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.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

RHYTHM LESSON 10 - The Rhythm Band with Notation

Now that the children have transitioned to music notation we will go back to the Rhythm Band Lesson and play the instruments while reading music notation.  The music is a little more difficult now.  You will still see patterns where two different instruments are playing opposite of each other.  You will also see that we have added half notes.  These get 2 beats and are read as "Ta-ah".  You will also see a quarter note with two slashes through the stem in the tambourine music.  That indicates that you shake the instrument on those notes.  So the tambourine has two strokes: tap and shake.

We'll use the same pieces of music that we used before and I will suggest some other pieces that would work as well.  The music is in either 2/4 or 4/4 time signature.  These are called duple time and can be adapted to any piece of music that is in duple time and has a strong beat and a good tempo for the children.  So if you have favorite pieces of music that would work, please feel free to adapt. When you play along with a piece of music you will be able to feel if it works.

At the end of each instrument's music you will see two lines with two dots in front of them. This is the repeat sign.  Each instrument repeats the same musical pattern throughout the piece of music.

The Soldier's March - Robert Schumann  55 seconds  Duple time 2/4


Alte Kameraden  3 min 11 seconds  by Andre Rieu and The Johann Strauss Orchestra.  Duple Time 4/4  -  You can stop at the end of the first section which is at 38 seconds.  OR to have some real fun with this music play that first section and then get up and march until the timer gets to 1 min 55 seconds and then play again until 2 minutes 25 seconds and then march until the end.  It is such a fun piece of music.  If you play the piece and watch the timer, when it gets to 1 min 48 seconds, Andre plays a little bridge that tells you to get ready - it's time to play again.

Music in 2/4 time:

Oh, Susanna (Bluegrass arrangement)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AML7ozbXCds

Washington Post March https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr0CLv1ic9o&playnext=1&list=PL7DFA2B1866C5FE1F&feature=results_video

Music in 4/4 time:

Semper Fidelis March  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--SVyKdx8u0&

Sesame Street Nasty Dan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H75eQX006jA

Elmo sings Be Doodle De Dum  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI9OaTJyg_Y

Bingo  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88yBdv9L6R8 

Under the Sea  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPQVrjnC1jo 

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