1. What do you think was the favorite part of your lesson for the class?
My favorite part of the lesson was when we played the instruments for the students. They were very interested in seeing them up close and hearing how they sound. It helped them understand the concept of timbre and high and low sounds visually. They also enjoyed hearing the different sounds the flute and horn can make.
- Greet students
- Discuss low and high sounds (piccolo and tuba)
- Explain with instruments (flute and horn)
- Introduce and play “Name That Student” game
- Explain the concept of Timbre as shown in the game
- Have students cover their eyes and guess which instrument is playing
- Answer questions
- Thank teacher for allowing opportunity
2. What is one thing you would do differently if you taught the lesson again?
I would add a song to go along with high and low sounds to get them even more engaged. They enjoyed the game but getting them to move even more would help. A song with movements would help to reinforce the concepts in the lesson.
- Campbell, P. S. Eurhythmics, aural training and creative thinking: the Dalcroze pedagogy for children. The Eclectic Curriculum in Music Education, 43-50.
- In Eurhythmics, Aural Training and Creative Thinking: The Dalcroze Pedagogy for Children by Campbell, the author explains the Dalcroze method and the importance of movement with music.
- Use Dalcroze solfege for aural training, mostly a fixed “do” system
- Improvisation and creating their own music is an integral part of children’s’ musical understanding
- Eurhythmics helps in developing the muscular mechanics for playing instruments
- Some useful instruments for the classroom are: any percussion, Orff keyboards or xylophones, recorders, and even guitars
- Movement is used to develop inner hearing or “rhythmic singing”
- This article was very helpful toward my understanding of the Dalcroze method. The three aspects of this method are eurhythmics, aural training, and improvisation. I had no idea just how important movement is in a child’s musical understanding. It helps them with their inner ear, and even an internal sense of rhythm. Using their creative side is helpful as well. It seems that without much use of improve or creativity, they will have a harder time grasping concepts in music. I plan to have them use as much creativity in lessons that will allow them to reach their fullest potential and understand what music is and what it is all about.
- “Dalcroze belived that children are musical when they possess an ensemble of physical and spiritual resources and capacities, comprising on the one hand, ear, voice, and consciousness of sound, and on the other hand, the whole body, and the consciousness of bodily rhythm.” (43)
“His mission was to develop a comprehensive musicianship that could be presented to professional and student musicians of every age and level of experience” (50)
This is a simple recorder song for kids that is great for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday! It features an easy melody within a few note range that is easy learn. Who doesn’t like the food and even singing about it!
TurkeyTime – link to Word Document
“I See the Moon” Lyrics:
I see the moon and the moon see me,
Shining through the leaves of the old oak tree.
Oh, let the light that shines on me,
Shine on the one I love.
“Moonlight Sonata” – Beethoven
Make cutouts for each moon phase while listening
“Bad Moon Rising” – Credence Clearwater Revival
Do you ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?