Posted in Classical Music, Dance Activities, Instrument Activities, Kindergarten, Movement Activities, Steady beat

Shakey Shakey Egg

These kindergartners love any chance they can get to use our egg shakers.  Today we were singing one of our favorites: Shakey Shakey Egg!  We also LOVE to shake our egg shakers to “The Troll Song”- aka In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.  I get daily requests for The Troll Song.  🙂


Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, Classical Music, Dance Activities, Movement Activities, Scarves, Spring Activities

Rondo Form and “Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi

Students in first and second grade are learning about Rondo Form.  A song is in rondo form if it has an A section that is repeated several times, with new sections in between each A section.  An example of a song that is in rondo form  is Spring by the famous Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi.  When we listen to Spring, we call the A section “The Trees” because it is played by the whole string family and sounds strong and graceful like trees in a forest.   This tree or A section music is represented with green and brown scarves.

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After the tree music comes “The Birds,” which sounds different from the trees: it is played by violins which trill and sound a bit like chirping.  Because this new section sounds different, we give it the next letter of the alphabet and call it the B section!   The bird music or B section is represented by pink and purple scarves.

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After the bird music, the tree music comes back.

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Next we hear new music that does not sound like the tree music or the bird music, it is bubbly but peaceful sounding, so this music is “The River.”  Because it is different than the A section and the B section, we give it the next letter of the alphabet, and call it the C section.  The river music or C section is represented with blue scarves.

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After the river music, the tree music comes back again!  Next we hear music in a minor key that has a fast tempo and sound “zig zaggy,” so this music is “The Thunder and Lightening Storm,” and we call it the D section.  The storm music, or D section is represented by yellow and white scarves.

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Suddenly, we hear music that sounds just like the trees, but is still in a minor key, so this is tree AND storm music- we still call it the A section though.

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Next, we hear slow violins playing: this is “The Rising Sun,” and is the E section.

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Then we hear music that sounds a lot like the trees but is a little different, so this is the tree AND sun music- but we still call it the A section.

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Towards the end, the bird music (B section) comes back!

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And finally, the song finishes with another section of tree music (A section).

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The form of the song is: ABACADAEABA

I usually help students the first two times we do the activity (I do it two times every week for about three weeks, they always ask to do it again and again).  The next week, I tell them they need to hear their part on their own!

We also have a coloring sheet to go along with the activity:

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Click here for the PDF: Spring Rondo Form

You can listen to Spring at home by clicking here

You can watch real musicians play it by clicking here!

Posted in 1st and 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th and 5th Grade, Dance Activities, Fourth Grade, Movement Activities, Multicultural Activities

All-School Dance Unit

This week, Ms. Friedmann’s music classes and Mr. Powers’ gym classes have been teaming up in the gym for a dance unit!  Some of the dances we have been learning include La Raspa (Mexican Hat Dance) from Mexico, Jibidi Ibida from France, Troika from Russia, Seven Jumps from Denmark, the Hokey Pokey, the Cha Cha Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, the Bunny Hop, the Alley Cat, the Twist, and the Chicken Dance.

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5th grade students dance the Troika


3rd grade students dance La Raspa, or The Mexican Hat Dance

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2nd grade students dancing The Chicken Dance!

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1st grade students doing a mirroring exercise.