Red Balloons Lesson 3
Thursday, September 15, 2022 by Chele Howell | Red Balloons
STUDENT ONLY DAY NEXT WEEK: Parents don't come to class next week, which means totes and bells don't either. Just send your kids in with their homework booklet and they will be ready 45 minutes later. ☺
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This peppy song is even more fun when you realize we are imitating and identifying complex rhythmic patterns! The brains of young children are designed to extract patterns from complex layers, making more connections with each exposure. Start with playfully clapping the animals separate from the audio track at a slower speed. Soon they will clap right along as the track plays!
Primary Chords Song
This week, we did a lot of describing what the red, blue and yellow chords sound like. The red chord feels like home, or like the end of the song. The yellow chord feels like it wants to go back to the red chord. The blue chord feels kind of floaty and far away. Developing an ear for these chords is so important, and learning how to describe how they sound will help us do this!
DO is Home
Our purpose here is to match pitch, and eventually, to accurately sing that middle C out of thin air with no cues! WOW! This process will take six months to three years, so we'll work on it every week during our three years together. While some people may be born with perfect pitch, or absolute pitch, when it is taught at a young enough age and repeated enough over a long period of time, it can also be developed!
In Let's Play Music we experience things before we label them. Experiencing and playing with the music staff is a great way to understand how it functions. When we start to add things to the staff like notes, and key signatures, the students will have information stored in their brains that they can connect it to, so identifying lines/spaces on the staff is the beginning of our visual learning of the staff.
Play an ostinato on the bells - harmony training
An ostinato is a repeated musical pattern that is played at the same time as a separate melody. We did this today as we played DO SOL on the bells while singing the song “Hear How the Bells.” Our ears are getting SO SMART!
Solfege! It's a big deal! It can help your student (and you!) understand music in a deeper way. Check out the background of solfege HERE. This is good stuff!
Why do we use folk music in Let's Play Music? This question is an important one. Read HERE to find the answer!
Also, Click HERE to read about one of our Let's Play Music graduates!
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