In this lesson you will:
Musicplay is a menu. The teacher is not expected to teach every song or activity. Choose the songs and activities from the list that will best fit your schedule and the needs of your students.
Review families of unpitched instruments
Teach “We Come from Pluto” by rote. Teach the actions for the first part of the song. When the song is learned, divide the class into two groups; have half sing "bloom" and the other half sing "bleep." Each group will crouch down (plié) when they sing.
Teach the chorus for "It's a Holiday". Keep the beat during the verses.
Learn about the steel pan drum.
Did you hear the steel pan drums in the song "It's a Holiday"?
Learn about the Paw Paw fruit
Teach the melody by rote and play the game. This song is included to introduce sixteenth notes to the students.
Form two lines facing each other, with group A in one line and group B in another.
Verse 1: The person at the head of group A skips around behind their line, around group B's line, and back into place.
Verse 2: The person at the head of group A leads the whole group B line around group A's line, and back into B's places.
Verse 3: The two lines peel the orange, with the head couple forming an arch at the bottom. To “peel the orange” the two line leaders will go around their lines in different directions. One will lead his line to the left, and the other will lead her line to the right. All go through the arch.
Game repeats with the new head couple. Traditionally this game was played with group A being the girls and group B
being the boys, but we suggest that you allow students to partner with whoever they'd like. Change the words of verse 2 to "Come on kids" instead of "Come on boys." Change the words "Pretty Little Ellie" to my friend ______ substituting the name of the child who is the leader.
Teach them "Santa Claus is Coming” by rote. Try it as a two part canon. Ask the students if they remember what a canon is. (In a canon the voices sing the same melody but enter at different times.)
Create a B section for "Santa Claus is Coming" using word rhythms.
Play the word rhythm you create on your instruments.