A look inside Music at FPD

A look inside Music at FPD

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Movement and Imagination

The Orff-Schulwerk method stresses the importance of movement as part of a child's music education.  In fact, when I take the Orff Training Courses, we have an hour a day of movement class!  Movement incorporates the elements of play, creating, and expression.  We move to music and also without music.  With Kindergarten and PreKs this month, we have moved with the Russian Dance, "Trepak" from The Nutcracker.  We used scarves to help the students "see" their motions.  

My apologies for the shaky camera--I was using my scarf while filming!

I also found a series of Christmas Movement Flashcards on Pinterest that are wonderful!  (I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to school ideas--thanks, technology!).  Each card features a child-friendly Christmas picture and an instruction for creative movement.  Some of my favorites are "Melt like a Snowman," "Sneak like an Elf," and "Fly like an Angel."  With some classes, we kept the scarves from "Trepak" and used them with our movements.  Since these are so much fun and so easy to use, I'm linking to the blog page with the FREE printout of all the cards.  Use them as a family and see how creative your kids can be! 

 This Kindergarten class is "Spreading their Branches Like a Christmas Tree."

Here is a sample of the awesome movement cards!  And, click here to go to the blog and print out your own set for FREE!  If you scroll to the bottom of the post, she has a link where you can download the whole set.  

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jinglin' with the 3Ks

Merry Christmas from the Wee Vikings!  Visitng the FPD 3K class is a highlight of my week.  They LOVE to sing and make music with the instruments that "Miss Mindy" brings over.  Today, we practiced keeping the steady beat with instruments and singing to "Jingle Bells."  Enjoy!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Program Countdown

The students in grades 1-5 have been working extremely hard on the Elementary Christmas Program!  This year's program is called Children of Bethlehem.  We have two more days of rehearsals, and then we are live to the world!  There are two performances this coming Thursday, December 13th.  The first performance is at 1pm and the second is at 7pm.  And, this year, the 1pm program is going to be webcast live.  You can direct anyone that would like to watch the webcast to www.fpdmacon.org/webcast. Again, it will begin at 1pm EST this Thursday, December 13th. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

'Tis the Season

I apologize for the lack of an update--Thanksgiving hit, Mr. Krejci and I visited my parents in Colorado, and next thing I know, it's December 3rd!!!  Where does the time go???  

We are busy preparing for the annual Elementary Christmas Program here in music classes.  Next Thursday, December 13th, at 1pm and 7pm, you are invited to come see our Christmas musical, "Children of Bethlehem."  The story is a fictional look at Jesus' birth through the eyes of young children living in Bethlehem the night He is born.  The musical selections include favorites such as "Do You Hear What I Hear?", "We Three Kings," and "The Little Drummer Boy."  Students in grades 1st-5th are all involved!  We have been learning about our singing voices, different instrument techniques that will be featured, and what a great opportunity we have to present the story of Jesus' birth.  May we all--the audience, the children, and me!--be able to pause during this program and come to the manger with a renewed sense of wonder and awe over Emmanuel's birth.  

In an effort to conceal some of our "surprises," I am positing some pictures instead of videos of the kids getting ready.  Hope to see you here!

4th Grade Recorder players and singers working hard

1st graders practicing motions for the Big Finale!