Check out the "Peter and the Wolf" coloring sheets I created for my district's YPC concert. You can download them for free from my Teacher's Notebook store! (Access it from my Home page.)
I have a new listening map in my Teacher's Notebook shop- this one is for "Galop" from
"The Comedians" by Kabalevsky. I am trying to upload another as well, but TN keeps telling me I can only load images from a PDF....well, I am loading from a PDF! Oh well, I'll try the other one tomorrow- I've spent enough time on this tonight. Check it out, and I will be adding more in the future. I am developing them for our YPC concerts in my district, and offering them for free in my store. They will also be posted later on this semester on the Wichita Symphony Orchestra website. Thanks for looking!
This year, I have started taking attendance at the beginning of each class, not because it is necessary, but because it gives me the opportunity to hear each student every time they come to music class. I sing their name, and they sing "Yes, I'm here." While I'm not grading them, I am encouraging them to match my pitch, or at least sing their response (it's a work in progress!) On the few occasions when I have forgotten to take attendance, the classes usually remind me.
I started using a puppet with the Kindergarten classes at the beginning of the year...I have several, so I change it out every week. Some of the other classes, including a 3rd grade and a 4th grade class, are now insisting that the puppet sing their names too. We have had an alligator, a Collie, a fox, and this week, a cow visit the music room to sing everybody's names. Somebody noted that the cow's voice sounded just like the fox. Hmmm....
Be sure to check out the books I bought from Barnes & Noble on the Lessons and Activities page!
So I got this idea for composition from the Music K-8 mail list...fold a piece of paper 4 times to make 16 squares. On the front side, (not pictured) we wrote out and labeled a whole note, 2 half notes, 4 quarter notes and 8 eighth notes, drawing in arrows on the sustained beats (each box is one beat.)
On the back (pictured), the kids came up with their own compositions. For the first time, I taught them about how to write in the counts. This was very different for them, as we had always just worked on the number of beats for each individual note, and some really struggled with this process. In the end, I scored 10 points for each box, with 5 points for the note, and 5 for the count. I took points off for incorrect dashes or forgotten "&'s" but not misplaced stems. I did discuss those in class, and correct them on the papers, though.