Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fourth Grade Week 1 -- Song Lyrics and how to write them

Week 1 of Fourth Grade Music started of with one of my favorite activities. The kids learn the Irish marketplace song "Molly Malone" and then develop new lyrics including some highly unique products to sell. The passing of the boxes represent the off loading of cargo and helps keep the time.

All of this was designed to help the students understand that lyrics usually follow the rhythmic patterns and accents of spoken language. This week's assignment is to come up with a four line lyric where each line contains seven and only seven syllables. These will be added to a traditional melody in class next week.

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