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: RLX8A
- 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.
Ideas for Combining Read Aloud Books and Music
Combining Art and Music-Listening Activity
Piggy Back Songs
Got that chocolate bunny box
I feel that springing in my step when I bunny hop, ooh
I can't take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally
Room on hop, the way we rock it, so don't stop...."
Bunny Music Lesson-Pre K-2nd grade-Read Aloud with Sound Effects and Bunny song
- Tap on pots and pans when you read about the baby bunnies who cook and wash dishes
- Rub flip flops or slippers together -bunnies who sweep and make beds
- Fill plastic Easter eggs with uncooked rice or beans and shake them as the baby bunnies hop around
- Body movement and percussion: bow for the baby bunny who holds out a chair for his mother; stomp in place as the country bunny stomps through the snow to the little boy's house on the mountain; clap when the bunnies clap for grandfather bunny; smack or tap the floor when the country bunny falls down the mountain and crashes into the apple tree.
- At the end, play all the sounds together for a finale.
Recording sounds in nature on smartphones-All grades!
- Walk outside your apartment or home.
- Look for rocks, sticks, bark, leaves, etc. Record your child tapping rocks together, scraping bark, crinkling leaves, tapping sticks, etc, on a voice memos or voice recorder app. Usually the icon in the app store looks similar to this:
- If you live near trees, listen for bird calls, record them if you can.
- Have another family member try to guess what the sounds are.
- Tell your child to listen to their favorite quiet, calm song on the radio, a streaming service or iTunes.
- Have your child choose two or three of their favorite nature sounds and "play" them while they listen to the song, playing softly along with the music.
- They could complete the activity by drawing a "sound map," drawing the sounds they played during the song. For example, draw trees or sticks if they tapped sticks together for the first part of the song. Draw patterns of rocks, leaves, if they "played" them at the end of the song. Older students might enjoy making a connection to art. They could study the artwork of artists who focused on scenes in nature, such as Monet. You could also talk about the calming feeling after looking at Monet's Lily Pond paintings.
- You could extend the activity by going outside at nighttime and listening to the different calming sounds one hears in the evening. On a clear night you could listen to Debussy's Claire de Lune piano piece and discuss the calm feeling in the music while looking at the moon, which was the subject of Debussy's piece. Monet and Debussy were both impressionists. They focused more on conveying a mood than on very detailed tone pictures.
- This activity reminds children there are calming sounds all around us!
Free Music Activities for download from Alfred Publishing
Pre K- Kindergarten Music App!
Music can be a fun way to help your child transition from one activity to the next throughout the day. Try making up verses for different activities and tasks that you and your child might do throughout the day and sing them to the melody of "This Train." Replace "children" with your child's name when singing "children get on board." For example:
This train is cleaning up... Charlotte get on board.
This train is bound for bed... Zion get on board.
It's fun to sing this song while you and your child cook in the kitchen. You can also make up your own variations together about the foods you like and how you cook and eat them. It's great if the verses rhyme, but the most important thing is to have fun inventing the words. For example:
Soup, soup, put it in the pot,
warm it up, warm it up, eat it while it's hot!
Bagel, bagel, put it in the toaster,
warm it, toast it, eat it with some jelly!
Ice cream, ice cream, put it in my tummy,
I like (flavor), yummy, yummy, yummy!
Symphony Concerts: Listen Online! Spartanburg Philharmonic: Together Spartanburg, Musical Families!!
- What instruments did you hear?
- Was the music soft or loud? Fast or slow?
- What did the music make you feel like? Happy, sad, angry, joyful?