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1/2 Grade First Steps in Music

First Steps in Music: Vocal Exploration: Yarn Shapes

As part of John Feierabend’s “First Steps in Music” curriculum, we explore all the different sounds our voices can make. In first and second grade we’ve been using yarn shapes to sing in our head voices. These head-voice muscles have to be developed over time, so the more singing in our head voices we can do, the better! Have your child teach you how to sing a shape using any kind of string at home! Enjoy!

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1/2 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten

Hey Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders!

Look at what Ms. Kauffeld just found:

SINGING TUBES!!!
SINGING TUBES!!!

SO MANY SINGING TUBES!
You might remember this:
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But now we will have 9 singing tubes for SO MUCH MORE FUN!

I’ve found that when children listen to themselves sing in a singing tube they are able to focus and match pitch better, which is our most important goal of K-2 music class. PLUS IT’S SILLY AND FUN. YAY!!!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music First Steps in Music Kindergarten Move It!

Red Clover Music Activity!

Inspired by The First Drawing we experimented with what would happen if we drew something that we listened to instead of something we looked at. Every Kindergarten through Sixth Grader listened to Frederick Chopin’s “Minuet Waltz” and we drew what we imagined! The song has no lyrics! It is for solo piano. Here are some of the drawings that this song inspired!
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After we shared our drawings we did a movement activity to the same song, and discussed if adding movement made us imagine anything different than what we drew. For many of us, adding movement gave us a whole new perspective on this song. Now YOU can do the movement activity at home! Follow me!

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First Steps in Music Kindergarten

Every Night an Echo song for Kindergarten

Sing after me!

Ms. Kauffeld lost her voice, and is hoping she gets it back for her Bella Voce concert tomorrow night. In the meantime, bear with her in this video!

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1/2 Grade Instrument Lessons Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

What’s New in the Music Room? Mrs. V’s class, Chorus, and Deck the Hall!

Here is Mrs. Vandedord’s 1/2 class performing the fingerplay “Grandma’s Glasses.” Fingerplays help us build expression in our voices, faces, and bodies, and stretch our imagination!

Here the Middle School Chorus sings a Major Scale on Solfege as a round. It sounds beautiful and is relatively easy to do!

And lastly, as we approach our WINTER CONCERT on DECEMBER 11th at 6pm, the band is getting ready to accompany all of YOU singers in “Deck the Hall!” Here Lucas and Emma play their parts! (YOU CAN START PRACTICING FOR THE END-OF-CONCERT SING-A-LONG!)

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten Move It!

Move It! “Trois Gymnopedie” by Eric Satie

From John Feierabend and Peggy Lyman’s “Move It!”

All of our Folsom Kindergarten-Fourth graders will have done this by Tuesday Sept 23rd! Now you can do it at home-mirror my motions!

Thanks for your support!