- Acka Backa Soda Cracker - a circle/stone passing game where a steady beat is a must!
- A Tisket, A Tasket - Kindergartners (and apparently 1st graders, too!) enjoyed this simple game with a catchy melody, especially with a few theatrics thrown in.
- Follow the Drinking Gourd - 2nd graders, mesmerized by the hauntingly beautiful melody and the intense history of the song, showed their understanding of both music and the Underground Railroad as they drew maps depicting the slaves' path to freedom.
- Meditative Listening - Students demonstrated their ability to calm their bodies, listen, and reflect on sometimes heart-wrenching music. It's amazing what students will discover in themselves when beautiful music reaches them on a deep emotional level.
- Instrument Exploration and Workshops - Bringing string, woodwind, and brass instruments into the classroom was an invigorating experience for students who got to see, hear, touch, and play "real instruments" while learning about the physics of sound and the construction of instruments.
- Incredibox - Children and adults alike can't help but be drawn to this addicting website where you create your own musical tracks with nothing but a capella samples and ostinatos.
- Song compositions - When 1st and 2nd graders were given the opportunity to create their own lyrics to folk songs, their creativity flourished. Combining music with literacy, students grappled with how adapt their ideas to a song's meter, rhythm, and melody.
This and so much more are in store for next year. In the meantime, I hope you'll take a look at the newly updated Resources page and its sub-sections with websites for music composition, games and exercises, recordings, and musician studies. Please feel free to contact me at any point throughout the summer for ideas on how to do music with your child at home, more websites to explore, and ideas for next year!