We’re right in the middle of preparing songs and dances for the upcoming Holiday performance next week. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s easy to focus only on the songs and stress out over the readiness of each selection. There are many ways to disguise learning during the Holiday season – even in the middle of preparing for the upcoming concert. Here’s a sneak peek into our festive activities during the month of December including how we learned Music Theory with a Snow Ball Fight!
Holiday Music METERS
As we listened to Holiday songs, we …
- Marched to the music from the “Nutcracker Suite” (We actually had a larger unit of study earlier this month)
- Played hand drums along with “The Little Drummer Boy”
- Used scarves to swing (triple meter) during the “A” section of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and tiptoed during the “B” section – making note of the larger pulse and the smaller pulse
- Colored paper Ice Skates as we listened to “Winter Wonderland”
- Skated on the paper skates as we moved to the larger pulse of “Winter Wonderland”
- Compared the feel of the “Nutcracker March” and “Winter Wonderland” – both in duple meter
Holiday Musical FORM
As we listened to holiday songs, we ..
- Skipped during the “A” section of “Jingle Bells” and froze during the “B” section
- Played rhythm instruments assigned to different sections of songs
- Used EduCreations on our iPads to illustrate visual patterns to go with holiday songs
- Discovered that many holiday songs are written in either the ABAB or ABAA form.
- Learned that another way to describe song form is “Chorus and Verse”
Music Theory With a Snow Ball Fight
It all started with the ice skates that became crumpled trash that became snow balls! This week, we’ve been illustrating what we’ve learned about musical FORM by having a snow ball fight …..and what a fun time we’ve had!! In order to pass the test to have the snow ball fight, boys and girls had to correctly demonstrate moving to the “A” sections and stopping for the “B” sections. We built a wall with the music crates….. excitement filled the air!! I poured out tubs of paper snow balls but told them that they could not throw the first snow ball until they heard the words to “Jingle Bells.” The boys and girls were beside themselves in anticipation!
And then it began!
The video below will give a feel for some of the fun we’ve had during all of this..
Yes, we’ve been practicing for our upcoming program, but in the middle of all that… we’ve been making a musical memory that will last long after the snow melts!
Teaching music is SNOW much fun!!