Kindergartner’s Sing & Play

Kindergarten is a time where students are deeply immersed in early reading and decoding strategies. This can be supported by reading and writing music. Students in Kindergarten place quarter notes above the words of a song. There is no staff on the paper, just empty space above the lyrics. This gets them used to reading …

Color Coding Beginning Recorder

One of the first opportunities for students to experience reading standard music notation consistently is on the recorder.  As I introduce it every year, I am trying to brainstorm ways to change large learning leaps into structured and scaffolded steps to access standard notation. One way I have attempted to bridge the leap from iconic …

Call & Answer Composing

Creating music in the classroom is an important part of music. Anyway students can independently work through creating music in different ways.  Iconic, standard, solfege, recording, are all fantastic ways to get students involved in the creating music. Second Graders started the year by creating call and answer musical ideas with solfege.   Students practiced …

Midweek Inspiration

Kindergarten practices their independent singing and playing their sol mi pattern with a simple greeting.  Students show the rest by tapping the air with their mallets.  Sol mi, Sol-mi pattern turns into "Hel-lo Al-ex."  Check out a video here.   This is a great check in for solo singing and students who are matching pitch.  The …

Song Writing for Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, we have spent most of the year working on quarter notes, quarter rests and the letters in the music alphabet.  We've played games and had simple songwriting activities that have practiced these concepts individually.  Towards the end of the year we begin to put all of these concepts together by composing simple songs.  …