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Elementary AMI Day packets

 

Elementary Music AMI Packet

May 4 - May 22 (3 weeks)

 

I hope you are doing okay!  I sure miss you coming to the music room every week. 

 

There are so many fun things that we never get to do in the music class because there just isn’t enough time.  I hope you can enjoy some of the options you have for specials on Fridays for the rest of the year. You do not have to do all of these but here are some things for choices. It would be really cool if you could post some of them on either the school facebook (Alpena News You Should Know) and/or the Alpena Music Facebook page for Elementary (Alpena Leopard Toetappers). I will be posting videos of me doing some of these on the music facebook.

 

Keeping a Steady Beat!

The elementary music facebook page name comes from keeping a steady beat!  If the music is good you tap your toes to the steady beat of the music.  So we are called Toetappers!

 

  1. March or tiptoe around the room to two different kinds of music.  Do a fast piece and a slower piece, or a happy and a sad piece, or maybe a rock and roll piece and a country piece.  You have the choice but keep in a steady beat!

 

  1. Beat Buddy.  Find a partner to keep the beat.  Be creative.  Could it be a family member?  Must they have 2 feet? Do you have to use your feet?  You can listen to a piece of music while doing this or make the music yourself.

 

  1. Playing spoons.  Take your left hand and hold it about 4 inches above your leg.  Your left hand will not move.  Practice moving the right hand up and down between your leg and the left hand.  Now to add the metal spoons.  Take one spoon, bowl going down on the backside of your fingers.  Put it over your right pointer knuckle and you hold the outside edges of the handle between your finger and hand. Your thumb will go down on top to make a firm grip.  Take the second spoon and put it between the pointer and middle fingers (bowl goes up)  with the middle finger wrapping around the outside of the handle of that spoon.  Now that you have made a fist around the spoons, gently tap your leg with your spoons.  You should hear a tap sound from the spoons when you do this.  (If they don’t tap, you are holding too close to the bowl, so back the spoon out of your hand a little more until you make a click when you hit your leg.  Then put your left hand above your leg and tap the spoons on the underside of your hand.  It should click. Start alternating between hand and leg.  If the spoons start moving, remember to hold the handle with your fingers so they don’t move. The YouTube video by David Hold is a great example of playing the spoons.

 

  1. Learn a hand game to music.  An example would be Miss Mary Mack or I Let her Go go. You can learn from a family member or on YouTube.


 

Create your own instrument at home!

You know how I use “found” instruments in the classroom instead of buying some instruments.   I would love to see what instruments you can create while you are at home!  Play on them while you sing/have music from the radio/have others play with you and record yourself.  Have Fun!

 

  1. Remember my drums (cottage cheese containers), maracas (plastic eggs with beans), and sand blocks (pool noodle parts)?  What are others you can make?  Be creative.  Maybe two of the same thing but one sounds higher than the other. (K-2 especially)

 

  1. Try taking a plastic bottle and blow across the top, it will make a sound.  This is similar to how you play a flute.  Keep your lips relaxed on the inside by saying pooh (Like Winnie the Pooh) to make a good sound. You may need to experiment with where you put your mouth and the way your air is aiming across the opening. The smaller opening like a water bottle is a good one.  If you get different size bottles, or put different amounts of liquid in them, you can make more than one sound.  You can play a song using the different sounding bottles.  This goes back to the old time bands that had someone play the jug!  I was using the milk jug this morning for a low sound! (3-6)

 

  1. Take glasses and fill them with different amounts of liquid.  Then take a plastic spoon or wooden stick (craft sticks, chopsticks, etc) and tap gently on the glass.  The various amounts of liquid will cause it to make a different sound on each glass.  I challenge you to adjust the glasses and then play a song on them! (3-6)

 

  1. Take crystal glasses and fill them similar to number 3.  Dip your finger in the water and rub it around the top of the rim.  With some practice, you will be able to make sounds.  Just like number 3, I challenge you to play a song!  (You can see many examples of this on youtube) This is called playing the glass harp, musical glasses, singing glasses, angelic organ or ghost fiddle.

