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Songs for March 4

posted Feb 23, 2012, 9:22 AM by Kendra Gilmore   [ updated Feb 23, 2012, 9:37 AM ]

San Francisco Symphony Website for Kids

posted Feb 15, 2012, 12:25 PM by Kendra Gilmore

Last week, 1st grade students had the opportunity to go to the computer lab.  While we were there they were able to go to www.sfskids.org and explore the website. This website lets kids explore the many different elements of music such as tempo, rhythm, and pitch. They also could explore what different instruments in the orchestra sounds like.    

If you have a chance, take a look at the website with your child at home!

Popsicle Stick Game

posted Jan 27, 2012, 5:29 PM by Kendra Gilmore   [ updated Jan 27, 2012, 5:31 PM ]

The 1st grade students are continuing to work on 
eighth note and quarter rhythms in music class.  This week we started playing the popsicle stick game..  

On the board there are 5 rhythms that we use (notebook file attached below).  I begin by clapping one of the rhythms and the students repeat it by clapping.  As soon as the students think they know what rhythm it is, they make it out of popsicle sticks.  If they get it right, I give them a thumbs up - if not, they try again.  

I am impressed by how quickly the students have caught onto this game..  They love to use the popsicle sticks to make the rhythms :)  

Teacher Vs. Student

posted Jan 16, 2012, 10:04 AM by Kendra Gilmore

Students are learning about the relationship between quarter notes and eighth notes right now in music class.  We just began learning the game that I call "Teacher vs. Students."  In this game students are given a rhythm with at least 2 eighth notes in it.  If they can play the rhythm the same way the teacher does, they get a point, if not, then the teacher gets a point.  The students LOVE beating the teacher and they work really hard to make sure they are playing the correct rhythms.  I have not won very many games in my years playing this game!  

Advent Music

posted Nov 14, 2011, 6:45 PM by Kendra Gilmore   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 10:41 AM ]

Songs from October 2

posted Oct 3, 2011, 12:13 PM by Kendra Gilmore

Thanks everyone for coming to sing in church!  You sounded great!!

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