In this lesson, taken from the Silver-Burdett Making Music, kindergarten book (unit 6, lesson 4, page T150.) students are introduced to actual music notation. The lesson begins by learning a song about a little snail and identifying the number of snails (notes) on each leaf (beats). The students eventually will see notes written over the snails, and then the notation by itself. The song is a Hebrew song, and the CD included with the book has both an English and Hebrew version. This is the last of the 5 beat, rhythm, and notation lessons I created for Kindergarten. Most of them have some multicultural feel to it. The PowerPoint I designed myself. Feel free to use.
K – Lesson 5 – Snails on a beat (lesson)
K – Snails on the Beat (PowerPoint)
Kindergarten Lessons on Tempo, Beat, Rhythm, and Notation:
1. Get on Board
2. Grinding Corn
3. Spider Beat
4. Little Bear’s Beat
5. Snails on the Beat
About Lady Fair
Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family.
If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music."
Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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