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    Hello Northwood families,

    Let's keep the music going all summer long! Once the school year ends, there are still there are plenty of ways to stay musical at home. Below are plenty of ideas, both online and offline. Can you think of even more ways?
    Sincerely, Ms. Brown 

    Table of Contents 

    • Chrome Music Lab challenge - new activity for summer
    • Summer Music Bingo - new activity for summer
    • Distance Music Lessons (from March - June 2020)
    • Kindergarten activities
    • 1st Grade Activities
    • 2nd Grade Activities
    • 3rd Grade Activities
    • 4th Grade Activities
    • 5th Grade Activities
    • Music Websites for All Grades

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    Chrome Music Lab challenge

    Get those composing skills ready and make your own version of this song created by Ms. Brown! 

    • First, watch this video to see the demo of how to use "Song Maker."
    • Second, open this link to access Ms. Brown's melody. This is where you can create your own version of the song. Don't forget to save, copy link, and send to Ms. Brown so I can hear your creation! (You can post in Seesaw or email me.)
    • Bonus: explore the other experiments that Chrome Music Lab has to offer: just click here! 

    Summer Music Bingo

    The music teachers have created a Summer Music Bingo card just for you! It is included in the June 15th learning grid, and also available here all summer: Summer Music Bingo

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    Kindergarten Music Activities

    • Listen, keep a steady beat, and sing along with this Youtube playlist of many songs from music class. It includes favorites like "Chop Chop Chippity Chop," "Aiken Drum," "Down By the Bay," and more!
    • Draw a wiggly line on a piece of paper and practice following it with your singing voice. 
    • Practice ta/ti-ti with these downloadable rhythm flash cards. Kindergarten rhythms are on the pink background.
      • Try it with music in the background to keep a steady beat! Some favorites from music class are Popcorn or Axel F.
    • Write rhythms for things you see around your house: take a word and see if you can make it into "ta" or "ti-ti". Here's some hints! Cup = ta (one sound). Pencil = ti-ti (two fast sounds).
    • Make your own Land of Arioso, the land where you can only use your singing voice! In the music classroom, we used a special corner and special cushions. Can you make your own Land of Arioso and practice using your singing voice?
    • See "Music Websites for All Grades" at the bottom of the page for more online content!

    First Grade Music Activities

    • Sing a song from music class and teach it to someone in your house. Here are some ideas!
      • Bounce high, bounce low
        Bounce the ball to one you know! (Bonus: find a big ball and try to bounce to the beat, then bounce it into a basket or onto a target at the end of the song.)
      • Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town
        Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown
        Rapping at the window, crying through the locks
        Are the children in their beds? Cause now it's 8 o'clock! 
        1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
      • We're floating down the river
        We're floating down below
        We're floating down the river
        To the Ohio! 
        [Two] in the middle and you can't jump Josie (3x)... hello Susan Brown!
    • Draw a wiggly line on a piece of paper and practice following it with your singing voice. 
    • Practice ta/ti-ti/rest with these downloadable rhythm flash cards. 1st grade rhythms are on the orange background (you can try kindergarten too!).
      • Try it with music in the background to keep a steady beat! Some favorites from music class are Popcorn or Axel F.
    • Write rhythms for things you see around your house, just like we did with "Going On A Picnic." Can you make a melody by singing them on "so" or "mi?"
    • See "Music Websites for All Grades" at the bottom of the page for more online content!

    Second Grade Music Activities

    • Draw a line on a piece of paper and practice following it with your singing voice. Here's an example to get you started!
    • Practice rhythms with these downloadable rhythm flash cards. 2nd grade rhythms are on the yellow background (you can try kindergarten and first grade too!).
      • Try it with music in the background to keep a steady beat! Some favorites from music class are Popcorn or Axel F.
    • Sing a song from music class and teach it to someone in your house. Here are some ideas!
      • Charlie over the ocean, Charlie over the sea
        Charlie caught a blackfish, can't catch me!
      • Old MacDonald Had A Band, mi mi re re do!
        And in that band he had a [name your favorite instrument], mi mi re re do
        With a [instrument noise] here and a [instrument noise] there...
        Old MacDonald Had A Band, mi mi re re do!
      • Rattling Bog (bonus: here's a fun video of an Irish band singing the song... can you go as fast as them?)
      • Simple Simon met a pieman, going to the fair
        Said simple Simon to the pieman, let me taste your ware!
    • Write your own mi/re/do song using the website Notessimo (see link below) or on a piece of paper (here's a paper with the treble clef lines already written on it). Then, try singing your song to yourself!
    • See "Music Websites for All Grades" at the bottom of the page for more online content!

