Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fourth Grade Week 4 -- Introduction to Melody

Having spent several weeks discussing beat and rhythm we began this week to talk about melody. As the kids discovered, melody is not that complicated. It is simply a sequence of rising and falling pitches that follows the rhythm pattern, often dictated by the text of lyrics. Using the rhythm rainbow puzzle boxes they made the last week the kids improvised pentatonic melodies on the Orff instruments -- with very pretty results.

Homework -- no worksheet this week. I have my hands full getting the gourds ready for second grade!

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