As children come to learn more and more about how music is put together, they will begin to have new ears to hear any music. They add critical thinking skills to their musical experiences and will enjoy many kinds of music. They also come to understand and love music as they have hands on experiences creating their own music. They can have that experience through private lessons or by just doing some of the fun lessons that I will share.

The lessons will center on the Elements of Music: Beat, Rhythm, Style, Melody, Expression, Form, Timbre, Harmony, and Texture. You can watch as children become confidant at discussing these elements and hearing them in the music they listen to each day. They will enjoy using these elements to create their own music.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Peter and the Wolf Lesson 3

In sequence, you should have already done the following:
1.  Watched the video so kids know the story and have heard the music.
2.  Worksheets so you've talked about the individual themes and instruments and characters
3.  You have printed out the pictures of the characters and the instrument.

The next thing I did with my kids was sit them all in a circle with the large pictures of the characters on the floor in the center of the circle.  Then I would play one of the themes and we'd see who could choose the correct pictures - both character and instrument.  Do this once or twice until you are confident they know them.

Following the group activity,  I had my kids work with a partner with small card size pictures of the characters and instruments.  I would again play the music and they would order their cards to match the order I played them.  After playing all 7 themes, we would check to see how they did.  This activity is reinforcement.

Now at last they should be ready to play "I See It".  This is a game where they have to act out each character - silently.  It's call "I See It" because I only want to see it - not hear it.  I let the kids show me how a duck would walk, how a sneaky cat would creep along, etc. so they all had a plan in mind for each of the characters.  Then the game starts.  I play a theme - they act it out.  When it looks like everyone is doing the right one, I say "I See It".  They all freeze and wait for the next piece of music to begin.   They'll do really great at being quiet at everything except the wolf and the hunters.  FYI:  I did not have my kids pretend shooting - we were hunters marching.

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