Christmas festivities are coming to an end and we are excited to get back to work on our current project; Music Makers - Book One. We are so thrilled to be publishing our very first resource for elementary music teachers, due out this spring!
We will keep you updated as to when and where it will be available in the New Year!
We are so excited to be in Atlantic City! After waiting six hours, Steph's flight almost got cancelled due to a Northern Manitoba snow storm, but we made it! Soundscape Music will be presenting four sessions at the American Orff Schulwerk Conference tomorrow! We are really looking forward to making music with our American colleagues. We are also looking forward to attending more great sessions from other clinicians such as Jim Soloman, Christa Coogan and fellow Canadians Rose Suter and Angela Warren!
Halloween is so much fun! Some activities that we will be doing with our students include playing the barred instruments with glow sticks, movement creations to spooky music with finger lights, a hand-jive dance to the Monster Mash and these cute vocal slide composition booklets!
The plan for Kindergarten students is to create and notate their own vocal slides. The booklet includes examples for students to sing and to gain compositional ideas. Click below for a FREE printable booklet to use with your students! It includes French and English booklets!
The Manitoba Music Educators' Association presented another amazing TEMPO conference this past Friday. We were fortunate enough to be a part of the clinician line-up and had a fabulous time! Thank-you to Judy and her organizing committee who did another excellent job putting on this great day of professional learning. Below is Steph demonstrating our Moving and Grooving Bugs activity with participants. We had a blast!
Click below for the free resources from our Tons of Bugs session!
Sean presented at the Manitoba Orff Chapter's Make and Take workshop last week and shared his Treble Note Cards! Here they are for you!
Print these cards on bright card stock, cut them out, laminate them and store them in plastic craft baggies. Here are some activities that Sean does with his classes using the treble note cards.
Music Memory Game
Use two sets of cards. Place them face down in a grid. Working in pairs, students take turns overturning two cards to see if they get a matching pair. Whether they match or not, they have to name the notes. If they get a matching pair, they take the cards and have another turn. Reinforces memory work too!
Using a designated instrument (recorder, xylophone, Boomwhacker, etc), students randomly choose 3 cards and play them. You may have to limit the notes depending on the instrument.
Organize the cards in sequence to make scales such as major or pentatonic. Also a great way to demonstrate modes. Print out cards with accidentals to have a fully chromatic set, allowing for more versatility. A good tool for assessment.
Students can use cards to either create a short melody to then play, or to notate a melody which they have already created. Rhythmic values wouldn’t be represented, unless you print note cards with rhythmic values or use a separate rhythm card set to place alongside the note cards. Have multiple sets available and perhaps limit the choice of notes.
We call these "jitter sticks"! They are great to use when students are getting jittery or when they need a little pick me up! These would be great for classroom teachers to use too!
Simply type up various fun movements and adhere each one around a popsicle stick.
Put your sticks upside down in a small container. When you see a busy body getting the jitters, have a student choose a jitter stick for the class to do!
Steph is at a new school this year and loves her large music room space! She is excited to get to know her students this year. Check out the before and after photos!
How do you have your music room set up? What have you found works well for you and your students?
Steph is starting at a new school this year and she is very excited! She will be teaching Music in a dual track school, so she wanted to make sure that labels, posters and charts are in both French and English. Printing in black and white is usually what she does so that she can print on vibrant paper. It saves on colour printing and it ends up being a streamlined, simple look and easy for kids to read!
Steph will be putting these labels on the front of her barred instruments. Each will have a French label and an English label. She printed on various coloured paper, indicating the language and whether the instrument is soprano, alto or bass. Another option is printing on different colours to indicate metal vs. wood instruments.
Click below to download the FREE barred instrument labels that we created! Included are a French version, as well as an English version.
Hope you enjoy them! Please let us know what you think by commenting below!
The school year is starting very soon for us! The beginning of the year is an essential time for building relationships and creating a safe classroom environment for making music. Games are great ways to connect with students, creating a fun space where students can look forward to learning!
This is a good game for getting to know others in a group!
Students from Kindergarten to grade 6 LOVE this game! It is a great opportunity for reviewing safe ways to quickly move around the room, it builds teamwork and it develops aural skills.
CLICK BELOW FOR FREE GAME POSTERS!
What are you doing to start your school year? We would love to hear all about it!
We have been working on our new logo, a book design and our overall "look" for the past several weeks and we are so excited to release our official logo today!
We wanted to capture the essence of Soundscape Music and we think that we have done that! We feel our logo is professional, playful, and of course musical. Let us know what you think!
Sean and Steph
Welcome! Soundscape Music provides creative resources and workshops for elementary music teachers. Here on our blog you will find sneak peeks, new ideas and updates regarding our workshops!