Mrs. Bickley's Music
Here's what's happening in March
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.
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
- 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