 

For an interesting video to watch  - kaboom percussion they are putting valve stems inside plastic bottles and then airing them up to specific pitches.  It is similar to what we are doing in these projects but is a very clear tone. They have a disney and Christmas set.

 

Singing with the radio/youtube/recording

 

  1. Sing a couple songs that you like at home.  

 

  1. Call a family member or someone that isn’t leaving their home because of this virus.  Talk to them for a couple minutes and then sing for them.  It will really cheer them up.

 

  1. Find a song that makes you happy and practice it.  Even if you don’t want to sing, you can lip sync with the music and do some motions/dance with it.  Then video tape it.  You can post it, send it in an email, or any other way you can get it to show people that need to have something to cheer them up. (My niece and her family did one last week!)

 

  1. Take a song and change the words to tell everyone a positive message!  You can sing it or just write it out.  There are many songs done this way about this virus right now.


 

Activity: What is your Name?

 

Complete the activities listed for each letter of your name.  For an added challenge, add in your last name and do the activities twice!  Ask family members to join you.

BONUS: Spell your first, middle and last name, spell a family members name, spell your pet's name

MEGA BONUS - See if you can complete the whole alphabet in just 2 weeks!

Really cool if you post some of the things you do on the school website!  Love to see the instruments or songs you make up especially!

 

A - Sing your favorite song

B - Keep a steady beat by clapping along to a song

C - Tap the rhythm to a song you know

D - Sing a song from music class

E - Dance for the next 5 minutes

F - Find something in your house to use as an instrument

G - Sing the words of your favorite book

H - Play a game  Activity if you did not have earlier.from music class

I - Create a new dance move

J - Sing or dance along to a song with a fast (presto) tempo (speed)

K - Find something that makes a quiet (piano) sound

L - Play a song and be the conductor for the music (direct the music)

M - Go outside and listen to the sounds of nature.

N - Make an instrument out of household objects

O - Make up your own song

P - Decide if your family members have high or low voices

Q - Sing a song with high notes

R - Sing theme songs from the shows you watch

S - Change the lyrics (words) to a song you know

T - Have a quick dance party with anyone in the house

U - Sing a song with low notes

V - Find something that makes a loud (forte) sound

W - Find something to use as rhythm sticks and tap along to a song

X - Hum a song that you know

Y - Sing or dance along to a song with a slow (largo) tempo (speed)

Z - Whistle a song you know


 

Online field trips

 

https://www.allthemusicalinstrumentsoftheworld.com

 

Take a Field Trip to the Music Store - KidVision Pre-K


 

Music Sites

The following symphony orchestra sites have a lot activities for kids

https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids Dallas Symphony Orchestra 

 

https://www.nyphilkids.org New York Philharmonic 

 

http://www.sfskids.org   San Francisco Symphony 

 

https://www.mso.org/education/concerts_for_schools/general_resources/     Milwaulkee Symphony Orchestra has sites listed that are good.

 

Apps/sites

 

https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/           Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments. Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs. No account necessary.

 

Fun for everyone - Chicken scream app.  This one can be done with voice or instrument. This lets you practice long and short sounds and dynamics of loud and soft.

 

5th grade - recorders/6th grade band instruments

Smartmusic - is allowing us free use of this site until June 30 because of the virus.  It is a great site.  You can get on and use it with your instruments for now.  You can sing or play with piano if you want to.  When you sign in, you may have to wait on permission from me to use it but I will check everyday.  You will need to sign in using your school email, ex. firstlast@alpenaleopards.org  You have until May 15 to sign into https://www.smartmusic.com/

 

5th grade class code is JKEU7- 4RANX

6th grade class code is UHKYT - LZ34R

 

On apps there is one called

Play along……

It says the instrument you are playing ex. Play along flute, or Play along recorder.  It is also good if you can’t get smartmusic.

