Mrs. Dunn's Music Class
School Closing Music Activities
I plan to keep this website filled with activities for students to enjoy and learn as we go through this school closing. Your child's homeroom teacher will update you when there are specific activities I would like your child to do on this website or other links I may send via teacher emails. Also, you can check this site on your own for activities without waiting for email notification.
In music class we learn so many things that help kids in other areas of life. We sing, dance, play instruments, perform and create music! Even if they do not become a professional musician or music teacher, music still affects your kids lives in so many positive ways. Studies show that kids who remain involved in school music do better socially, emotionally and educationally.
I will have other specific music learning activities on this site.....BUT FOR THE MOMENT...let's get to some unexpected music oriented stuff!
After everything going on, if your family is ready to flop on the couch with some popcorn together and watch something good, there some wonderful music oriented movies I can recommend.
One of the movies I have used in class is called "Rigoletto". It is produced by Feature Films for Families. Students love this movie. Not only does it have wonderful vocal music in it, but the story is filled with character building moments that address: bullying, prejudice, kindness, selflessness and generosity. I recommend families watch this together so there can be many teaching moments for character building as well as understanding the dedication it takes to be a good singer under vocal instruction. The story is patterned after the theme of "Beauty and the Beast" with a little "Phantom of the Opera" thrown in. I believe it can be found on some of the streaming movie channels such as NetFlix or maybe Amazon Prime.
Other good family music oriented movies you might be able to find on streaming services are Fantasia 2000 and "Phantom of the Opera" (newest version with Emmie Rossum..this one is better for older kids)
READY FOR FAMILY MUSICAL MOVIE FUN??? Let's get your kids involved in the some important imaginative FREE PLAY. Watch a musical movie, learn the songs, create some costumes and props with what you have at home and sing and act for a family show! Most of the best songs in these musicals are available online if you google them as downloadable vocal singing tracks. They usually come with a vocal guide track so kids can learn how they go as well as a performance track.
Films with singable, good to perform songs:
- The Sound of Music
- The Lion King
- The Little Mermaid
- The Jungle Book
- Beauty and the Beast
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
- Oliver (1960's version) - I LOVED this in 5th grade and sang all the songs in school choir!
- The Music Man (New version with Kristen Chenoweth and older one with Robert Preston) - good for older kids
- Mary Poppins
- The Wizard of Oz
- Fiddler on the Roof - better for older kids
- The Aristocats
- The Secret Garden
- Cinderella (Disney version)
JUST REMEMBER - HAVE FUN.... for somehow with all these long school closings....THE SHOW MUST GO ON!!