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    Current Music Lessons

    Weeks of 5/16 & 5/23

     

    Kindergarten & 1st Grade

    (Look below the 2nd Grade assignment for more songs to sing after you complete your lesson!)

    Let's start out with a little monkey business! Let's have some fun with 'Five Little Monkeys!'

    Song: 'Five Little Monkeys!'

    Lyrics-

    Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head.

    Called the doctor and the doctor said, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

    No more monkeys jumping on the bed!

    Four little monkeys...(continue as above)

    Three little monkeys...

    Two little monkeys...

    One little monkey...

    No little monkeys...

     

    So, now that you're all warmed up, let's move and groove to one of your favorites...'The Kidz Bop Shuffle!' Keep a steady beat as you try to copy some of the Kidz Bop Kids dance moves! Do your best and have fun! : )

    The 'Kidz Bop Shuffle!'

     

    Are you ready for a story? How about a story about a little boy who wants to play a musical instrument...a trombone! I hope you like it! : ) 

    Story: 'Trombone Shorty'

     

    Here's a fun song that I introduced to some of you already. Just how would you get home if your bus broke down? Why not think of some ways and let me know! Anyway, this is one childs journey to get home after his bus breaks down!

    Song: 'A Long Way Home' as sung by Tom Chapin

    Lyrics:

    I was coming home in a yellow bus, but the bus broke down and stranded us!

    Coming home in a yellow bus, but the bus broke down and stranded us.

    It was a long, long, long, long long way home!

     

    So I hopped a train coming down the line, the caboose cam loose, I got left behind!

    Hopped a train coming down the line, the caboose came loose I got left behind.

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    So I found a boat by the river bank, but we hit a rock and it promptly sank!

    Found a boat by the river bank, but we hit a rock and it promprly sank!

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    So I got picked up by a submarine, but they left me off in the Philippines!

    Got picked up by a submarine, but they left me off in the Philippines!

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    Then I took a jet, but I couldn't pay, so they threw me out of the cargo bay!

    Took a jet, but I couldn't pay, so they threw me out of the cargo bay!

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    Oh, my parachute kept me safe from harm, but I landed in a tree on the neighbor's farm!

    Parachute kept me safe from harm, but I landed in a tree on the neighbor's farm!

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    So I jumped on a horse, but he threw a shoe, and I had to walk back home to you!

    Jumped on a horse, but he threw a shoe, and I had to walk back home to you!

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    So I'm sorry mom that I'm home so late, and the dinners cold and I made you wait!

    Sorry, mom that I'm home so late and the dinners cold and I made you wait!

    It was a long, long, long, long, long way home!

     

    Before we go, why not close with the 'Goony Bird Song' from 'Lomax the Hound of Music'! Watch the video and match the movements of the people in it...get those arms and legs moving! : )

    The Gooney Bird Song!

    Mother Gooney Bird, had seven chicks,

    seven chicks had Mother Gooney Bird,

    And they couldn't walk and they couldn't talk,

    but they all could go like this! (One WING!)

                          ...second time (Two WINGS!)

                              ...third time (One FOOT!)

                          ...Fourth time (Both FEET!)

                             ...Fifth time (Nod your HEAD!)

                              ...Last time (SIT DOWN!)

     

    2nd Grade

    'Seussical Junior!'

    'Oh, The Thinks You Can Think'

    'Horton Hears a Who'

    'McElligot's Pool'

    'Green Eggs And Ham'

    We've been working on this in class! Before the end of the school year, you will be performing this short musical for a small audience! Get more familiar with the stories from the musical! Select one of the stories that you haven't read along with yet to start this lesson! (Look below for a link!)

    Now let's focus on the first two songs of our musical, 'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!' and 'Horton Hears a Who'. As you sing the first two songs of the 'Megamix' just know that you will need to remember the words or lyrics WITHOUT looking at them (Lyric sheets WILL NOT be used for ANY of the four songs!). Practice singing them a number of times so you can put the words in your head...the more you sing them, the easier it will be to remember them! Oh, and don't forget the motions that I worked with you on for BOTH of the songs! : ) Don't worry, we will focus on 'McElligot's Pool' and 'Green Eggs and Ham' more in class!

    'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think' (Movement)

    On the word 'THINK' , point to your head.

    When you say 'INVISIBLE INK' pretend you are writing in the air.

    When you say 'STINK' pinch your nose like something smells!

