that color perform body percussion (snaps, claps, pats, stomps) or perform on a homemade instrument or one you have avaliable.



    Next follow the link and go to musicplay online and perform "Oh my Aunt came Back."

    Go to https://musicplayonline.com/ and search for "My Aunt Came Back."


    Watch the video with the lyrics and perform the motions. If you need to review the motions watch the Kids Demo. Then leave a comment letting me know how you did on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. Make sure you write your first name and last initial in the comment (Example Alan H.). Remember I must approve the comments so if you don't see it, don't worry about it. 

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  • 2nd Grade Week 1 Lesson 3

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/3/2020

    Hello 2nd graders,


    This is your final music lesson for this week. Please make sure you have your 2 assignments done and turned in by Friday 4/10/20.




    Body percussion key


    Body percussion example 1

    Body percussion example 2

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  • 2nd Grade Week 1 Lesson 2

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/2/2020

    Hello 2nd Grade Sparr Stallions,


    I hope you are all doing well and enjoying our online music classroom experience. With today's lesson you will be able to check off a few boxes on your bingo sheet assignment and will also be able to complete your musical response assignment.


    Today we are going to talk about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


    • He lived from January 27, 1756 - December 05, 1791
    • He was a child prodigy (meaning he was very advanced for his age)
    • He composed his first piece of music at 5. Published his first piece of music at 7.  He then composed his first opera at 12.
    • He was highly skilled performer on violin and piano by age at age 6.

     If you wish to read more about Mozart go to https://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=46

    Today I want you to listen to his piece Rondo Alla Turca. If you are doing a bingo sheet you may mark off some of your spaces and also complete your musical response assignment to this piece if you wish. 

     Comment leting me know if you liked this piece of music and tell me why or why not. 

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  • 2nd Grade Week 1 Lesson 1

    Posted by Alan Herring on 3/31/2020

    Hello students! For your first online music lesson I would like for you to attempt "Bim Bum" below. After that go ahead and make your way to the assignments section and begin working on your 2nd Grade Bingo Sheet of the week.

    Comment letting me know how you did giving yourself a grade of 10 being "I did amazing!" to 1 being "I didn't do that great"



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