I teach general music to students in grades K-5 at a public elementary school in the Heights area of Billings, Montana. Due to space constraints within my school building, I do not have a separate music classroom. Instead I push my needed materials around on a cart and go into each individual classroom to teach music.
My students are eager to learn more about music and improve their skills as musicians.
They look forward to their music time each week and love making music with their singing voices and on instruments.
A crucial learning target in general music class is understanding how melody moves. This could be high and low pitches or even scalar movement (do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do). To more effectively teach melodic concepts to students in primary grades, it is important for them to recreate the melodic movement with their bodies, use music manipulatives like ribbons or scarves, or even play instruments like step bells or boomwhackers.
Students absolutely love waving scarves or ribbons and playing instruments.
These tools may be used to effectively reinforce melodic movement while creating an enjoyable learning environment for students in general music class. It's a win-win situation!
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