Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Harlem Shake!

In music class, students earn points to fill their sticker chart.  When a class fills their sticker chart, they vote on a special music day.
This class chose to make a "Harlem Shake" video.  Here it is!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Appalachian Music!

With our new Appalachian instruments, thanks to donors from Donors Choose.org, we are learning about Appalachian music, instruments, and experiencing unique Appalachian instruments first-hand.

To introduce Appalachian music, we used a Prezi presentation I created last year.

Next, we played the Appalachain instruments as we sang "Sourwood Mountain":

Chicken crowin' on Sourwood Mountian
Hey de-ing dang diddle-alley day
So many pretty girls I can't count them
Hey de-ing dang diddle-alley day

My true love she lives in Letcher
Hey de-ing dang diddle-alley day
She won't come and I won't fetch her
Hey de-ing dang diddle-alley day

Here you see (from left to right) an autoharp, washboard, dulcimer, and musical spoons.
Appalachian music is quite a hit so far, and we've only begun!  

Friday, April 19, 2013

Two More Donors Choose Projects Funded!

Donors Choose and the local Whitney Foundation are incredible!  Through the Donors Choose website, two more music projects have been funded for our classroom.

The first project was called "Experiencing Appalachian Music."  I requested a dulcimer, autoharp, washboard, and musical spoons.  All of these materials were funded quickly and have arrived in our music room!

We will be using these instruments soon as we start an Appalachian music unit.

Also, we had a project funded called "Technology in the Music Classroom."  Can you see what we received?

Yes, that's an iPad!  Clearly, we are all very excited about it!  Along with the iPad, I also requested Sibelius 7 Music Notation Software.  Both of these items are already in use!

I downloaded an app that connects the iPad with my laptop which is connected to the projector.
Ta-da!  What's done on the iPad can project onto the SMART Board!  This allows me to walk around the room and give directions while also using the SMART board.
Students used the iPad to review B, A, and G before working on their own compositions for the recorder.

We also used the Sibelius software to compose.

Needless to say, there are lots of exciting things continuing to happen in the music room!  Thank you for your continued support.