So many exciting points to share with you this week! First of all, THANK YOU!! I had so much fun in class this week with you and your students. I hope you enjoyed your time with us too. Your dedication and diligence with your children is absolutely paying off in the musical life skills they are learning!
Curious about what your child will be doing next year at this time? Check it out! And here's one of the songs they'll be enjoying two years from now. Truly, these are skills that children take a long time to master in private lessons without the amazing prep work of the Let's Play Music curriculum. You'll continue to be amazed at their progress all the way through the six semesters to LPM graduation. :)
Homework: Here is the Lesson 5 Bell Practice recording. I'm sorry for the jiggly camera - had a baby on the verge of freakout...but wanted to get this into your hands as soon as possible!!
Looking ahead: Just a reminder that students come next week for lesson 6! Upcoming dates - National LPM Spirit Week will be March 13/14/15 (Lesson 9). We'll have games, prizes and treats to celebrate the joy of music within the LPM family! The Spring Recital will be May 19th at 10:00AM Central.
Learning to anticipate a beat and feel the beat internally is necessary when developing little musicians. The Umburra game helps us to do just that! Practice it at home when you are "playing" with your students.
Playing Skips on the Bells!
We are learning piano skills when we play skips on our bells. Even though the students don't know it, what we learn on the bells will transfer directly over to the piano. It's better to sight read using "relationships" like steps and skips because it reduces the processing your mind has to interpret when reading notes. Plus, we can do it BEFORE they learn note names. It's brilliant!
Today in class we added another layer of knowledge using our bugs! We saw that our musical bugs match with musical rhythms!! It was a great ah-ha moment and musical discovery for your student. They each got their own bug and matched it with it's rhythmic representation.
Let's take a walk in the jungle! "Walking In The Jungle" uses full body involvement (walking, stomping, jumping, skipping) with some creative play to teach steady beat. Gather your children and teach this song to the whole family.
We are going to be learning a lot of new songs in the upcoming weeks...so playing the cd as much as possible is super important! Even while the kids are playing with their toys and/or not really focusing on the music itself, they will internalize what is happening in the background. At this age, their brain network is especially designed to extract information from their rich stimulating environments!! If you don't get to it during the daytime, having them quietly listen to the music as they fall asleep can be an option!
Homework: Here is the Week 4 bell practice.
Looking Ahead: Just a reminder that parents come next week and tuition is due! Let me know if you have any questions, especially since today was a non-parent day! Make sure to read below about the new songs we learned today!
Today when we played Jungle Rhythm, we moved to a steady beat, divided and subdivided a beat and it was all done through play! Your students didn't even realize they were subconsciously learning how to perform rhythms! Now this is how music should be taught!
Bill Grogan's Goat
This song has great musical value. We feel the beat and clap on the internal (non-sung) beats. Every time we "play" this activity the students are internalizing how to organize rhythm into time. This is a very complex music skill, but can be done at such a young age!
I've Been to Harlem
Teaching the ear to hear and distinguish between ‘happy’ (major) and ‘sad’ (minor) chords is our objective of this song. We can teach a child to compose their own music based on how they are feeling and how they want the listener to feel. This concept builds sensitive music listeners and caring intuitive individuals. Yep, your right... music actually teaches life lessons and builds character!
Identifying minor songs is a majorly important skill! Read why here...
Also, watch this video with your student about major and minor!
Your kiddos are learning SO quickly now! I am so thrilled with their progress!
Homework: Here is the bell practice video for Lesson #3.
Just a reminder that our ‘SOL-LA-TI-DO’ pattern is played on the lower case letter solfeg when playing on the bells. ‘Sol’ is the big red bell and then step up from there. Why? The "movable Do" concept (lowercase bell vs uppercase bell) is difficult to understand in 1st Year and even more difficult to explain! Here is an article that may aid in your understanding. Look especially at point #3, where even another article can be read and referenced! Over the next two years when your child learns about the different keys (key of C, F, D and G especially) while on the keyboard, they will no longer question the movable Do. For now, it is totally fine to tell them that the small letters are there so that we don't sing too low or too high!
Looking Ahead: Next week is a "student only" week! Looking forward to seeing them come armed with their homework books.
Within the next month we will start enrolling for next year. If you have friends or family that you want on my 1st Year waiting list, please let me know ASAP so I can get their information before I begin open enrollment up to the general public.
Can't Bug Me
It's fabulous how we are learning to ‘read’ bug rhythms from pictures - we mixed up the order of our bugs and they still clapped them correctly! That means that they are internalizing the rhythm of each bug. Fantastic progress!
Bill Grogan's Goat
Today we introduced a silly story about Bill Grogan's goat. If this tale seems strange to your child, check out this funny youtube video, which tells a longer story about the goat, including where he goes when he rides on the train and what he gets to eat when he meets the queen!
Grab a basket ball and use the Let's Play Music bugs to PLAY a game with the ball after you watch this video!
Once again, we had a great week. I just love my 1st year students! They are smart and so fun.
If your child isn’t quite singing on pitch yet, don’t despair, it will come. One of the best ways to get them to hear it is to have them sing. That is why in class I keep telling them to sing with me. Even if they aren’t "right on", they should sing, sing, sing. As odd as it sounds, singing out loud is one of the keys to hearing it inside.
Make sure to check out the Making Musicians section below for an AWESOME article on our Blue Bugs!
Bell Practice: Click here for the short recording of our Lesson 2 Bell Practice. Once again, it's best if you watch the video alone so that during the actual bell practice you can focus on your student.
Homework: Time to do the homework for Lesson 2! This week's homework focuses on the 3 musical patterns we've learned so far: Mi Re Do, Sol Sol Do, and our new one, Sol La Ti Do. Looking forward to seeing the kids' work next week!
Looking Ahead: Just a reminder that parents come next week! Thank you for doing this. Thank you for making their musical education a priority! :)
The song “Can’t Bug Me” is the foundational song for counting our rhythms. We'll be using these bugs for the rest of the curriculum. This will become second nature very quickly!
Meet the Blue Bugs....enjoy reading about why we use rhythm syllables in Let's Play Music.