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 6 - March Music and the Rhythm Band



I would teach this: Play 2,3,4 Rest, 2,3,4, Play 2,3,4 Rest 2,3,4 etc. throughout the music.


I would teach this: Rest, 2,3,4, Play 2,3,4 Rest 2,3,4  Play 2,3,4 etc. throughout the music.


I would teach this: Play, Play, Rest, Rest, etc. throughout the music

Wood blocks and Rhythm Sticks:

I would teach this: Rest, Rest, Play, Play, etc. throughout the music

If you notice, the Drums and Shakers have opposite patterns so they form a duet and it would be good to practice those two together.  The same holds true with the Scrapers and Woods.  They should practice together and get a feel for those parts.  Kindergarten kids can do this.  Younger than that depends completely on the children.  

The children will learn to follow a musical pattern and to keep the beat while they play.  Listen to the music and clap the beat before you ever do the music.  You can have them march to the beat also.  Then play the patterns with your hands by clapping and resting before you add the instruments.  Have fun. 

This first music is a cute piece of music that is easy to follow.

#1  Soldier's March by Schumann - 55 seconds

Alte Kameraden  3 min 11 seconds  by Andre Rieu and The Johann Strauss Orchestra.  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.

Use same musical patterns for both pieces of music.   Always remember to get the children to "play" the rests in the air so that they feel those beats!

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