For the past few weeks, students in second through fifth grade have been learning about a special type of musical texture called harmony. There are many ways to create harmony, such as melodic ostinatos, rounds, partner songs, and chords. This week, students in fourth and fifth grade learned how combining two different songs at the same time can create harmony in the form of partner songs. The students sang two familiar songs, "Hot Cross Buns" and "Bow Wow Wow," together at the same time. Then, after labeling the pitches with letter names, the students had a choice of which song to play on the xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels. Listen as Tuesday's fourth grade class, B2, plays these two songs together.
Snow, snow, go away! Another ice storm is coming, and school is already canceled today and tomorrow. After missing so many days, I decided I needed another way to stay in touch with my students and the community. So now, in addition to the blog, I also have a Twitter account! Follow me @msflinnmusic!
What a crazy week! On Tuesday afternoon, Atlanta was hit with a snow storm that basically shut down the whole city. The good news is that Findley Oaks students and staff all got home safe and sound. School was canceled for the rest of the week due to the snow and ice. Crazy! But, as the saying goes, "The show must go on!" On Thursday, I braved the snowy streets to head down to Savannah for the annual Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference. It is a huge 3-day meeting held every year for Music teachers throughout the to state get together and share their best ideas. I had a great time learning new games and activities for my students! Plus, check out who I ran into - my old pal, Mr. Quaver himself!! I was also fortunate enough to be a presenter this year. I presented with three other Fulton county music teachers about assessment, data, and differentiation in elementary music. Thank you to the many music teachers across Georgia who attended our session!