Monday, February 4, 2019

Aiken Drum

Kindergarteners have been singing the song "Aiken Drum" to practice keeping the steady beat.  The song goes like this:

There was a man lived in the moon,
Lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his head was made of pizza,
Of pizza, of pizza,
And his head was made of pizza,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

And his ____ was made of ____,
Of ____, of ____,
And his ____ was made of ____,
And his name was Aiken Drum.

Students substituted all of his body parts for different kinds of food.  As we sang about each body part, we tapped the steady beat on that part of our body.  We also drew Aiken Drum on the board.  He looked pretty crazy!

Listen to the song here:


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Grandma's Glasses

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Kindergartners have just learned the fingerplay "Grandma's Glasses."  Fingerplays are songs or rhymes with actions.  These help students to show the meaning of the words with their actions and the inflection of their voices.

We loved showing Grandma's teeny tiny glasses and hat and Grandpa's great big glasses and hat.

The words to this fingerplay are:

These are Grandma's glasses,
(make small circle with fingers for each eye to look through)
And this is Grandma's hat.
(place one hand flat on top of head)
And this is the way she folds her hands,
(fold hands)
And puts them in her lap.
(set folded hands in lap)

These are Grandpa's glasses,
(make large circles with hands for each eye to look through)
And this is Grandpa's hat.
(hold hands and arms straight up and out)
And this is the way he folds his arms,
(fold arms)
Just like that.
(bounce folded arms up and down three times)


Hear Miss Randell's class recite the rhyme by clicking the link below:
Grandma's Glasses

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Cousin Peter



First graders have been singing an action song about a cousin who likes to visit their house and teases them while he's there.  "Cousin Peter" pretends to be a bear and scoops the child up into the air before he leaves.

Actions songs teach us how to show the lyrics of the song with our bodies.  This particular action song also helped us practice keeping the beat.  Each one of the motions we did followed the beat of the song.

The words are:


Last evening Cousin Peter came,
Last evening Cousin Peter came,
Last evening Cousin Peter came,
Just to say that he was here. (walk in place)


He wiped his feet upon the mat… (alternately wipe feet)


He hung his hat upon the peg… (alternately touch head and reach hand out in front)

He picked me up into the air… (alternately reach low and lift both hands up into the air)


He played he was a great big bear… (with both arms up, rock back and forth)

He took a bow and said, “Good-bye.”... (alternately bow and wave good-bye)

This has been a fun song for us to sing and students have really enjoyed the silly things that Cousin Peter does.

Hear Miss Gagnon's class sing the song by clicking the link below:
Cousin Peter

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Tongo

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First graders learned a new echo song called "Tongo."  This Polynesian canoe song is a song that is sung to help the people paddling a canoe all row to the steady beat.  To practice this, students sat in imaginary canoes and all rowed at the same time.  They echoed the song while they did this.  The words to the song are:


Tongo, (Tongo,)
Chimney bye bye oh,
(Chimney bye bye oh,)
Tongo, (Tongo,)
Oom ba de kim bye oh,
(Oom ba de kim bye oh,)
Ooh alay, (Ooh alay,)

Mahle kaah lo way. (Mahle kaah lo way.)

We also enjoyed keeping the steady beat on the gathering drum while we rowed. Can you echo your child singing this song?

Hear Ms. Giguere's class sing this song by clicking the link below:

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Kye Kye Kule

As we return to school from Winter Break, 2nd Graders have gone back to work on an echo song to help them start off the new year with their best singing voices.

This echo song is from Ghana and it is called Kye Kye Kule.  Though many students were able to learn this song quickly and wanted to sing along with the leader, we discussed how this is an echo song and it is always meant to be echoed, even when we know it really well.  To demonstrate this point, students watched a video of children in Ghana singing this song on the playground.  Even though they knew the song really well, the group always echoed the leader.  You can watch this video here:



Then, we talked about how the children in the video are using more of a shouting voice than a singing voice.  The singing style is different in Ghana, but in music class, students are still expected to use their best and most gentle sound.

Kye kye, Kule. (Kye kye, Kule.)
Kye kye, Kofinsa. (Kye kye, Kofinsa.)
Kofinsa langa. (Kofinsa langa.)
Kaka shi langa. (Kaka shi langa.)
Kum adende. (Kum adende.)
Kum adende.  Hey!

In addition to singing this song as an echo song, students also played a passing game.  At the end of the song, each student who was out got to get an egg shaker and join the shaker band.  They practiced keeping the steady beat while they were there.  The winner got to play the maraca!

Hear Ms. McCance's class sing the song by clicking the link below:
Kye Kye Kule

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Bling, Blang

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One of our focuses in preschool music is becoming "beatful" - that is having the ability to keep the steady beat.  To help us become beatful, we sing songs and keep the beat with our bodies or instruments.


We have been singing a fun song about tools called "Bling, Blang."  First, students kept the beat by miming a hammer and a saw on their hand.  Next, we added some instruments - the claves that tap were the hammer and the sand blocks that scrape were the saw.  Students listened carefully so they would play at the correct time.


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Once we had a chance to play these instruments to the beat, I introduced a book about this song that had some more words.  We listened to the verses of the song, then played our instruments during the refrain.  We also listened to a recording of someone else singing this song.

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Hear Mrs. Beaudry's preschool class play the steady beat on instrument with the song:
Bling Blang Instruments
Hear Mrs. Beaudry's preschool class sing the song:
Bling Blang

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Winter Concert 2018

Band and Chorus performed in their Winter Concert last week.  In total, we had 50 Chorus students, 36 White Band, and 17 Maroon Band.  It was a full house!  If you missed our performance, please see the videos below.  Thanks to Ms. Looney for recording our concert.  We have a few different views of each performance so hopefully you can see your child!

Chorus:




White Band:



Maroon Band:

(Sorry I forgot to press record on my camera so this is the only video of Maroon Band.  Also check them out in the 5th Grade Holiday Program video.)