    On 'STAIR TO THE SKY' choose an arm and slowly wave from low to high!

    On 'OPEN YOUR MIND'  put your fingers on the sides of your head, then pop them up and away spreading your fingers as you do this, as if ideas are flying out of your head!  

    On 'LINING UP TO GET LOOSE' point away from you and act as if you are 'counting' FOUR invisible things in front of you!

    On 'WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT SEUSS', on the word 'SEUSS' shrug your shoulders and freeze with your hands held out, palms up. (And don't forget to SMILE!  

     

    'Horton Hears a Who' - (Movement)

    First, FEEL the beat as the music begins. Now when you finally begin singing 'I'll just have to save him...', you begin 'swaying' (left, right, left, right,...) to the beat, but remember, the beat slows down little by little! Pay attention so we can all end up stopping at the same time on the last word - 'SMALL'.

     

    *Selected narrators (you know who you are!), your script parts are now here! Start practicing them and don't forget to put 'feeling' into them! : ) Don't worry, if you can't memorize all of your parts, the script will be used during the performance, just do your best!

    'SeussicathMusical' script

    Annabelle - 2H 

    It's great to learn something new and exciting,

    so we'd like to present something fun and inviting;

    With rhymes running wild and out on the loose,

    of course they were written by who? 

     

    ALL -

    DR. SEUSS!

    Song: 'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!' - full performance

    Song: 'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!' - accompaniment

    Lyrics

    Oh, the thinks you can think. Oh, the thinks you can think, if you're willing to try__.

    Think invisible ink, or a gink with a stink, or a stair to the sky___.

    If you open your mind oh, the thinks you will find, lining up to get loose___.

    Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!

     

    Ava - 2K (talking to all the kids...)

    We'll take a few stories and cook up a stew.

    Which Dr. Seuss story would you like to do?

     

    2K Kids -

    "If I Ran the Zoo."

     

    2H Kids -

    Or "Solla Sollew."

     

    2K Kids -

    How about Horton who heard a small Who?

     

    Ava - 2K

    "Horton Hears a Who!" is a great idea!

     

    ALL -

    HURRAY!

     

    Rylee - 2H (begins reading the story from the book...)

    On the eleventh of May, in the Jungle of Nool,

    in the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool,

    he was splashing.

     

    ALL -

    SPLASH!

     

    Madison - 2K

    Enjoying the jungle's great joys,

    when Horton the Elephant heard a small noise.

     

    2H Kids -

    Help! Help! (Together, very quietly!)

     

    Ava - 2K

    So Horton stopped splashing. He looked toward the sound.

    "That's funny," thought Horton, "There's no one around."

    Then he heard it again! Just a very faint yelp,

    as if some tiny person were calling for help.

     

    2K Kids -

    Help! Help! (Together, very quietly!)

     

    Annabelle - 2H

    "I'll help you," said Horton, "but who are you, and where?"

    He looked and he looked.

    He could see nothing there, but a small speck of dust blowing past, through the air.

    "I say! How confusing!

    I've never heard tell of a small speck of dust that is able to yell.

    So you know what I think? Why, I think that there must,

    be someone on top of that small speck of dust.

    Some poor little person, who's shaking with fear,

    that he'll blow in the pool!

    He has no way to steer!"

     

    2H Kids -

    (All together) He's alone in the universe!

     

    Rylee - 2H

    And Horton the Elephant said:

    Song - 'Horton Hears a Who' (One and Two) - full performance

    Song: 'Horton Hears a Who' (One and Two) - accompaniment

    Lyrics:

    I'll just have to save him because after all, a person's a person no matter how small.

    A person's a person, no matter how small.

     

    Clara - 2H

    So, gently and using the greatest of care,

    the elephant stretched his great trunk in the air.

    And he lifted the dust speck and carried it over

    and placed it down safe on a small speck of clover.

     

    ALL Kids -

    Thank you! (Together, very quietly!)

     

    Clara - 2H

    I won't let you down. No, I won't let you fall.

    Song: 'Horton Hears a Who' (One & Two) - full performance

    Song: 'Horton Hears a Who' (One & Two) - accompaniment

    Lyrics:

    I'll just have to save him because after all, a person's a person no matter how small.

    A person's a person, no matter how small.

     

    Ayden - 2K

    Now open your minds - you've got quite a tool.

    Let's all take a dive in McElligot's Pool!

