Category Archives: Instrument Play

Nonverbal Communication Through Instrument Play

The Parish students work on their social skills and I wanted to give elementary students a musical opportunity to practice.  Focusing on nonverbal communication by having students follow a leader through instrument play, we work on eye contact, taking turns, … Continue reading

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The Vegetable Orchestra: Vegetable Instruments

The Chefs experienced a whole new level of music making: with vegetables!  We watched a video about The Vegetable Orchestra where the musicians create all their instruments based on vegetables: carrots, leeks, celery, pumpkin, beans, bell peppers, and more.  They … Continue reading

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“What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?” Extended Pages

Continuing on the theme of Mo Willems books for a music lesson, I found the book, What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?  Cat asks every animal what is their sound and they respond: Cow moos, Chick peeps, and Hound woofs.  … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Band

“That was really cool!” -B. Chefs “My mom said I can’t do that at home.” – T. Chefs The Chefs were a kitchen band today!  I brought items found in our school’s kitchen for the students to make music.  We … Continue reading

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A Short Musical Trip of South America

The Explorers are learning about South America, so in music, we briefly explored the music, instruments, and dance of Brazil.  We listened to a YouTube video of some traditional Brazilian music, featuring a cuica.  It is a percussion instrument that … Continue reading

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The Water Gong

“Wow, that’s so cool.” – L. Penguins               It’s the week of the elementary musical and through the midst of rehearsals, I wanted to have something cool for the students as a break.  The … Continue reading

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More Instrument Exploration

It was a great day for trying new instruments in the All-Stars and Alligators class!  I read “Root-A-Toot-Toot” to the All-Stars and they tried the three brass instruments: French Horn, trumpet, and trombone.  They all worked to put their lips … Continue reading

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