Welcome to the first Folsom Music Blog Post!
It only took me a full trimester to get this started… but better late than never!
We’ll start with Kindergarten. We meet twice a week for a total of 90 minutes. We have three main goals in our music classes:
1. To become “Tuneful” be able to match pitch, or, ear a note and match it with your voice.
2. To become “Beatful,” to be able to keep a steady beat whether it be on an instrument, with our voices, on our laps, or in our dancing.
3. To become “Artful.” Now, this one is more vague, and thusly quite expansive in the realm of what it refers to. In Kindergarten we practice telling stories in an expressive way with our voices, faces, and full bodies. I like to think of being Artful as the ability to express what you imagine in your head, through a physical means.
We’ve explored so many different musical elements already in our first trimester, but here are two videos to give you a taste of what we’ve been working on lately!
1. Partners were given cards with notes and were told to create a rhythm that they liked using all four cards. (It was our first time, so you’ll see that some rhythms are being read from right to left, we’ll get there!)
The second video I want to share kind of blew my mind.
2. Students brought me a book from their classroom, When the Root Children Wake Up by Audrey Wood (http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/when-root-children-wake) There is a song at the end which they asked me to sing. I sang it once, and then I sang again and asked them to move around the room like root children. They begged to hear it one more time. On the third time, they had somehow, without planning, arranged this group dance… I gave them no instruction, suggestion, or cues… I thought it was beautiful, I hope you enjoy it!
Thank you for sharing your children with me!