    Third Grade Music Activities

    • Practice rhythms with these downloadable rhythm flash cards. 3rd grade rhythms are on the green background (you can the other grades too!).
      • Try it with music in the background to keep a steady beat! Some favorites from music class are Popcorn or Axel F.
    • Sing a song from music class and teach it to someone in your house. Here are some ideas:
    • Play along with these Youtube videos. In music class we used different instruments for each symbol; you could try using different "instruments" from home (like using markers as rhythm sticks) or with different body percussion (stomping, clapping, patting, snapping).
    • Do a dance from music class:
      • Sasha!
      • Alabama Gal. Some moves might be different depending on how many people are dancing with you. Get creative and make up your own version!
        • Come through in a hurry (3x)... Alabama gal (sashay w/ your partner)
          I don't know how how (3x) ... Alabama gal (right arm hook, then left arm hook)
          I'll show you how how (3x) ... Alabama gal (peel the banana)
          Ain't I rock candy (3x) ... Alabama gal (go under the tunnel)
        • Here's a video of grown-ups dancing it, so you can remember how it goes
    • See "Music Websites for All Grades" at the bottom of the page for more online content!

    Fourth Grade Music Activities

    • Practice treble clef! Here are some websites for online practice. See below for some non-tech ideas
    • Write your own silly sentences to remember the lines of the treble clef (EGBDF) and the spaces (FACE)
    • Create words on the treble clef: first, draw your own treble clef or print this download. Then, write music notes (or use tokens, like coins) on the lines or spaces in the same order as the letters of the word. If someone else in your household knows how to read treble clef, see if they can "decode" your word. (If no one else knows treble clef yet, try teaching them!)
      • Word ideas: EGG, BAD, BAG, CABBAGE, DAD, FACE, FADE, DAB, BEAD, BEEF... anything with the letters ABCDEFG!
    • Play along with these Youtube videos. In music class we used different instruments for each symbol; you could try using different "instruments" from home (like using markers as rhythm sticks) or with different body percussion (stomping, clapping, patting, snapping).
    • Practice rhythms with these downloadable rhythm flash cards. 4th grade rhythms are on the blue background (you can the other grades too!).
      • Try it with music in the background to keep a steady beat! Some favorites from music class are Popcorn or Axel F.
    • See "Music Websites for All Grades" at the bottom of the page for more online content!

    Fifth Grade Music Activities

    • Play along with these Youtube videos. In music class we used different instruments for each symbol; you could try using different "instruments" from home (like using markers as rhythm sticks) or with different body percussion (stomping, clapping, patting, snapping).
    • Practice rhythms with these downloadable rhythm flash cards
      • Try it with music in the background to keep a steady beat! Some favorites from music class are Popcorn or Axel F.
    • Compose something: make your own song, clapping game, beanbag passing to your favorite song... etc. Here are some reminders of activities we did in music class for inspiration:
      • Jazz song "Take Five" - we learned a 5-beat beanbag ostinato (a pattern that repeats itself), then made individual 5-beat patterns for the B section.
      • Winter song "Sleigh Ride" - we learned several different clapping patterns, from simple 4-beat ones to complicated ones like the hand jive. Pick a song that you like, and add different clapping patterns, dance moves, or other ostinatos for the different parts of the song.
      • Jazz song "Cookie Jar" - use an instrument that you have at home, or use "scat singing" like Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz artists, and improvise your own interludes during Cookie Jar.
      • Use inspiration from the band OK Go and create your own music video to a song you love
    • Explore new musicians, especially jazz artists. Here are some musicians we watched in music class. I've only put one example from each one here, but they have so many other great songs as well!
    • See "Music Websites for All Grades" at the bottom of the page for more online content!