Our wonderful PTA purchased some wonderful new instruments and materials for our music classroom! These include the following:
an African talking drum
African gankogui (agogo) bells with mallet
Shenanigans folk music CD
African seed shaker
Rhythmically Moving #2 CD
Many students will be playing these instruments for the first time this week as we discuss Kwanzaa, sing songs about Kwanzaa, and play African instruments to help us celebrate. Action photos to come. :)
I made these instrument labels for some of our classroom instruments. These really seem to be helping some of the kiddos remember the names of the instruments, though I do occasionally have to remind the students that the "bass" xylophone is not a fish. :)
Our school district is luck to have a wonderful music specialist who oversees the organization of our music teachers. Every year, the music teachers re-evaluate the music learning targets for our students. We have created "I Can" statements for each grade level.
These learning targets are not meant to limit the teacher, but rather guide instruction. For example, my kindergarteners have almost accomplished everything on their "I Can" chart, so I will elaborate on these learning targets and move on to new ones in the first grade category.
Through Donor's Choose (donorschoose.org) teachers can post school-related projects for which to receive materials. The projects are funded by donations from anyone who would like to contribute.
I created a project for our school: African Drumming. Our students will benefit greatly from having quality African instruments to play as we learn about African music and its impact on American music.
Half of the financial support is already given by the Whitney Fund of the Community Foundation of Louisville. This is incredible! Thank you Community Foundation of Louisville!
To support the remaining funds for this project that all of our 750 students will benefit from, click here and donate any dollar amount. Thank you so much for your support! The kids will be so excited to have these wonderful instruments!
I finished what I hope is a user-friendly version of a "Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater" SMART board activity. (By user-friendly I mean that I used the snipping tool to insert pictures in order to preserve the fonts.) :)
Also, I have been giving "Happy Notes" to students who do a wonderful job participating and performing in music class. Parents are telling me that these notes mean a lot to their children, so I thought I'd pass along the idea to other teachers.