Have fun exploring past music activities of the day!

  • Activity of the Day!

    Happy music class throwback Thursday! #throwbackThursday

    Today we will throw it back to November and then March when third graders learned the silly song "Michael Finnegan".

    michael finnegan and this old man song

    Michael finnegan lyrics

    Sing a-long with this video!

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    Happy week 4 of Jazz Appreciation Month!

    All of April we are celebrating jazz history, musicians, instruments, and styles #JazzyWednesday. Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation.

    American folk songs remade into jazz tunes

    Today we are learning about two famous folk songs and how two of my favorite jazz musicians turned them into jazz tunes! Ella Fitzgerald's 'A Tisket A Tasket' and Wynton Marsalis (with fiddle player Mark O'Connor) 'Boil Them Cabbage'.

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald

    April 25th, 1917- June 15th- 1996

    Ella Fitzgerald was the first African-American woman to win multiple Grammy Awards and the first star to perform during the Super Bowl Half Time Show (along with Carol Channing). While it certainly takes a lot of courage to get up and perform in front of that many people, those who knew her said that she was extremely shy. She is known as the “First Lady of Song” and the “Queen of Jazz”. In her 60 year career, Ella recorded 200 albums,  won 14 Grammy Awards, sold 40 million albums and won a lifetime achievement award!  “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” skyrocketed Ella's career.  In 1938 it hit number one, selling 1 million copies, and stayed on the pop charts for 17 weeks.

    http://www.ellafitzgerald.com/

  • Wynton Marsalis

    Wynton Marsalis

    Born: October 18th, 1961

    Wynton Marsalis is a world renown trumpet musician, composer, jazz bandleader, music educator, and a leading advocate for jazz music. “He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz”- BAM.org He grew up in a musical family in the heartland of jazz, New Orleans. Wynton Marsalis continues to be awarded numerous accolades. These includes nine Grammys, countless honorary doctor degrees, He was the first musician to win Grammy Awards in both jazz and classical music categories in the same year and the first jazz artist to win the Pulitzer prize.

    https://wyntonmarsalis.org/

  • Activity of the Day

    Rhythm Rhythm Rhythm!

    rhythm definition

    Rhythm, rhythm, rhythm fun and very short video

    Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed your April vacation week off from school work.Today we are learning about rhythm. In September we defined rhythm as the pattern of long and short sounds and silences in music. Let's review the names of rhythms and practice echoing, counting, and tapping along with the videos below.

    whole, half, quarter, eight notes  


  • Activity of the Day

    "Rhapsody in Blue"

    Happy Friday and happy almost vacation! Today I am sharing with you a fun piece of music by George Gershwin titled "Rhapsody in Blue." Even Walt Disney liked this music so much his team made it apart of their movie Fantasia 2000. Today I hope you enjoy learning about George Gershwin and hearing his music. In our composer unit some of our groups learned about George Gershwin including Tommy and Mae from Ms. Lamare's class.

    Gershwin Composer Snapshot


  • Activity of the Day

    "Rocky Mountain"

    It is throwback Thursday and today I am highlighting a fourth grade favorite from September "Rocky Mountain." Have fun singing and doing the motions along with this song! #ThrowbackThursday

    If you don't already know or remember the song please watch this video!

    rocky mountain song

    rocky mountain with actions

    Rocky Mountain song

  • Activity of the Day

    Happy week 3 of Jazz Appreciation Month!

    "It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing!"

    jazz appreciation month posters

    All of April we are celebrating jazz history, musicians, instruments, and styles. #JazzyWednesday Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation.

    "It Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing!" was coined the theme song of the jazz swing era. This style of music first appeared during the Great Depression. The optimistic feeling of swing music lifted the spirits of everyone in America. This is fun song to sing and dance to!


  • Activity of the Day

    Play Your Homemade Instrument!

    Grab the instrument you made yesterday because today we are going to use them to play to some music. If you missed yesterdays activity check it out here.

    Homemade Guitar play-a-long to J.S. Bach's Bouree in E minor

     

    Tambourine or Egg Shaker play-a-long to Alberto Ginastera's Malambo from his ballet suite Estancia

    Want to learn more about the composer Alberto Ginastera and his Malambo?

