Brandon Schools Elementary Music

Mrs. Ketchum's Music Classroom

Welcome

Welcome to the Harvey-Swanson and Oakwood Elementary music website! On this site you can find information about curriculum, grade level performances, upcoming events, and more information about our music program. Please feel free to bookmark this page and check back to find details about your childs music classroom.

May/June 2019

Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten - Students are working on steady beat vs. rhythm with our springtime songs. Using our bee puppet we are singing "Bee, Bee, Bumblebee" performing the steady beat with body percussion and on unpitched percussion instruments. We are also acting out musical stories such as "Little Bunny Foo Foo." While I play the piano, the students are practicing high and low sounds and working on differentiating between the two. We are going to end the year with a campfire day, singing fun and silly camp songs. The purpose of this unit is student engagement at the end of the year, using our singing, speaking, whisper, and outdoor voices, and a focus on movement.


1st/2nd Grade - Students are working on a song called "Ickle Ockle." The students learned the song and played a double circle game, practicing promenading and changing partners. Once the students learned the song, they were able to perform the steady beat, even coming to the front of the class and leading the beat reading on the board. The next class we dissected the rhythm and the students were able to transcribe the rhythm using quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests. Within small groups they took pieces of the song and organized them in order to fit the words. The following class, they focused on the melodic line of the song, labeling the notes using solfege and placed the notes on the three line staff.

Using different types of fish (cod, puffer fish, trout, bluegill, etc...) and create four beat patterns. Once they were able to perform them using speech and body percussion, they played their improvisations on drums. While half of the class performed their drum rhythms, the other half performed a chord ostinato on the xylophones to our "Ickle Ockle" song. Our ABA rondo will be performed by the class for their teachers with added movement with scarves.

We are going to end the year with a campfire day, singing fun and silly camp songs. The purpose of this unit is student engagement at the end of the year, using our singing, speaking, whisper, and outdoor voices, and a focus on movement.


3rd Grade - Students have been working on singing, reading, and composing with sixteenth notes. We have been singing a plethora of songs and games that use sixteenth notes so ensure that each students has had experience feeling the rhythm before we name and label it. Now that they have seen and named it, they are sight-reading difficult rhythmic patterns at a high level. Students are improvising with rhythms containing sixteenth notes and composing their own drum pieces.

We are also continuing with our folk dance unit and working on citizenship skills (appropriate movement, reactions, personal space, and manners.) We connect with our partners using scarves to ensure each students understands the movements and boundaries when working with others. Once each group is successful with scarves, we remove them and connect using handshakes and hand clapping. Each student is at a different level with comfort when it comes to personal contact so we approach this very gradually. We are going to end the year with a campfire day, singing fun and silly camp songs. The purpose of this unit is student engagement at the end of the year, using our singing, speaking, whisper, and outdoor voices, and a focus on movement.


4th/5th Grade - Upper elementary students have been memorizing and labeling the notes on the treble clef staff. They came up with their own anagrams to remember the line notes versus the space notes and then implemented this into remembering each note. They have been working as a whole class and in small groups to practicing labeling the notes. They also had practice composing their own melodies on the treble clef staff.

We are also continuing with our folk dance unit and working on citizenship skills (appropriate movement, reactions, personal space, and manners.) We connect with our partners using scarves to ensure each students understands the movements and boundaries when working with others. Once each group is successful with scarves, we remove them and connect using handshakes and hand clapping. Each student is at a different level with comfort when it comes to personal contact so we approach this very gradually. We are going to end the year with a campfire day, singing fun and silly camp songs. The purpose of this unit is student engagement at the end of the year, using our singing, speaking, whisper, and outdoor voices, and a focus on movement.

