Tuesday, April 6, 2010
First Grade Week 1 -- the science of sound
We had a great first day in First Grade music today. After a warming up with a Dr. Suess chant -- "Sing With A Ying" -- the kids and I conducted a series of experiments to learn how sound works. We made observations, not just with our ears, but also with our eyes and our sense of touch (as in the picture of the temples bowls seen here). This is a prelude to a 10 week discussion of how the different families of instruments make different kinds of sounds or timbre and how those sounds can be used to express different ideas. Last year we were able to use these ideas to create a musical version of one of their open court stories, and I hope to do the same this year.
Homework -- Worksheet #1