Posted in 3rd Grade, Autumn Activities, Halloween, Instrument Activities

Pass the Pumpkin 


Students in third grade played a game called “Pass the Pumpkin” and used xylophones, a rain stick, and the gong to accompany their singing! The song has a minor sound to it. In music, minor means a haunting or sad sound. The opposite of minor is major.

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Posted in 3rd Grade, Autumn Activities, First Week, Fourth Grade, Scavenger Hunt

Musician Scavenger Hunts!

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Third and fourth graders started out the year in music by getting to know their classmates…. musically!  Students had to find kids in their class who fit different musical descriptions- someone who was joining band, someone who was in chorus last year, someone who could name a note on the staff, someone who could name an instrument shown in a picture, etc.  It’s a great way to get the kids talking about music in their lives and their knowledge of music, while at the same time getting re-familiarized with the music room and getting to know new friends!

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Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Autumn Activities, Classical Music, Halloween

Danse Macabre by Mr. Saint Saens

Students in first, second, and third grade have been listening to and learning about Danse Macabre by French composer Camille Saint Saens.   Danse Macabre is French for “Dance of the Dead.”  Perfect for the Halloween season!!  We have learned (or reviewed) that a composer is someone who makes up a song and writes it down using music notes.  We also discuss that music can tell a story, and that many songs have “themes” in them.  Danse Macabre, for us, has a “skeleton theme” and a “ghost theme.”   The ghost theme is smooth and soaring, like a ghost moaning and flying.  The skeleton theme is choppy and bumpy, like a skeleton’s rattling bones!  Sometimes the skeleton theme is even accompanied by a xylophone, to imitate the sound of bones.

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In first and second grade, students listen to the song and place magnet-backed pieces onto a map of the piece as we listen.   In second and third grade, we watch a real orchestra playing the piece.  Third graders learned about the instruments of the orchestra last year, so it was lots of fun to identify the instruments by sound and sight!

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Posted in 3rd Grade, Autumn Activities, Halloween, Rhythm

Musical Jack-o-Lanterns as Note and Rest Review

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Students in 3rd grade learned about half rests and whole rests, and reviewed the “real names” for many other music notes and rests.  Then they practiced drawing them by using them to create jack-o-lanterns.  On the back of each Jack-o-Lantern, students filled in a chart to show which four notes/rests they used, what the  name for each note or rest was, and how many beats each note or rest gets.

Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Autumn Activities, Classical Music, Halloween

Danse Macabre by Camille Saint Saens

Students in first, second, and third grade have been listening to and learning about Danse Macabre by French composer Camille Saint Saens.   Danse Macabre is French for “Dance of the Dead.”  Perfect for the Halloween season!!  We have learned (or reviewed) that a composer is someone who makes up a song and writes it down using music notes.  We also discuss that music can tell a story, and that many songs have “themes” in them.  Danse Macabre, for us, has a “skeleton theme” and a “ghost theme.”   The ghost theme is smooth and soaring, like a ghost moaning and flying.  The skeleton theme is chopping and bumpy, like a skeleton’s rattling bones!  Sometimes the skeleton theme is even accompanied by a xylophone, to imitate the sound of bones.

ghost skeleton

In first and second grade, students listen to the song and place velcro-backed pieces onto a map of the piece as we listen.  In third grade, students each have their own individual “board game” of the song, and they use a bingo chip to keep track of where we are in the piece as we listen.  In second and third grade, we have watched a real orchestra playing the piece!

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Students in Mrs. Hayne’s second grade class watch a real orchestra play Danse Macabre and do their movements along with the music.

Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Autumn Activities, Classical Music, Halloween

Danse Macabre

Students in first, second, and third grade have been listening to and learning about Danse Macabre by French composer Camille Saint Saens.  We have learned (or reviewed) that a composer is someone who makes up a song and writes it down using music notes.  In first and second grade, students listen to the song and place velcro-backed pieces onto a map of the piece.  In third grade, students each have their own individual “board game” of the song, and they use a bingo chip to keep track of where we are in the piece as we listen.  In second and third grade, we have watched a cool PBS cartoon made to go along with the piece, as well as a real orchestra playing the piece!

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Students in Mrs. Hayne’s second grade class watch the orchestra play Danse Macabre “on the big screen” as we like to say.  Students love to act out playing the different instruments while we watch. Students learn, in depth, about the instrument families and individual instruments of the orchestra in January of second grade.