The Seals enjoyed the colored castanets on their nose and tapped away to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “(Name) the Blue-Nosed Reindeer,” responding to their name and individual color. These preschoolers kept a steady tapping rhythm to my guitar strum. To end the year, we pushed and pulled a red stretchy band in all directions to “Jingle Bells.” Great direction followers, we worked on swaying side to side; they were all smiles jumping up and down with the band and pushing in and pulling out. See you in January 2012!
“Hot Cross Buns.” The Mustangs have progressed in working together as a team and all having the same idea with the recorders. A few students have discovered new ways to make recorder sounds that I have never heard before. Most of the students have improved in their fine motor skills in coordinating their fingers to cover the holes and learned to control their breath to produce a smooth controlled sound. Our recorder ensemble is bonding and the music is a way for the students to connect to each other. We are excited to share our recorder solos and “Hot Cross Buns” at the Winter Sing-A-Long on Friday! I am going to bring them edible hot cross buns as a celebratory snack!
As their new music teacher, I am learning what the students already know so that I may continue their musical learning. The Heros have asked if they can write music notes and I play what they write. So I handed out music boards to groups of students and told them to work together to write some notes. Demonstrating on a larger board, I showed them some examples of notes and stated that we were going to combine all our notes to make a song. I learned that several students take music lessons and already know how to notate music while it was new for a couple of students. For the students who this was new, they were resourceful, looking at the rug to copy the notes the saw. I played our composition and they were proud of themselves. They said, “It sounds good. Can you record it and we take it home?” I told them that we would write more notes (working on rhythm and melody) in January 2012 and maybe even write a song together. Maybe even something for the musical!