Quick activity idea post before I lose it outta my brain.
Did you know that there is a NEW creative on www.quavermusic.com? It’s called Songbrush (The new art easel in the shop) and my kindergartners and first graders gave it awesome reviews! Here’s a quick listening activity we did today.
In K-2 I like to focus on critical listening and discovering the movement, emotion, and style in music. One way we do this is by listening to music we have created and talk about how it made us feel, what is the tempo and dynamic, and how the music moves. Today we used Songbrush. I started out by just drawing a few sweeping lines along the staff and had them describe what they heard melodic contour wise (up, down, left, right, swirling, etc.) Then we learned that every name has a little music in it as I drew a few names in each class and talked about them.
The whole class was mesmorized on the screen with smiles drawn across their faces. One of my little kidnergartners after having his name drawn on the board piped up “Ms. Dwinal! That was a sweetastic time!” ..aahhh the little moments that make you smile.