FIRST QUARTER of KINDERGARTEN
We are nearing the end of the first quarter! Man has the start of the year flown by!! The students have music twice in a 6-day cycle for 45-minutes. That boils down to about 11 class periods each. It has been great having all of the familiar faces coming back into the music room, as well as getting to know the new kindergarteners as well as the new students to Harmony.
The kindergarteners have been diving in and exploring how they have a high and a low voice, as well as four different types of voices that they can use: speaking, shouting, singing, and whisper voices. Everyday starting since the first day, we have had a singing warmup where each student must sing a solo! I really try and break the fear of doing something alone right away, and the kids then find out that it's fun to do solos in music. They have a simple singing response, I sing, "Hello, Justin" and they respond with, "Hello, Mr. Kamp!" (Using a Sol-Mi pattern). In addition to the singing warmup, we have been reading a lot of children's books and adding songs to them, a class favorite would have to be "Going on a Bear Hunt" where the students learn a short song and lots of actions to go along with the song. Besides singing, the students have learned about two different composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach. They have learned biographical information as well as listened and watched recordings of their famous works, or as I call them, Greatest Hits!
In Milton, we are lucky enough to have 1:1 technology available for every student! We have downloaded and explored two different apps onto the iPads: Moozart and TuneTrain. Both of these apps are for pitch exploration (high and low sounds) as well as composing their own music by dragging and dropping different objects to create melodies using high and low. If you have a device at home, I highly recommend downloading these apps, they're FREE!!