Port Side Pirates
Watch this fun book/song about pirates. Watch a 2nd time as see if you can sing along
with the chorus ("This way, that way ....")
A Pizza Hut, A Pizza Hut
Remember this song? It's one of three songs in this week's lesson. You will sing some familiar songs, practice your solfege, and make up a new verse. There's a lot in this lesson, so you choose how many activities you do. Or do some and come back another day and do the rest. Find the lesson HERE.
If you visit this page, please leave your name and a comment.
A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea
Hi 2nd Graders! How are you? Hope you and your family are doing well this week. Can you believe there are only 4 more weeks of school? It's going fast.
Here is a book I thought you would enjoy. It's an additive song. Watch and you will see what I mean. You might have to watch a few times to get all the words!
In the rest of today's lesson you will learn to sing mi,re,do; learn a song you will play on recorder next year (Hot Cross Buns) and use loud and quiet in music and movement. There's a LOT in this lesson. Feel free to pick and choose the activities and songs that interest you the most.
Click HERE to go to the lesson.
Hi 2nd Graders! I hope you had a relaxing Spring break and had time to rest from schoolwork.
I do miss you! But just because you are stuck at home doesn't mean you can't keep singing or learning about music.
I found a great website with some fun music games. Click on this link https://musicplayonline.com/ and you will see the games on the right hand side. I especially want you to try out
"Which Rhythm do you Hear" levels 1 & 2 and "Which Melody do you Hear" level 1,2 & 3.
If you want a challenge, try the next level up and see how you do.
Write me a comment below. Tell me what game was the easiest? Which game or level was hard for you? Did you "ace" all the answers? Play with a parent and keep score. Who won? Let me know all about it.
April Song of the Month
April's song of the month was one we learned right at the beginning of your 1st grade year.
That was a LONG time ago, so I thought you could use a little review. It's one of those songs every American should know. I bet the older people in your family already do. Watch and sing with the kids in this video. They did a great job and I liked the actions they used. Here are the words:
This land is your land, this land is my land
From the California to the New York Island From the Redwood Forest,
to the Gulf stream waters This land was made for you and me
As I went walking that ribbon of highway I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me the golden valley This land was made for you and me
I roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding This land was made for you and me
When the sun come shining, then I was strolling In wheat fields waving and dust clouds rolling
The voice was chanting as the fog was lifting This land was made for you and me .
Don't forget to leave me a comment after you've finished this week's lesson.
A summer parade, a drummer parade, a magical bucket-and-bowl serenade! What begins with one boy’s beat on a kettle soon spreads to pots and pans and cartons and cans all across the neighborhood. When everyone joins in, together they create the catchy, driving tempo of a bright, hot DRUM CITY!
Creating Your Own Instruments!
In this book people pick up all sorts of things to make music. They play rhythms on pots and pans, cartons, barrels, bins, pails, buckets, and lots more! Have you ever thought of using an everyday item to make your own instrument?
With your parent's help you can visit this website created by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Click on the image below to see how you can make your own instruments out of everyday objects!
If you decide to make your own instrument, send me a picture (email@example.com) or leave a comment below describing what instrument you created and how?
Explore the Orchestra
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the orchestra? What does each section do and what do they sound like? Click the picture below to visit the Classics For Kids website. There you can click on each section, learn which instruments are involved, hear a short example of those instruments playing, and read more.
When you're finished on their Classics for Kids website, come back here and tell me which instrument family was your favorite, and why!
What a Wonderful World
You might have heard the song "What a Wonderful World" before in TV, movies, or on the radio. In the video below you'll see a singer perform the song with a guitar accompaniment and you'll also see a book illustrated by one of our favorite illustrators, Tim Hopgood! Watch below to see and hear.
The book has beautiful illustrations and shows scenes from around the world. Long before this book was ever created, the song "What a Wonderful World" was made.
It was first recorded in 1967 by a recording artist named Louis Armstrong. Since then the song has sold over one million copies and people all around the world have sung their own versions of the song. Watch below and you'll be able to see Louis Armstrong himself sing this song. Can you see that he has an instrument in his hand? Watch carefully and look for details in the video about where the musicians are, what instruments they're playing, and other details that tell you about their setting.
Who was Louis Armstrong?
Louis Armstrong (August 4, 1901 – July 6, 1971) nicknamed Satchmo or Pops was an American jazz trumpeter and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He sang the blues and played the trumpet and the cornet. He was famous in many countries. He was also known for his good singing voice. Armstrong won many awards during his career.
Armstrong was born and raised in New Orleans. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an "inventive" trumpet and cornet player, Armstrong was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Joe "King" Oliver, to Chicago to play in the Creole Jazz Band. In the Windy City, he networked with other jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend, Bix Biederbecke, and made new contacts, which included Hoagy Carmichael and Lil Hardin. He earned a reputation at "cutting contests", and moved to New York in order to join Fletcher Henderson's band.
With his instantly recognizable gravelly voice, Armstrong was also an influential singer, demonstrating great dexterity as an improviser, bending the lyrics and melody of a song for expressive purposes. He was also very skilled at scat singing. Armstrong is renowned for his charismatic stage presence and voice almost as much as for his trumpet playing. Armstrong's influence extends well beyond jazz, and by the end of his career in the 1960s, he was widely regarded as a profound influence on popular music in general.
Armstrong was one of the first truly popular African-American entertainers to "cross over", whose skin color was secondary to his music in an America that was extremely racially divided at the time. He rarely publicly politicized his race, often to the dismay of fellow African Americans, but took a well-publicized stand for desegregation in the Little Rock crisis. His artistry and personality allowed him access to the upper echelons of American society, then highly restricted for black men. He died of a heart attack in July 6, 1971 in Corona, Queens, New York City.
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