Friday, October 11, 2019

No More Pie

Image result for pie clipartAs students learn to use their singing voices, kindergartners sing a lot of echo songs.  Echo songs are a simple way for students to hear and memorize and short phrase and immediately sing it back.  First, students echo as a whole class, then individuals sing solos.

We have had a lot of fun with the rhyming song "No More Pie."  Once students were comfortable singing the song, we even got to play it on the xylophone!

Can your child lead you in this echo song? The words are:

Oh my (echo: Oh my)
No more pie. (No more pie.)
Pie's too sweet. (Pie's too sweet.)
I want a piece of meat. (I want a piece of meat.)
Meat's too red. (Meat's too red.)
I want a piece of bread. (I want a piece of bread.)
Bread's too brown. (Bread's too brown.)
I think I'll go to town. (I think I'll go to town.)
Town's too far. (Town's too far.)
I think I'll take a car. (I think I'll take a car.)
Car won't go. (Car won't go.)
I stubbed my toe. (I stubbed my toe.)
Toe made me cry. (Toe made me cry.)
I want a piece of pie. (I want a piece of pie.)
Oh my (Oh my)
No more pie. (No more pie.)

Hear Mrs. Scavone's kindergarten class sing this song by clicking this link: No More Pie.

Did your child sing you this song from their "Ask Me" sheet? Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form.  Your child will earn a sticker!

Frog in the Meadow

Image result for frog clipartAs part of our First Steps in Music curriculum, preschoolers and kindergarteners have learned the simple song "Frog in the Meadow."  A simple song is a song that students learn through a whole song approach - listening to the song sung to them several times until it is internalized and they can sing it by themselves.

First, students listened while the song was sung to them.  Following the words of the song, students used a "stick" (their finger) to stir the meadow grass around to find the frog.  They got to choose different parts of their body to look for the frog in until he popped out of the tall grass.

After several weeks of only listening to the song, students were given the opportunity to sing the song as a group, accompanied by Mrs. Hiltz on the frog guiro.  This helped to build independence, as students sang without help from the teacher.
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After some practice singing the song as a group came the ultimate test of their singing independence: students sang the song solo for the class while playing the frog guiro.  

Ask your child to sing the song for you.  The lyrics are below:

Frog in the meadow

Can't get him out.
Take a little stick and 
Stir him about.

Hear Mrs. Scavone's class sing the song by clicking the link below:

Frog in the Meadow

Did your child sing this song for you?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form.  Your child will earn a sticker!

Hop Old Squirrel

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 1st Graders just learned a new simple song called "Hop Old Squirrel."  Students learn simple songs through the whole song approach.  They listen to the song several times until they have internalized it and can sing it themselves.  Luckily, we could have the squirrel do all sorts of motions and act them out to keep us busy while we listened.

After a few weeks of just listening, students were able to sing the song independently.  They sang as a whole class, small groups, and then many students sang a solo!  Students who sang a solo got to add a fall leaf to our solo singing wall.

Hear Miss Carroll's class doing a great job singing this song by clicking the link below:

Hop Old Squirrel

Did your child sing this song for you?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Old Raggy

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As 3rd graders continue to prepare for their new rhythmic unit, they learned a song called "Old Raggy."  The words are: 

Old Raggy, Old Raggy with your pack on your back.
Old Raggy, Old Raggy, put down your load.
Can it be candy bars, toy trains or little cars?
Open it, open it, don't let us see.

They started out by listening to the teacher sing the song and choosing an item for Old Raggy to pull from his pack.  If the students liked the item, they would respond with "mmmmm" and if they disliked the item, they would respond with "ewww."  Students enjoyed choosing items to pull from the pack.  After hearing the song several times, students were ready to sing the song themselves.

Once students were comfortable singing the song, we added a game.  Four students were selected to play the game at a time.  Students would sing the song and select an item to pull from the pack.  The could choose a desirable item, an undesirable item, or "dogs to chase you."  If students chose "dogs to chase you," the students playing the game would need to run to the other side of the rug without being tagged.

