• 4th and 5th Grade Week 3 Lesson 3

    Posted by Alan Herring on 5/21/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Hello 4th and 5th Graders,

     

    This is your last music lesson of the year. I would like to say to my 5th graders that you are wonderful musicians and that I will miss you but wish you all the best as you move forward with your musical journey. To my 4th graders I look forward to seeing you and teaching you in the fall when we hopefully return to campus. 

     

    First please go to https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments and play with some of these online instruments. This can count towards your playing an instrument on your bingo sheet if you wish. If you are unable to access please go below. 

    We are going to perform a bean bag/jump rope song. For most of you 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. 

     

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    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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  • 4th and 5th Grade Week 3 Lesson 2

    Posted by Alan Herring on 5/20/2020 9:00:00 AM

    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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  • 4th and 5th Grade Week 3 Lesson 1

    Posted by Alan Herring on 5/19/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Hello 4th and 5th graders,

    This is your last week of music for the school year and hope that you all are doing your best and getting plenty of time to experience the outdoors during your online learning. 

     

    Just a reminder that these lessons are not mandatory and that if there are links that don't work for you skip it and maybe try again later. This week you have 3 assignments but you must complete 2 of them. Once again you are doing a bingo sheet and a music response but also you are doing a scavenger hunt. On the sccavenger hunt complete as many items as you can but you don't have to do all of them. 

     

    We are going to start off the lessons this week with an instrument that some of you may have never hear 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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  • 4th and 5th Grade Week 2 Lesson 3

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/29/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Hello Sparr Stallions,

     

    Today is your final music lesson of the week. Remember you need to have 2 of 3 assignments completed and turned in by next Mmonday 5/4/20. 

     

    Today we are going to do a couple of activities to help finish off your bingo sheet for the week.

     

    First we are going to listen to a song by the singer and composer Woody Guthrie. Guthrie lived from 1912-1967. Guthrie created music and performed song based on his experiences of life during The Great Depression and having to leave Oklahoma due to The Dust Bowl. His most famous work is "This Land is Your Land." While this song celebrates the American landscape it is actually a protest song based on Guthrie's and many other people's experiences of being homeless during the Great Depression. 

    Here is quick article on The Dust Bowl: https://kids.britannica.com/kids/article/Dust-Bowl/390020

     

     

    SInce we are talking about folk music today, we are going to do a little review of Yodeling. 

     

    Yodeling was originally used to communicate over long distances in the mountainous regions in Europe. Eventually yodeling made its way into folk and country music and became very popular in the United States druing the 1930's and 1940's. Below is a review song if you had music with me during 3rd and 4th grade but if it's new to you that is fine as well. I would recommend listening along to the music or watching the kids demo first. Here are the actions that go with the chorus: 

     

    Austrian Went Yodeling

     

    Practice slowly speaking the words and performing the actions you may need to focus on one or the other to start. 

     

    Holler    ah        kee kee           holler   ah            koo koo

    pat        clap      snap               pat       clap          snap 

     

    https://musicplayonline.com/?s=Austrian+went+yodeling&meter_stat= (Remember the Kids Demo will show you the motions)

     

    If you performed Austrian Went Yodeling please leave a comment and let me kno0w how you did with 10 being the best and 1 being the worst. Remember to leave you first name and last initial (Example: Alan H.). Remember your comment must be approved before it is publicly posted. 

     

    If you have youtube access here is a short video on how to yodel. Follow along and do your best. 

     

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  • 4th and 5th Grade Week 2 Lesson 2

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/28/2020 3:00:00 AM

    Hello Sparr Stallions,

     

    Today we are going to take a listen to few examples of jazz and a few notable people who made an impact on the genre of jazz.

     

    The first compser we are going to take a listen to today is Duke Ellingtion. Duke Ellington lived from 1899-1974. He was a pianist, composer, and band leader. He became a band leader in 1923 and continued until his death (51 YEARS!!!). During his career Ellington created thousands of original songs many of which have become standards in jazz (by standards I mean songs that serious jazz players know by heart). 

     

    Duke Ellington was a pioneer of 'protest' music | JAZZ.FM91

     

    We are going to take a listen to his most famous composition "Take the A-Train." If you do not have youtube access go here: https://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz/education/dukes-music-class. It will be halfway down the page. 

     

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    Next we are going to be talking the composer George Gershwin. He lived from 1898-1937. Gershwin was responsible for bringing jazz influence into the classical music world and helping to make jazz more widely known. He created the opera "Porgy and Bess" (this features the song "Summertime")and his most widely known work during his lifetime is "Rhapsody in Blue." Below we will listen to "Rhapsody in Blue."

    https://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=29

     

    Last we are going to take a listen to some scat singing. Scatting is the act of using your voice to perform sounds that mimic horn players. 

