Welcome to Mr. Broggi's Web Site

Welcome to Mr. Broggi's music class web-site.  My basic guiding principle is that everyone should be able to think tunes, feel rhythms, and respond to expressiveness in music. [1] To this end, music class includes thefollowing experiences: singing, moving to music, and listening.  The activities associated with these experiences differ from grade to grade. Some of the main ones are explained below.

Grades K-2:

Pitch Exploration: We start each class with a short warm-up with our singing voices.  This generally involves getting the students to make swooping sounds with their head voice through a varity of creative means such as echoing a slide whistle or following a curved line on the board with their voice.

Echo and Call and Response songs: These songs give students the opportunity to sing a varied repertoire of music without spending too much time learning the song. [Example: Down By The Bay, My Aunt Came Back]

Simple songs: Songs that are short enough that they can be learned quickly and easily as a whole, without being practiced in smaller parts. [Ex.: Rain, Rain Go Away; Hot Cross Buns]

Circle Games, Singing Games,and Play Parties:  These songs with movements take advantage of the idea that many students learn better when they are moving.  Students music repertoir is expanded while working on feeling through movement the expressiveness, phrasing, or steady beat in the song. [Ex.: Lucky Locket, If You're Happy and You Know It]


Grades 2-6

Melodic, Harmonic, and Rhythmic Patterns: Students learn to sing and recognize by sight and/or sound the various pitch and rhythm patterns that are commonly found in songs.  After these patterns are learned, they are used to recognize patterns in songs or for composing original pieces.

Rounds: Rounds are not only fun to sing, but they also introduce the students to part singing [2] and allow them to work on music ensemble concepts such as intonation, balance, and blend.  [Ex. Row Your Boat, One Bottle of Pop]

Folk Songs and Others: Songs for special occasions, to support class, to explore different cultures, or just for fun.

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[1] Feierabend,John M.  Endangered Musical Minds. 

[2] Part Singing: the singing of a song where one person or group is singing something different than, but complimentary to, the other persons or groups.