Digital Music Learning
Skills Review for Parents
Music Basics Review for Parents: Hi Parents! If you need a quick review of note reading, check out Khan Academy. They have several mini-lessons and videos you can explore with your child. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/music/music-basics2
Link provided by Director of Elementary Music for District Six, Vicki Bishop, Music Teacher at Anderson Mill Elementary
Quaver Digital Learning
All Elementary Schools in our District subscribe to Quaver Online Music Curriculum, special thanks to Dr. Sharon Doyle, Music Teacher at Woodland Heights Elementary, for writing the steps below to access the student interactive games and exercises.
- Go to: Google and type in www.Quavermusic.com/info
- You will get a screen that looks like this in the upper right hand corner:
- Select Student Interactives (The yellow box)
- You will get a screen like this:
- Enter: AGK77
- Kindergarten: Select from Music Theory and Playing Instruments
- First Grade: Select from Music Theory and Movement
- Second Grade: Select from Music Theory and Instruments
- Third Grade: Select from Music Theory and Instruments
- Fourth Grade: Select from Music Theory, Creation, and Instruments
- Fifth Grades: Select from Music Theory and the QuaverBooks
- Explore the other areas on your own.
- Visions – The recorder section will keep you working on your recorder with new exercises.
- If there is a concern contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Between 7:30 and 2:30 daily
Listening Activity: Relax!
A balloon (not inflated) or scarf or a small ball
Here is a link to some Native American Flute music – it is calming and relaxing and has no words or lyrics to distract.
Give everyone the signal for no talking
Gesture for all to sit quietly with a reasonable distance between you
If using the balloon, slowly blow up the balloon and tie it off as the children are watching.
Gently and still very quietly, pass the balloon, ball, or scarf to one another.
Allow the balloon to travel from person to person or back and forth to one another.
Once you have done this and the balloon has returned to you, gesture for all to take a deep breath and simply sit and listen. You can repeat the activity multiple times.
See if you can be successful in a 30 second, 60 second, 90 second round of silent play/listening. You will be amazed at the newly relaxed feeling you all will have and the appreciation of even a few moment of peace and quiet in your home.
Music Websites and Apps for Kids!!!
Music Websites for Kids from Ms. Kelly Moore, Fairforest Elementary Music Teacher
These are free websites that connect kids with educational music games, note reading, rhythm reading, learning about instruments, getting to know composers, and creating music.
Mrs. Sutton’s (West View's Music Teacher's) Fun Ways to Enjoy Music at Home
Voice record pro
Tap Tap Beats Music Game
Kidloland Kids ABC Games Songs
123 Kids Fun MUSIC Free Top Music Games for Kids
Music Scavenger Hunt for Grades K-2
Find something that…
1. Makes a HIGH sound
2. Makes a LOW sound
3. Makes LOUD sounds
4. Makes SOFT sounds
5. Moves FAST
6. Moves SLOW
7. You can SHAKE to make a sound
8. You can SCRAPE or RUB to make a sound
9. You can tap that is made out of METAL
10. You can tap that is made out of WOOD
BONUS: Make up a song using a ‘found instrument’ from your house.
Connecting English/Language Arts to Music
Connecting English/Language Arts to Music: Read Aloud Activity with the book Because by Mo Willems, shared by Kelly Moore, Music Teacher, Fairforest Elementary
After listening to the story and learning about how Mr. Willems came to create the story, make a list of at least 5 events or people that helped the girl in the story to find her love of music. Write about how music changed the girl.
Interview a family member (or write about your own skill/talent) and ask them, "What is one thing you are good at?", "How did you discover your talent/skill?", "How did you get better at your skill?"
The story behind the story of Because by Mo Willems
Read aloud of "Because"
Performing, Creating and Composing-Activities for Families
- Listen to different styles of music (for example: country, hip hop, rock and roll) and move expressively to each style.
- Play patterns of long and short sounds on pots, pans, or blow into empty paper towel rolls. Perform for your family.
- Write a rhythm that has four or eight beats and practice reading it.
- Practice singing your favorite song as a family, and create movements to go along with the lyrics.
- Record the video of one of these activities in steps 1-4 on your phone, and email it to your child's music teacher!!!
- Parents, talk to your child about why you chose specific songs for your playlists on your phones. Talk to them about why you like certain performers and their songs.