     

    Take a look at the video and try it yourself. If you don't have youtube access try here. After you watch the video leave a comment and let me know if you liked scat singing. Make sure you leave your first name last initial (For example Alan H.) and remember comments must be approved before they are made public. 

     

    https://academy.jazz.org/Jazz/Exploring%20Jazz%20Vocals%20and%20Scat%20Singing/

     

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  • 4th and 5th grade Week 2 Lesson 1

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/27/2020

    Hello 4th and 5th Grade Sparr Stallions,

     I hope you are doing well and staying positive through our distance learning experieince. 

    This week you will need to complete 2 of 3 assignments by Monday 5/4/20 AKA Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!).

    We are going to be doing another bingo sheet, another music respsonse, and a review of some rhythm reading. Remember you only need to do 2 of the 4th and 5th grade assignments. 

    Also please remember if a link in one of the lessons does not work for you just skip it and don't worry about it. These lessons are helpful to complete assignments however if you cannot access something don't worry about it. Do what you can. 

    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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  • 4th and 5th grade Week 1 Lesson 3

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/9/2020

    Hello 4th 4th and 5th graders,

     

    This your final music lesson for this week of distance learning. Today we are going to talk about a few things so you can finish your assignments and finish up your bingo sheet. Remember your assignments are due Monday 4/13/20. You need to turn in at least two assignments. Great job to those of you who have completed your assignments already. 

     

    First we are going to talk about and listen to George Frederic Handel. Here is a little bit about G. F. Handel:

    George Frederic Handel or Georg Friedrich Händel was born in Halle, Germany. But since he spent most of his professional life in England, he's better known as George Frederick Handel.

    He lived from February 23, 1685 - April 14, 1759.

    Even though Handel was very interested in music, his father (who was a barber and surgeon) was not. There's a story that Handel smuggled a clavichord -- a VERY quiet instrument -- into the house so that he could practice in secret. Handel's father insisted that his son become a lawyer, until the day that Handel sat down at the keyboard and dazzled a duke. The duke convinced Handel's father to let his son study music.

     

    Handel was a composer from the Baroque Period He was a contemporary of Johann Sebastian Bach. 

    Baroque Period: 1600- 1750 Handel and Bach

    Classical Period: 1750- 1820 Mozart and Beethoven

     

    After you watch the video leave a comment saying if you liked it or did not like it. Please leave your first name last initials or just initials. Remember cooments will have to be approved before they are posted so don't worry if you don't see it. 

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    Next we are going to review videos for two more categories of orchestra instruments:

     

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    Finally play this game of Poison rhythm and see how you do. 

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  • 4th and 5th Grade Week 1 Lesson 2

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/7/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Hello 4th and 5th grade Stallions,

     

    I hope you are all doing well and staying focused during our time of online learning. 

     

    Today we are going to take a listen to the composer Hans Zimmer. If you are doing a bingo sheet you will be able to mark off that space on your bingo sheet. If you are doing a musical response you may use the following sample of music if you wish.

    In the comments section at the bottom of the page let me know what you think of this piece of music. Do you like certain aspects of it such as melody or rhythm? Or is there anything from the piece that you really don't like? Remember comment with your first name and last name initial or use your initials.

    *Remember the comments will have to be approved before they are made public so if it doesn't come up for you don't worry about it. 

    About Hans Zimmer

    Hans Florian Zimmer (born 12 September 1957) is a German movie score composer and music producer. He has written music for over 100 movies. These movies include The Lion King (1994), Crimson Tide (1995), Gladiator (2000), Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), Rango (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Man of Steel (2013), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).   

    If you would like to read more about Hans Zimmer go to https://kids.kiddle.co/Hans_Zimmer

     

     

    Please review the following video on the brass family of musical instruments. Remember that your assignments are due Monday 4/13/20 and that you will need to complete 2 of the 3 posted assignments. 

     

     

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  • 4th and 5th Grade Week 1 Lesson 1

    Posted by Alan Herring on 4/5/2020

    Hello 4th and 5th grade Sparr stallions,

     

    I hope you all are enjoying the online classroom experience. 

     

    First of all after you are done with this lesson go to the assignments page and take a look at what's there. You will have a choice to do 2 of 3 assignments during this week. The first assignment avaliable is a bingo sheet. You are to mark off any 5 of the activites listed and when it is finished you turn it in. NOTE: They don't have to be in a row. 

     

    We are going to review the woodwind family of instruments today. Watch the following video:

    Do the following musication play along. You will need to choose a part. You can use objects at home to help you play along. See if someone else in your house will play with you.

     

     

    Finally we are going to review "Bim Bum" after you are done comment using your first name and last initials or just your initials and tell me on a scale of 10 being the best and 1 being the worst how you did. NOTE: comments will have to be approved before they get posted so if you don't see it, don't worry.

     Afterwards you can probably mark off a few spaces on your bingo sheet if that is an assignment you choose to do. Remember your assignments are due Monday 4/13/20.

     

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