Sunday, February 18, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #8: Recorders!


Episode #8: Recorders!

In our latest episode Carrie and I discuss teaching recorders! We dig into our favorite strategies, repertoire, and resources. Show notes can be found below.
Listen here:

Show Notes:

Yamaha recorder

WindSong Recorder Book:

Jim Tinter

The Complete Recorder Resource (Denise Gagne)

Awesome TpT Recorder resources!
David Row’s fishing for a melody:
Aileen Miracle’s BAG Recorder Activities
Amy Abbott’s Treble Clef is Awesome


Coda
Carrie’s recommendation: House of Sound video

Tanya’s recommendation: Book Kenya Sing and Dance resource



Sunday, February 4, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #7: Favorite Beat and Meter Songs



Hello!
Here are four songs and games referenced on the podcast Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode 7: Favorite Beat and Meter Songs and Activities. You can listen here.














Button You Must Wander Circle Passing Game:
Students sit in a circle. One student sits in the middle of the circle with eyes closed or blindfolded.
The students pass a button around the circle while the song is sung. At the end of the song, the child holding the button keeps it hidden in a palm. After the song is done, the center child guesses which child has the button.



3 Games for Apple Tree:

Game 1:
Students sit in a circle and pass an apple around the circle, on the beat.
The student who is holding the apple on the last beat (“out”) is out.
The “out” student leaves the circle to play the beat on a small percussion instrument
or a bourdon on an Orff instrument.
The game repeats until all the students are “out”.

Game 2:
Students stand in a circle, and the teacher makes a tree with one student, (the student stands inside the circle and the teacher stands outside while they join hands in a high arch. All sing while the circle rotates counterclockwise  and the students move their feet to the beat. On the word “out,” the teacher and the student (the tree) bring their arch down, “catching” a student. The caught student now makes an arch with the teacher and the “tree” student goes to an Orff instrument to play a simple bourdon. Game and song repeat until all students are at an instrument.

Game 2 Variation:
Students stand in a circle, and the teacher makes a tree with one student, (the student stands inside the circle and the teacher stands outside while they join hands in a high arch. All sing while the circle rotates counterclockwise  and the students move their feet to the beat. On the word “out,” the teacher and the student (the tree) bring their arch down, “catching” a student. The caught student now makes an arch with the first student and the teacher pairs with another student to become a new “tree.” Game and song begin again until all students are trees.



Thank you for listening and/or reading!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Music Teacher Coffee Talk Episode #6: Older Grades Tips and Tricks


In our latest Music Teacher Coffee Talk episode #6 Carrie and I discuss several strategies, specific activities, and songs that appeal to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
You can listen to that episode here: 



Poison Pattern Aurally (Melodic or Rhythmic)
Preparation:
  • The teacher writes a four beat melodic pattern on the board using solfege and stick notation, (or displays a melodic flashcard,) This is the special pattern. The class sings the special pattern with hand signs.
The Game:
  • All students stand. The teacher sings a four beat melodic pattern, (using solfege and hand signs,) Students are asked to echo each pattern except the special pattern. Students who echo the special pattern are “out.” “Out” students sit and hand sign patterns but don’t sing.

Advanced rounds:
*The poison pattern is erased from the board.

*The teacher sings on a neutral syllable but shows hand signs. Students must sing the solfege and use hand signs.


*The teacher sings on a neutral syllable but without showing hand signs. (It’s helpful to let the students know that you will begin each pattern on the same note.) Students must sing the solfege and use hand signs.

My Poison Pattern games for rhythmic reading are called Watch Out for the Cheetahs and can be found here (4 sixteenth notes), here (eighth sixteenth notes, and here (half notes.)


Go Fish (Rhythm or Melody cards)
 Preparation:
  • Students stand in a circle. Each card is reviewed as a class and then tossed into the “pond,” face up.
  • When there are several cards in the “pond,” the game begins with the teacher vocalizing a card. The class must repeat the pattern. Once the pattern is repeated by all, the students can indentify the card with that pattern by placing a hand on the card. (Not a foot.) The first student to touch the card wins it.
  • The student with the most cards at the end of the game (after all cards have been said,) wins.
Caution: Students tend to get overly aggressive in this competitive game. Set-up rules for safety. (Ex: If you leap into the pond before the pattern is repeated you are eliminated from the next 2 questions.

King of the Mountain (Rhythm or Melody Cards)

Preparation:
·      Students sit in a circle, each student is given a rhythm flashcard to place in front of them.

·      Warm-up: Each student takes a turn speaking his own rhythm plus the rhythm of the student to his right going counter-clockwise around the circle. (The teacher keeps a steady beat using a small percussion instrument.)

The game:
·      The “King” or “Queen” is the student with ta ta ta ta   , (or another rhythm chosen by the teacher.)

·      The “King” or “Queen” starts by saying his card plus any other card in the circle.

·      The student whose card was called then says his card plus any other card in the circle.

·      Play continues until someone fails to speak his or her rhythm correctly, stumbles saying the rhythm, does not stay with the beat, or fails to come in at all.

·      The student who falters leaves their spot on the mountain and then goes to the bottom of the mountain, (to the direct left of the King or Queen.)

·      When students move towards the top of the mountain, their first rhythm card stays in his or her spot, (everyone now has a new rhythm.)

Carrie and I also discus student favorite songs and games in episode #6. 

  • Color mix-up: A variety of rhythms are given out (green, blue and hot pink, for example) and students cannot call a rhythm that is the same color as their own color.
  • Clap/Don’t say: Students only clap the rhythm. (they really have to listen!)
  • Play/Don’t say: Students play the rhythm on small percussion instruments.
  • Play small percussion instruments
  • Play recorders: ta=B   ti ti =G , etc.
  • Play body percussion




Sunday, December 3, 2017

Introducing: Music Teacher Coffee Talk Podcast

Hi! It's been a loooooong time since I posted.

My Kodály inspired music teacher friend Carrie and I just posted our first episode of our new music teacher podcast Music Teacher Coffee Talk!


I love listening to podcasts and I've been wanting to create my own for a long while.

This is our opportunity to share songs, activities, and our experiences from the music classroom. (And more coffee time time for us! 😉)

For each episode we'll focus on a main topic. First up is a couple of our favorite holiday music activities. We also share highs and lows (successes and challenges,) from our teaching week, plus a coda section where we give professional and/or personal recommendations and random music things we love. 

Carrie and I seem to spend a lot of time "talking shop" and know we're just sharing our conversation with you.

We plan to upload an new episode every two weeks. If you are interested in keeping up with the podcast, please subscribe through iTunes!
Just search Music Teacher Coffee Talk.
You can also find us on Stitcher.

Find us on Facebook here.

We referenced a few books, song collections, and videos.
Here are the show notes for Episode 1:


First We Sing! Songbook One (song: Here Comes Mrs. Macaroni)




Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy dance video


Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy celeste video:


Christmas Foam Shapes Ideas


Revels Celebrate the Winter Song Collection


Cup Song Sleigh Ride


Fjaskern


Sleigh Ride by Pentatonix


Do They Know It’s Christmas?


Let me know if you like what you hear and if you have suggestions for show themes!

Happy listening!