Ms. Mutz would like to thank Friends of Colchester Music for their donation of the piano dolly -- that makes it easy to move it around as needed. She would also like to thank Advance Music for giving Colchester School District a very good deal on this instrument. It is a high quality instrument that will be enjoyed by Porters Point School students for years to come.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It's true... The Porters Point School Music Room now has a new instrument to display. The other keyboard we had was beginning to fail, and so it was time to get a new instrument. The piano is a staple instrument in any music room, but it is not used exclusively. It is important for students to use what they already have to make music: their own voices, body percussion, as well as rhythm percussion instruments. As far as this new piano, students will experience it a lot during the month of December as we prepare for the Whole School Sing-Along on Friday, December 20, 2013.
Friday, November 1, 2013
When students tell Ms. Mutz they take piano lessons (or any other, for that matter), she likes to have them come into the Music Room and play for her. Then she invites the student to play for the class. This helps students build confidence on new learning, and it also encourages other students to consider playing an instrument if the opportunity comes up. In this photo, one student played for the class. Then Ms. Mutz asked if it would be ok if the class came up and gathered around the keyboard to watch him play again. It is so much fun to see the expressions on the other students as they watch the fingers moving on the keys! Thanks for sharing!!
Second Grade students played a circle game called “Charlie Over the Ocean”. The object of this game is to get tagged (vs. trying NOT to get tagged). Then the “out” students go take a turn playing the accompaniment for this song using the bass xylophone. Students played a steady beat pattern using both hands on an open fifth (notes C and G). Another instrument was added: finger cymbals. Students played the bass xylophone for seven beats and then the finger cymbals played on the eighth beat.
Second Graders were asked what their hopes and dreams are for music. This is a big question! Not just what they want to do in music class, but what they might like to do with music in their lifetime. The answers are very interesting. Students mainly want to learn how to play an instrument, but there were other responses that may surprise you! Those hopes and dreams were written on the backs of their stars. Then students worked on coloring, cutting and pasting their stars onto their music folders.
Circle games are an important part of music class. Students learn to listen to each other and work together to build a musical community. Students also have the opportunity to let their personalities show!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Ask any student what they love most about music and they will tell you it’s playing musical instruments. Students first experience the instruments they already have — their voice. They also have body percussion (clapping, snapping, patting and stamping their feet). Next comes rhythm percussion instruments. In the below pictures, students experience four main types of rhythm percussion instruments: Membrane, Rattle, Metal and Wood. They played a rotation game so they got to play all four types of instruments.
Playing a xylophone is a lot of fun.
Students learn proper mallet technique and where it is best to strike the bars (in the middle) for the best sound.
Students need to experience playing the bars — just how hard or soft to strike the bars. They are encouraged to play all the bars in a random fashion and discover just how much is too much. If the bars jump up or come out of place, then it was too much. But if they can hardly hear the bars being played, it is too little.
Students discover high and low sounds, too. On our xylophones each bar is a different size which helps students learn “the bigger the bar, the lower the sound” and “the smaller the bar, the higher the sound”.
Students discover that the bars have alphabet letters marked on them. But it is only the first seven letters of the alphabet: A-B-C-D-E-F-G