    Song: 'It's Possible' - full performance

    Song: 'It's Possible' - accompaniment

    Lyrics - 

    This might be a pool, like I've read of in books,

    connected to one of those under-ground brooks!

    An under-ground river that starts here and flows,

    right under the bathtub and then, (spoken - 'who knows?')

    It's possible___, anything's possible!___

    It might go along down where no one can see, 

    right under State Highway Two Hundred and Three!

    Right under the wagons, right under the toes,

    of  (spoken - 'Mrs. Unbroso') who's hanging out clothes!

    It's possible___, anything's possible!___

    This might be a river, now mightn't it be,

    connecting McElligot's Pool (spoken - 'with the sea!').

    Then maybe some fish might be swimming, swimming towards me___.

    (Dance Break!)

    Oh, the sea is so full of a number of fish,

    if a fellow is patient, he might get his wish!

    And that's why I think that I'm not such a fool,

    when I sit here and fish in McElligot's Pool.

    It's possible___. Anything's possible!___

    It's possible___. Anything's possible!_____

     

    Ayden - 2K

    What have we learned so far from Dr. Seuss?

     

    2H Kids -

    A person's a person, no matter how small.

     

    2K Kids -

    Anything's possible.

     

    2H Kids -

    I hate green eggs and ham?

     

    Clara - 2H

    How did you learn that? We haven't had green eggs and ham.

     

    2K Kids -

    Let's have them now!

    2H Kids - 

    (pinching their noses) YUCK!

    Song: 'Green Eggs and Ham' - full performance 

    Song: 'Green Eggs and Ham' - accompaniment

    2H (Group 2)

    I do not like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like them Sam I am.

    I do not like them here or there. I do not like them anywhere.

    Not in a house. Not with a mouse. Not here or there. Not anywhere.

    I do not like Green Eggs and Ham. I do not like them Sam I am!

    2K (Group 1)

    Could you? Would you? With a goat?

    Could you? Would you? On a boat?

    Could you? Would you? In the rain?

    Could you? Would you? On a train?

    2H (Group 2)

    Not with a goat. Not on a boat. 

    Not in the rain. Not on a train.

    Not in a house. Not with a mouse. Oh, no!

    2K (Group 1)

    Not in a box?

    2H (Group 2)

    Not with a fox.

    2K (Group 1)

    Not in a tree?

    2H (Group 2)

    You let me be!

    ALL

    I do not like Green Eggs and Ham.

    (spoken)I do not like them Sam I am!

     

    Annabelle - 2H

    That was a wonderful story, I say,

    but that's all the time that we have for today.

    All kinds of wonderful lessons were taught,

    filling our thinkers with barrels of thought.

    And just to be sure that his poetry sticks,

    let's all sing a big Dr. Seuss Mega-Mix!

    Song: 'Seussical the Musical - Mega Mix!' - full performance

    Song: 'Seussical the Musical - Mega Mix!' - accompaniment

    Lyrics:

    ('Oh, the Thinks You Can Think')

    Oh, the thinks you can think, oh, the thinks you can think, if you're willing to try.

    Think invisible ink, or a gink with a stink, or a stair to the sky.

    If you open your mind, oh, the thinks you will find, lining up to get loose.

    Oh, the thinks you can think, when you think about Seuss!

    ('Horton Hears a Who')

    I'll just have to save him, because after all, a person's a person, no matter how small.

    A person's a person, no matter how small.

    (McElligot's Pool')

    Oh, and that's why I think that I'm not such a fool, when I sit here and fish in McElligot's Pool.

    It's possible. Anything's possible!

    ('Green Eggs and Ham')

    I do not like Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them Sam I Am,

    I do not like them here or there, I do not like them anywhere.

    Not in a house, not with a mouse, not here or there, not anywhere.

    I do not like Green Eggs and Ham, I do not like them Sam I Am!

    Seuss!  Seuss!  Seuss!

    I do not like Green Eggs and Ham!

     

    Here are the stories that go along with our musical, 'Seussical!' Pick a favorite and read along with the featured storyteller!

    Story - 'Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!' by Dr. Seuss

    Story - 'Horton Hears a Who!' by Dr. Seuss

    Story - 'McElligot's Pool' by Dr. Seuss

    Story - 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss

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    All you Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Graders, do you want to sing some more??? Look below, click on your favorites and SING!!! : )

    *K, 1st & 2nd Grade (or older) Song Extras!

