A look inside Music at FPD

A look inside Music at FPD

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


In 3rd grade this year, we've really been focusing on playing the Orff instruments (xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels) and learning the different melodic pitches of the major scale.  We have been learning these elements through lots of American folk songs.  In October, we learned a song called "Tideo."  We're not sure who Tideo is, but in the song, he (or she!) is definitely on the move--passing windows all over town.  This song helped us practice our melodic pattern of Mi-Re-Do, which we sang with our voices then put on the instruments.  We also learned a fun folk dance done in two lines.  Enjoy the pictures and videos of a 3rd grade class in action!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

I love teaching music during the month of October.  There are just so many fun songs and activities that go along with cooler weather, holidays, apples, leaves, and of course pumpkins!  In Kindergarten we learned a song called "Pumpkin, Pumpkin."  We added some movement, an instrument, and a little game.  The song tells about a pumpkin becoming a jack-o-lantern, so at the end of the song, one student was the "face" leader and got to have everyone copy his/her best jack-o-lantern face.  Then, another student got to play on our Chinese gong.  This is a great way to introduce one of the more unique instruments in the music room and talk about how to be nice to our instruments.  Here are a few pictures and a video of one class in action!