    Ginastera info

    Wondering what a Malambo dance looks like? Check it out here.

     

  • Activity of the Day

    Make Your Own Instrument at Home!

    Today I want to encourage you so step away from your computer screen and get creative by making your own musical instrument. It doesn't have to be fancy and you should just use what you have around your house. You might have some plastic easter eggs that would be perfect for today. The Cincinati Symphony Orchestra has posted some great videos to give you a few choices. Just a heads up tomorrow we will use your newly made instrument.

    Make your own egg shaker

    Egg shaker materials list: Plastic eggs, scissors, tape, something to put inside the egg (dried beans, beads, pasta, popcorn kernels, rice etc.).

    Make your own guitar

    Guitar materials list: cardboard box (tissue box) and rubberbands

    Make your own tambourine

    Tambourine materials list: paper plates, Hole punch, fasteners (pipe cleaners, string, tape, etc.), Jingles such as jingle bells, or small dry objects (beads, macaroni, beans), Markers  (to decorate)

    Additional make your own instrument tutorial:  This is includes a rain stick, cereal box guitar, maracas, kazzoo (please skip this one it won't be helpful for tomorrow).

    HAVE FUN!!!

  • Activity of the Day!

    Happy Throwback Thursday! Today we are kicking it back to our November harmony unit when 5th graders and Alden chorus members learned the partner song "One Bottle of Pop." #ThrowbackThursday 

    one bottle of pop song  


  • Activity of the Day

    Jazz Appreciation Month week 2

    It's the 2nd week of Jazz Appreciation Month! All of April we are celebrating Jazz history, musicians, instruments, and styles. #JazzyWednesday

    Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation. 

    Jazz History timeline

    Let's here some music from where it all began with BLUES, Brass Bands, African Traditions, and RAGTIME!

  • Activity of the Day

    PLAYING MELODIES

    Yesterday we reviewed note reading so today let's read pitch on the music staff while playing songs! Grab those boomwhackers and play-a-long with some classic songs. Wait, you don't have boomwhackers at home? That is okay! There is a website that you can play boomwhackers on your computer. Just make sure to have both windows open and the boomwhacker window on top.

    boomwhackers and mary had a little lamb

    Boomwhackers

     

    Hot Cross Buns

    Mary Had a Little Lamb

    Au Clare De La Lune

     


  • Activity of the Day!

    Let's review how musicians read pitch on the treble clef music staff.

    Spaces= FACE and lines= Every Good Boy Does Fine

    treble clef notes  


  • Activity of the Day 

    SOLFEGE!

    Before we start singing in music class we always warm-up our voices with solfege. I bet you could sing our warmup without me. Try it out: do mi do.... re ti re... do mi sol.. so fa re... ti re sol... mi so. do.. re ti sol... sol mi do!

    Yesterday we sang "Whacky Do Re Mi" and "Doe a Deer" to help us remember our solfege in order from low to high. Today watch Bobby McFerrin's quick Ted Talk about the Power of the Penatonic. (You should sing and jump along with him!) Then play the pentatonic solfege game memory game. Lastly, we have sung quite a few songs in music class using the pentatonic notes so go ahead and sing "Great Big House."


  • Activity of the Day

    Today we are celebrating throwback Thursday. Remember in January we learned about solfege and scales? Have fun singing these music class favorites!  #ThrowbackThursday

     do re mi quack

    Whacky Do Re Mi- cartoon version

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  • Activity of the Day!

    Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

    On this site every Wednesday in April we will celebrate Jazz, its history, musicians, instruments, and styles. #JazzyWednesday

    Jazz Appreciation Month 2020 Poster

    What is Jazz?

    Jazz is an American style of music that grew out of blues and ragtime music created by African Americans living at the end of the 1800’s and early 1900’s. It is based on the ideas of rhythm, colaboration, and improvisation.

    A great place to start learning about Jazz is BrainPop!

    https://www.brainpop.com/artsandmusic/musicalgenres/jazz/