The boys were super excited that they might be ready for a new music presentation this morning. First, they each took turns demonstrating their readiness. They labeled the half and whole steps of the major scale and then labeled each bell with it's letter names using the discs.
Their next job was to work as a team to bring me the big, heavy box from Nienhuis. In the above photo (Which didn't turn out well, I wish I had a better photo of this because it was really cute.) they are bringing me the box while singing the "What's gonna work? Teamwork!" song from "Wonder Pets."
Inside, they found our proper (not contruction paper) staff boards. They learned about the lines and spaces on the staff. We also talked about leger lines. I had them go into the music room and each choose some sheet music from whatever they could find lying around. We used it to have a little scavenger hunt for notes written on leger lines. For example:
- "Find me a leger line."
- "Find me a note written ON a leger line."
- "Find me a note written BELOW or ABOVE a leger line."
- "Find me a leger line ABOVE the staff."
- "Find me a leger line BELOW the staff"
- "Find me a group of 2 leger lines."
- "Find me a note that needed FOUR leger lines."
Afterward, they brought out their rhythm notation materials and placed some rhythms on the staff board. In the photo above, Kal-El is performing his by clapping.
Me Too: ti-ri-ti-ri ta-ah
Kal-El: ti-ri-ti-ri ti-ti (his stems are on the wrong side of the noteheads)
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