Mrs. Bickley's Music

Here's what's happening in March


The PK3 have been learning Nursery Rhymes and Songs. The Puppy Pals sang "Shoe Fly Don't Bother Me" while playing sand blocks. Meanwhile the Barnyard Buddies explore the "step xylophone" and wooden xylophones like learning "1, 2, 3, 4, 5 I Caught a Fish Alive."


AIken Drumm & Artwork

The children have been studying and investigating instrument families with small percussion: shakers and rhythm sticks. Tambourines were added to their repertoire and we practiced making observations of how the instruments felt to the touch, looked, and sounded. The children learned about the hand percussion categories and the materials the instruments are made with. The children then utilized their knowledge of instruments to compose each verse and create an artistic interpretation of Aiken Drum.

Junior Kindergarten

The children are preparing for their Spring Play. They are learning inspirational and reflection songs, learning circle and partner dances, and performing instrumental accompaniments on Orff instruments, drums, and small percussion.


Improvisation & Creativity

Sing a Song of Sixpence is a story song that has inspired much of the children's recent music learning. First, the children listen to a short nursery rhyme story about a bird and fox which they later set to music using their knowledge of timbre and texture. Next, the children learned about song form through their exploration and creation of patterns. The children learned to create AB and ABA patterns with numbers and shapes as well as visually (both picture notation and movement) and aurally (instrument accompaniments). Finally the children learned to play an ABA form accompaniment on the Orff Barred instruments.

More recently, the children applied their knowledge of performing an ostinato (musical repeating pattern) on Orff instruments to echoing and later improvising their own short melodic phrases as well as creating movements to express phrase lengths.

Save the Date: Kindergarten Spring Sing May 17th - 8:30 AM - Lower School Gym

Bickley's Pick of the Month

Spring is here! Wishing you a musical spring vacation with beautiful weather to enjoy the outdoors. Here are two "outdoor musical resources:"

  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, illustrated by Aliki: "We're going on a listening walk. Shhhhh. Do not talk. Do not hurry. Get ready to fill your ears with a world of wonderful and surprising sounds."
  • Outdoors with Jason Mraz and Sesame Street
Sesame Street: Outdoors with Jason Mraz