Friday, January 15, 2010

Week One Second Grade --Hungarian Dancing and Beat

Today we kicked off second grade music with what is becoming one of my favorite activities. First the kids improvised some dances to the eight beat phrases in "Hungarian Dance #5" by Brahms. We then looked at the way rhythm lies on top of the beat as a series of long and short notes. The lesson ended with kids composing their own rhythms using chop sticks on sheets of copy paper that represented the underlying pulse.

Homework -- none this week. We'll start composing music next week.

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