How do you describe yourself?
One of the ways I describe myself is as an educator, sometimes in music, other times in math and science. Other descriptions include: an author (of music patterns books like Popular 8 Note Songs) and a musician, sometimes singing, sometimes playing the piano, and sometimes playing the xylophone!
So I have started hosting Pop Up Music Classes so that more children can describe themselves as musicians too!
When I teach the class, I introduce four main parts of music. I am going to share these ideas with you with the hope that perhaps some of you will host your own Pop Up Music Class with the children in your community.
Four Musical Ideas:
When you introduce beat, first have the children cover their hearts with their hands and see if they can find their own musical beat that is happening inside of them. Clap along with a metronome to the beat of the average heart rate. Then you can have the children jump up and down and jog in place and discover that the beat of their hearts has gotten faster. Resting with their heads on the table allows their heart rates to slow, and so you can slow the ticking of the metronome. Using a metronome, discuss how beats can be fast or slow.
represent the beats in a four-count time signature. It takes longer to eat two pieces of pie than it does to eat one, so when you pretend to eat one piece of pie, say, “Plum,” and when you pretend to eat two pieces of pie say, “Ap – ple.” Three and four beats must be held even longer, so say, “Blue Ber – ry” and “Sweet Po-ta-to” for those longer beats.
Play Follow the Leader (or Call and Response) by saying a rhythm pattern and having the children repeating it.
Plum, Plum, Ap – ple, Sweet Po-ta-to, Ap – ple
Clap, Clap, Clap (hold) Clap (hold, hold, hold) Clap (hold)
3. Pitch: High note frequency and low note frequency
Bears talk with very low voices, so students on the left hand side of the class practice talking with very low voices. Mice talk with very high voices, so students on the right