WHAT DO WE TEACH?

As children come to learn more and more about how music is put together, they will begin to have new ears to hear any music. They add critical thinking skills to their musical experiences and will enjoy many kinds of music. They also come to understand and love music as they have hands on experiences creating their own music. They can have that experience through private lessons or by just doing some of the fun lessons that I will share.

The lessons will center on the Elements of Music: Beat, Rhythm, Style, Melody, Expression, Form, Timbre, Harmony, and Texture. You can watch as children become confidant at discussing these elements and hearing them in the music they listen to each day. They will enjoy using these elements to create their own music.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lesson 2 Melodies Move Up and Down

Ebeneezer Sneezer, a Simple C Scale Song

Here is a simple scale song that can be used with Boomwhackers®.
  (C) Ebeneezer Sneezer
  (D) topsy turvy man
  (E) walks upon his elbows
  (F) anytime he can
  (G) dresses up in paper
  (A) everytime it pours
  (B) whistles Yankee Doodle
  (C') everytime he snores
  (C' B A G F E D C) Oh  Ebeneezer what a man! (fast descending scale)

Here is a video where you can learn to sing this very simple song. She is playing it on the piano at the same time so if you have a piano you will be able to quickly be able to both play and sing the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMXEQ-S65QM


This is a good sing-a-long version that is much more fun for singing.
http://www.schooltube.com/video/50a12eaffb21e4f03b3e/Ebeneezer%20Sneezer

You will notice that it says it is color codes for boomwhackers.  Boomwhackers are incredibly fun instruments that are made of colorful tubes.  For $20 you can buy the basic set and play this song and lots of other songs.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/classroom-kids/boomwhackers-c-major-diatonic-scale-set-upper-octave-boomwhackers-tuned-percussion-tubes

Another option is an 8 note glockenspiel.  Here is one at Amazon for $13.99. 
http://www.amazon.com/Eight-Note-Glockenspiel-Two-Mallets/dp/B0002E362S

The advantage of the glockenspiel is that a child can play the song easily by themselves whereas boomwhackers were more designed for a group to play, each one playing one note.

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