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Sunday, February 28, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Here is a video of "The Shoemaker". Such creativity from our Orff friends!
The full orchestration for "The Shoemaker" is published in Once Around by Kerri Lynn Nichols.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Sunday, January 19, 2020
1. Chant the nursery rhyme in a high, middle or low pitch voice.
2. Sing the rhyme using so-la-mi or other pitches.
3. Keep the beat with body percussion: micro and macro
4. Create a finger plays or motions to accompany the words.
5. Clap or play the rhythm of the words on small percussion instruments.
6. Make up repeated rhythmic patterns using words from the rhyme
7. Play a steady beat (tonic or bordun) on a barred instrument while singing
8. Use the form of the rhyme to write new ones.
10. Perform the rhyme in 2/4 or 6/8 time.
11. Play a small percussion instrument on a specific word.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
-Practice swaying, turning, rocking and waltzing in 3/4 time. Emphasize the first beat of the measure
-Use body percussion to create beat patterns in 3/4 time: pat-snap-snap, etc.
-Make up a hand clapping game to accompany the song with a friend.
-Transfer body percussion patterns and hand clapping game to unpitched instruments.
-Create a B section by improvising with recorder or another melody instrument in F pentatonic.
-BM/CBB tremelo on F (no other parts) while students read their New Year's resolutions or favorite memories from the past year.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Pulse: steady beat, sound/movement are equidistant, no change
Grouping (Meter): grouping pulses by twos (strong-light), threes (strong-light-light) or combinations
Pattern (Rhythmic): note values, rests, sound/movement changes or is irregular
Pitch: low, middle, high
Scale: ladder of notes, high to low or low to high; a set of notes used to create a melody
Interval: the space (distance) between to pitches: steps or jumps
Phrase: a musical sentence; questions/answer
Repeat: same; rounds, canons, rondo form, echoes (AA)
Contrast: changes, variations (AB)
Pace (Tempo): slow, medium, fast
Dynamics: loud, soft, crescendo, decrescendo
Articulate: accents, staccato, legato, fermata, slur
Interpret: style, period, culture, aesthetic
Body: snap, clap, pat, stomp
Voice: sing, speak, whisper, call
Percussion: metals, woods, skins, shakers, scrapers
Instruments: strings, winds, brass
Combinations: solo, choral, unison, duet, tutti, ensemble
Harmony: different pitches sounded at the same time; tension/resolution, paraphony, polyphony, intervals
Accompaniment: a part of the music that goes with or underlies the melody or main part; a Capella, instrumental, sound effects