Greetings, Prep 1 Families!
Thank you for another lovely week of singing and music fun in Prep 1! We are dancing into Spring with songs about insects, animals, trains, lemonade, and see saws, while learning some fundamental music concepts. Enjoy reading about our musical adventures below, and please continue using this blog as a resource for music practice and growth and home!
From Katie and Jazmine
We had so much fun in our class this week! We did our first part-singing with our welcome song, I am the Train that Stops for You. The children sang a “toot toot toot” obstinate while I sang the song. Continuing with our train theme, we sang Page’s Train, which and we played with faster and slower tempi. Marieva brought her old fashioned metronome, so we used it to help us set different beats for our song. The children then helped me create vocal exploration shapes on the board to warm up our high and low voices.
In our continuing work on understanding Beat and Rhythm, we used drums and sticks to hear practice keeping a steady beat and clicking the sticks along with the words of our chant 2,4,6,8. We learned that sometimes we hear one sound on a beat, and sometimes we hear more than one. The children discovered that they sometimes hear 2 sounds on each beat. We learned that we can call them Ta (one sound on the beat) and Titi (2 sounds on the beat). I showed them how to write it on the board, and read the rhythm from the board. The children then read the opening rhythm of our next song from the board.
We got back on the train with Engine, Engine, Number 9. We worked on keeping the beat in our feet by marching faster and slower while we sang the song.
We worked on ways to show higher and lower sounds in the songs See Saw and Lemonade.
We sang Percy the Pale Faced Polar Bear, and then I taught them the song My Paddle’s Keen and Bright. The Paddle song is a canon, and once we know it well, we will work on singing it in canon. Below are recordings of both songs.