 

There are a LOT of fun apps/sites/videos/YouTube things for music.  Right now on a beautiful day or a rainy day remember to listen to the beauty of Nature's music.  I hope you can enjoy all of the music around you and making the music yourself too! Sure do miss you.  I look forward to seeing you again next year.  If you are moving, I wish you the very best and I hope you are happy in your new school.  Hugs to all of you and keep using that hand sanitizer and soap!

 

AMI Days 1-5 (finish by March 18)

Either teach a song you are learning to a family member or have them teach you a song that they remember from their childhood.

 

AMI Days 6-15 (Finish by April 10)

Grades K-4

The students can do these two worksheets.  We have been doing these in class.

 

Identify Lines or Spaces.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/449/lower_elementary_line_space_paper.pdf

Identify Notes or Rests.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/449/lower_elementary_note_rest_paper.pdf

or use the below set

Put “N” above the notes (sound) and put “R” above the rests (silence).  Remember that notes always have a circle but any other shape can be a rest!



O        O        X        O        X        O



O        S        O        S        O        O



T        W        O        O        F        O



W        O        W        G        O        !
 

Challenge:

 

O        d        F        p        X        O

 

Grade 5-6

These are papers the 5-6 students can do for AMI.

 

Music sudoku 1

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/449/music_sudoku_1.pdf

Color by Music symbols.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/449/color_by_music_symbols.pdf

 

Color by Word

https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/449/color_by_word_notes_treble_elem.pdf

 

Elementary AMI Days 11-16 (Finish by April 9)

Grades K-6

If you have internet go to one of these sites and learn about the different instruments and music using the various games.

www.sfskids.org

www.dsokids.com

www.nyphilkids.org

 

If you do not have the internet, turn on music of any type and march to one song and then dance to another.  Try to stay in beat with the music. Then listen to a song and raise your hands when the singer is resting and then try to clap in rhythm with their singing.

Grades 4-6

When we return, we will be doing a project with these answers from below. Please look at the following descriptions (may need a parent to look) and write in the numbers that apply to you. Your answer will be your name and the 3 numbers that describe your facial features.

Teeth

Even – 1

Uneven – 2 

Chin

Large (round or square) – 3

pointed in shape – 4

Lips

Full or Large – 5

Medium – 6

Thin – 7

 

Music AMI Day Activity  – DAYS 16-21 (Finish by April 17)

K-6

What’s Your Name?

Complete the activities listed for each letter of your name.  For an added challenge, add in your last name and do the activities twice!  Ask family members to join you.

BONUS: Spell your first, middle and last name, spell a family members name, spell your pet's name

MEGA BONUS - See if you can complete the whole alphabet in just 2 weeks!

Really cool if you post some of the things you do on the school website!  Love to see the instruments or songs you make up especially!

 

A - Sing your favorite song

B - Keep a steady beat by clapping along to a song

C - Tap the rhythm to a song you know

D - Sing a song from music class

E - Dance for the next 5 minutes

F - Find something in your house to use as an instrument

G - Sing the words of your favorite book

H - Play a game from music class

I - Create a new dance move

J - Sing or dance along to a song with a fast (presto) tempo (speed)

K - Find something that makes a quiet (piano) sound

L - Play a song and be the conductor for the music (direct the music)

M - Go outside and listen to the sounds of nature.

N - Make an instrument out of household objects

O - Make up your own song

P - Decide if your family members have high or low voices

Q - Sing a song with high notes

R - Sing theme songs from the shows you watch

S - Change the lyrics (words) to a song you know

T - Have a quick dance party with anyone in the house

U - Sing a song with low notes

V - Find something that makes a loud (forte) sound

W - Find something to use as rhythm sticks and tap along to a song

X - Hum a song that you know

Y - Sing or dance along to a song with a slow (largo) tempo (speed)

Z - Whistle a song you know

 

Sure miss everyone!