    Fun songs that we've sung before in class! Watch the music videos, sing and move to the music! Can you clap to the steady beat? Why not try! : )

    'The Ants Go Marching'

    If You're Happy and You Know It

    Over In The Meadow

    Knick Knack Paddy Whack - ('This Old Man!')

    Zudio

    Listen to the Water

    Big Beautiful Planet

    Shiny Clean Dance

    There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

    Dinosaur Rap!

    Up, Up, Up!

    Kidz Bop Shuffle (first song)

     

    3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Grades, G/T

     

    TWO Quizzes week of 4/18 - 1) Note Naming (A,B,C,D,E,F,G)

                                                     2) & Note Values (identifying eighth notes to whole notes)  

           ONE Quiz week of 4/25 - 3) Barred instruments/Ranges

    Music Theory, the art of understanding and making music!

    I hope you are making progress on learning how to read simple melodies? Use your study sheets that we created in class or review the study guide I provided you below to make sure that you understand these ideas BEFORE taking your quizzes!

    Types of BARRED instruments...

    WOOD Bars - Xylophone

    METAL (dull gray) Bars - Metallophone

    STEEL (shiny silver) Bars - Glockenspeil

    Range of the instrument (how high, medium, or low they sound)

    SOPRANO (high range) - instrument size - small

    ALTO (medium range, not high or low) - instrument size - medium

    BASS (low range) - instrument size - large

    Do you remember who created these smaller versions of the full-size, adult instruments? Carl Orff, a German composer and music educator! By the way, these instruments are better known to music teachers as, you guessed it, 'Orff Instruments'!

    Now that you've been introduced to the instruments, you need to practice your note naming and note identification skills so we can play some songs! Remember our musical alphabet is A,B,C,D,E,F,G, then repeats over and over. Also remember your SENTENCE for the lines - Every Good Boy Does Fine (bottom to top) and your WORD for the spaces - FACE (bottom to top). 

    I know that you've done some of these exercises before, but as they say, practice makes perfect! Pick and choose the ones that will help you remember the most!

    Note Naming

    Okay, now practice will definitely help you, so challenge yourselves! Do this as many times as you need to, the more times you do it, the BETTER you will be at naming the notes! : )

    Note Naming Challenge - Video

     

    Note Values & Rest Values

    Now, with Note Naming well underway, let's place our focus on knowing how long to si ng or play those notes! Note/Rest values are both sound and silence - without silence, we wouldn't have music! These videos show the 'SOUND' in Note Values - Whole Note, Half Note, Quarter Note, Eighth Note and Sixteenth Note as well as the 'SILENCE' in Rest Values - Whole Rest, Half Rest, Quarter Rest, Eighth Rest and Sixteenth Rest. Pay close attention to what they look like and are called, as well as how long each note is sung or played.

    'Note Values' - From Green Bean's Music - Video

    'Rest Values' - From Green Bean's Music - Video

    NOTE VALUES - 'Read Music With Pizza!'

    NOTE VALUES - 'Music Math with Pizza!'

    NOTE VALUES - 'More Music Math!'

    Music Theory

    Barred Instruments

    Instrument Quiz 1

     

    REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER!!!

    Note Naming

    Our music STAFF has 5 LINES and 4 SPACES.

    LINES - from bottom to top - Every, Good, Boy, Does, Fine

    SPACES - from bottom to top - the word FACE

     

     

    REMEMBER, REMEMBER, REMEMBER!!!

    NOTE VALUE & REST VALUE (and what they look like!)

    Whole Note - 4 beats of sound - 'open' note head, NO stem or flag.

    Whole Rest - 4 beats of silence - a BOX 'hanging from' the fourth line of the staff. 

    Dotted Half Note - 3 beats of sound - an 'open' note head with a stem and a dot.

    Half Note - 2 beats of sound - An 'open' note head with a stem.

    Half Rest - 2 beats of silence - a BOX 'setting on' the third line of the staff.

    Quarter Note - 1 beat of sound (THIS is our beat!) - a 'solid' note head with a stem

    Quarter Rest - 1 beat of silence - a crooked, 'Christmas tree-like'  vertical symbol.

    Eighth Note - 1/2 beat of sound - a 'solid' note head with a stem and a flag.

    Eighth Rest - 1/2 beat of silence - a symbol that looks like a '7'.

     

    WORK HARD, GOOD LUCK! : )