Sunday, May 2, 2010

First Grade Week 4 -- Melody and Contour

This week we continued our study of how musical instruments work by focusing on the roll that size and tension play to determining pitch. The kids learned that the shorter, smaller or tighter a vibrating surface was the higher the pitch tended to be. It is from the relationship of highs and lows that the concepts of melody and scales developed.

The kids then got a chance to try the concept out by using the Orff xylophones for the first time. They concluded by constructing a piece of music and movement around the song "All The Leaves Are Falling Down", using scarves to represent the leaves. Very beautiful!

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