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The Weeks of June 30 and July 7, 2014

Greetings Rock Stars!

What we’ve had with the “HATS” lessons.   We had fun with with Independence Day songs and I wore my big, tall, fluffy American Flag hat.

We sang:

You’re  a Grand Ol’ Flag

Fireworks, fireworks (to The Tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Fill the sky, shining on the fourth of July
See them shoot up, see them flare,
See them light up everywhere,
Fireworks, fireworks fill the sky,
Shining on the Fourth of July.

Bang! Snap! Whistle! Pop! (To the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat)
Fireworks fill the air.
See them lighting up the sky
On the Fourth of July.

We also passed out flags and practiced waving them… being careful to not drop them or hit anyone with them!   Counting stripes, counting stars (all the way to 50!) was great fun.   And rolling them back up, nice and tight was a new experience for many children.

Then last week, we talked about the early pioneers.  I wore a raccoon skin hat and the Howdy Earl puppet shared stories about settling texas.  Pioneers didn’t have restaurants or grocery stores and they to hunt for their own food.  The also had to build their own homes and entertain themselves with music.   I brought the dulcimer again and we sang Ol’ Susanna and The Bear went over the River ( making up new verses, imaging all the places a Bear might go).  Some kids had ideas about the Bear going into caves, into homes, over the museum, and up to the moon!  Imagination is a wonderful thing… :)  We alas went on an imaginary Bear hunt, making sound effects along the way, and snapped a picture of the bear quickly before running back home!

On the video below, from 3:15 to 4:03,  is some fun footage of a reenactment of early settlers entertaining themselves with music around a fire.  There is a covered wagon in the background and someone is playing Ol’ Susanna on the violin.   Might be an interesting thing to show your kids, to match an example with what we talked about in class:

I’m looking forward to the coming weeks and different hats to share.  Up next:  the Railroad Conductor hat.

Thank You for taking an interest in your child’s musical development.


Mister Bradley

P.S.  I tried to find a good rendition of The Bear Went Over The Mountainto share, but most are a little too cheesy for my taste.  I did find this which has a nice acoustic guitar in it.


The Weeks of March 3rd and 10th

Hello Rockstars!

I don’t know what it is about the Springtime that has me immediately thinking of classic Disney songs, but I just couldn’t help myself!

We revisited the music terms of dynamics:  piano, mezzo piano, mezzo forte, and forte with singing “Supercalifragilistic“, and as each phrase was sung, we got gradually louder;  We’ve wished the swift arrival of Spring with “Zipadeedoodah”;  “It’s a Small World” brought us together and encouraged us to make new friends wherever we go…

We also talked about all the fun we can have in our backyards:  When the Ants Go Marching; Roly-Poly Caterpillar; The Hungry Caterpillar; Don’t Throw Your Junk in My Backyard.  We also enjoyed  Raffi’s “There’s a Spider on the Floor” and I reminded children that spiders can be beautiful, especially if you are lucky enough to watch them spin their web.  But we don’t want to get too close them.  And if you find one in your house, ask a grownup to take it outside for you.  There’s use in stepping on it, since spiders help up by eating mosquitos!

Children also got to strum the guitar, the banjo, and the mandolin.  We also practiced “drawing” sung pitches in the air by mimicking the sounds of the kazoo!

By the way,  for parents that would like a quick brush-up on the basics of reading music, so you can help with your child’s musical development, this is a wonderful video:

Rock n Roll Week

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The Week of September 9, 2013

Hello, Rock Stars!

.This week in class was “Rock n Roll” week! And here are some of things we did together.

  • We sang “The Name Game” with each child’s name (Shirly, Shirly, bo burly, Fananna Fanna… etc)
  • We sang “Walkin’ on Sunshine” by Katrina & the Waves
  • We sang “I Love Rock n Roll” (a G-Rated version ;))
  • We passed around the drum tambourine and took turns playing it with percussion brushes. I also played some jazz beats on the drum while we chanted words to different songs like Row Row Row Your Boat and ABC’s, etc. and passed around a drum tambourine.
  • We danced to “La Bamba!”

And, I couldn’t help it, I taught them how to say “I Love Rock n Roll” in sign language…. which, of course, is the same as a regular ol’ “I love you” gesture in sign language, but just held high while your head bobs.


Mister Bradley

P.S. Because of Labor Day, The Cathedral school had “Whale” Week this week.

P.P.S. Also, take note that this curriculum is based on a 30-minute class structure. Not all schools are structured the same way; some schools may accommodate an abridged version of the curriculum.