Tuesday 25 February 2014

Kinders Are Learning to Write Music!

The kindergarten students are learning to read, play and notate patterns using the quarter note (Ta) and quarter rest (shh). We have recently added 2 eight notes (Ti-Ti) to our music reading! We know that:

Ta = 1 sound (example: cat has one sound, so it is written as a Ta)
Shh = a silent beat (we use this for a beat that doesn't have a word in a poem or song)
Ti-Ti = 2 sounds (example: jelly has two sounds, so it is written as Ti-Ti)


We also played a special Valentine's game to help us read rhythm patterns! A "mail carrier" skipped around the circle as we sang, carrying envelopes withValentine's in them. When the song ended, the mail carrier gave an envelope to a student in the circle. The Valentine inside had a number on it (1, 2, 3 or 4). The student had to play the rhythm pattern (notated up on the smartboard) that belonged to that number, and the rest of the students got to guess which pattern he/she played!

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