We have had a wonderful time getting to know our youngest musicians at Ocean Ave this fall. Like the Kindergarteners, I am also new at OAS so we have been singing name songs to help meet each other. By playing the rhythm of our names on the lollipop drum, we discovered that some names have one sound and other have two, three or four.
We have been listening to different styles of music to practice our steady beat and active listening skills. Moving to music is one of our favorite activities! We have been exploring the music room with fast and slow drum beats and moving to music with scarves. We also enjoyed dancing a “silly dance contest.”
September is also a time when we explore making different sounds with our voices, practicing high and low sounds, learning the difference between our chanting and singing voice and finding new silly voices at the piano. Some of our current songs include: Row row row your boat, 3 little pigeons, Shoo Fly and Bringing home a baby bumble bee.
This month was full of instrument playing, singing, and dancing! Many of our songs were about the Fall season and the changing, falling, Autumn leaves. We played many different percussion instruments including the Glockenspiel. Students practiced playing the glockenspiel from low to high with our song.
We read “Pumpkin Pumpkin” by Jeanne Titherington and “Can you do it” by Eric Carle. The animals in Carle’s book helped us explore new ways to move. And move we did! We learned some new dances this month which included traveling in a circle, which is a very big step in kindergarten.
This is a short month for us! We have been learning about the STRINGS family. Students passed around a violin, and also learned about the viola, cello, bass and harp instruments. We are learning new echo songs and students are doing an amazing job developing their singing voices and matching pitch. Our favorite song this month is about a little worm who gets stuck in a straw. Ask your child what happens to the worm :)
We have been learning about music from the Nutcracker ballet. We enjoyed moving with scarves and beanbags to the music.