March 2019 Newsletter

Jr. Kindergarten/Kindergarten - Our young 5's and kindergarten music classes are busy, busy, busy! We are exploring tempo (speed) and form with classical music. Students march, glide, slide, skip, twirl, and hop around the room using just their bodies or props such as scarves. We are learning different finger-plays such as

"Five Little Ladies"

- "Five little ladies, going for a walk. Five little ladies stopping for a talk. Along came five little gentlemen, and they all danced together and that makes 10!"

The students love to act out these poems with their hands and then stand and perform them as a class. We discuss rhyming words and how we can make music out of poetry.

Jr. K students are also working on high and low sounds. We have explored going up and down the stairs on xylophones performing alongside our favorite book "Mortimer." You can check this book out on Amazon or at your library and have your student act and sing the book for you.

We are also working on steady beat by clapping, stamping our feet, playing percussion instruments and even playing the beat on the xylophones. Students will be learning the poem "Bee, Bee, Bumblebee" to practice steady beat.

- "Bee, bee, bumblebee, stung a man upon his knee. Stung a pig upon his snout, I declare that you are out!"

Using my bee puppet, the students will be playing a game and singing the poem. I use puppets a lot in the lower elementary music classroom to get students to sing, by using the puppet they lose their shyness and sing out through the puppet.


1st Grade - Our first grade students are also working on high and low sounds. We have explored going up and down the stairs on xylophones performing alongside our favorite book "Mortimer." You can check this book out on Amazon or at your library and have your student act and sing the book for you. We have begun solo singing (having the students sing by themselves) playing a game called "Doggy Doggy"

- "Doggy, doggy, where's your bone? Somebody took it from you home. Who has the bone?"

In this game a student is in the middle of the circle with their eyes closed, another student steals his/her "bone" and sings "I have your bone." The student in the middle opens their eyes and tries to guess which classmate has stolen their bone.

When the student is singing, I have the opportunity to assess that student on the pitch they are singing, use of singing voice, and timing of the singing. I can use this assessment to decipher which students need more practice using their singing voice. Since it is a game, the students are less nervous about singing in front of their peers.

We are also focusing on steady beat with the use of instruments. We learned about the percussion family in our song "Play Percussion" (to the tune of Alouette)

- "Play percussion, we can play percussion. Play percussion, we can play it now!"

- Teacher: "Can you play the metals/woods/skins/shakers now?" Students: "We can play the metals/woods/skins/shakers now..."


2nd Grade - March is our performance month! We are busy preparing for our musical "Swamped! The Musical!" The performance is Thursday, March 28th at 6:00pm at the Performing Arts Center at Brandon High School. The event is free, please bring your friends and family! All second graders in the district will be performing together on the big stage!

*** Please see the google drive folder below to access all the songs and lyrics to practice at home!


3rd Grade - Third graders are working on a song called "Old Brass Wagon." The first week students learned the song and performed a body percussion accompaniment. We went to our percussion family groups (metals, skins, woods, and shakers) to perform the song on instruments. The next class we learned the folk dance as a whole class "circle to the left, old brass wagon... Circle to the right, old brass wagon... Everybody in, old brass wagon..." After practicing the traditional folk dance, students split into small groups of four to create their own version of the dance. Each group performed together and individually, providing constructive feedback for their classmates.

This month students will be learning a bordun accompaniment for the barred xylophone instruments to go along with the song. Then each student will have the opportunity to improvise a melody on the instruments, leading to our first composition project. A second rhythmic composition will be added on the drums.


4th/5th Grade - Upper elementary students are learning a song called "Rocky Mountain." The first week students learned the song and performed a body percussion accompaniment. We went to our percussion family groups (metals, skins, woods, and shakers) to perform the song on instruments. The next class we learned the folk dance as a whole class. After practicing the traditional folk dance, students split into small groups of four to create their own version of the dance. Each group performed together and individually, providing constructive feedback for their classmates.

This month students will be learning a bordun accompaniment for the barred xylophone instruments to go along with the song. Then each student will have the opportunity to improvise a melody on the instruments, leading to our first composition project. A second rhythmic composition will be added on the drums.