After playing the game, students were very comfortable singing the song and they were asked to decode the rhythm of the song using rhythm syllables.  Students will eventually be able to read and write the rhythm of this song using those rhythm syllables.

Hear Mrs. Fazio's third grade class sing and decode the song using the links below:

Old Raggy
Old Raggy - Decode

Did your child sing you this song from their "Ask Me" sheet?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form.  Your child will earn a sticker!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Closet Key

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2nd Graders came back to an old favorite song from 1st grade, but with an added layer of difficulty for 2nd grade.

We started off our year reviewing the song "Closet Key" and playing the accompanying guessing game.  One student would hold a key and another student would have to guess who had the key by listening for their classmates singing louder and softer.  This game incorporated student solos, and almost every student sang a solo on this song!

After students remembered the song, they were asked to decode the rhythm of the song.  Using rhythm syllables, students could sing the song, demonstrating understanding of the correct rhythm.  Soon, we will learn to read and write these rhythm patterns as well!

Hear Ms. Steiger's 2nd grade class sing the song, then decode the rhythm using the links below:

Closet Key
Closet Key - Decode

Did your child sing you this song from their "Ask Me" book?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form.  Your child will earn a sticker!

Monday, September 30, 2019

My Aunt Came Back

Image result for wooden shoe clipartAs students develop their singing voices, we sing a lot of echo songs in music class.  Echo songs give students the ability to hear and remember a short piece of a song and practice singing it back in their most tuneful singing voice.  We start by echoing as a class and eventually students will echo solos - all by themselves!

The song "My Aunt Came Back" is fun because once we were good at singing it, we added motions for each gift the aunt brought.  With each motion we added, we looked sillier and sillier.  There is also a great book to go along with this song and we enjoyed looking at the pictures while singing.

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Let your child be the leader.  Can you echo them?  Then see if you can add the motions!

Oh my aunt came back (echo: Oh my aunt came back)
From Timbuktu. (From Timbuktu.)
She brought with her, (She brought with her,)
A wooden shoe. (A wooden shoe.)
Tap one foot on the ground and keep singing!

Oh my aunt came back (keep echoing!)
From old Japan.
She brought with her,
A waving fan.
Keep tapping one foot, wave a "fan" with one hand.

Oh my aunt came back (keep echoing!)
From old Algiers.
She brought with her,
A pair of shears.
Keep tapping one foot, wave a "fan" with one hand, snip with "scissors" with the other hand.

Oh my aunt came back from Guadelupe.
She brought with her a hulu hoop.

Keep tapping one foot, wave a "fan" with one hand, snip with "scissors" with the other hand, twirl a "hulu hoop."

Oh my aunt came back from the county fair.
She brought with her a rocking chair.
Keep tapping one foot, wave a "fan" with one hand, snip with "scissors" with the other hand, twirl a "hulu hoop," rock in a "rocking chair."

Oh my aunt came back from the city zoo.
She brought with her a nut like YOU!
Stop what you are doing and point at the other person.

Hear Miss Carroll's class sing this song here: My Aunt Came Back

Did your child sing you this song from their "Ask Me" book?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form. Your child will earn a sticker!




William He Had Seven Sons

Image result for autoharpKeeping the beat is an important skill for students to practice as they become musicians.  1st graders started the year off with the song "William He Had Seven Sons."  We came up with steady beat motions to represent the things the sons did, and each student got a turn to strum the steady beat on the Autoharp!

Can your child sing you this song?  The words are:

William he had seven sons,
Seven sons, seven sons.
William he had seven sons,
And this is what they did.

Hear Miss Gagnon's class sing this song with the Autoharp by clicking this link: William He Had Seven Sons

Did your child sing you this song from their "Ask Me" book?  Let Mrs. Hiltz know by filling out this form.  Your child will earn a sticker!