Beethoven’s Wig and more fun with Beethoven

Ludwig von Beethoven is one of the most important composers of the Classical period.

“Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany. His father, who was a singer, was his first teacher. After a while, even though he was still only a boy, Ludwig became a traveling performer, and soon, he was supporting his family.

In his early twenties, Beethoven moved to Vienna, where he spent the rest of his life. Beethoven was one of the first composers to make a living without being employed by the church or a member of the nobility. At first, he was known as a brilliant pianist. But when he was around 30 years old, Beethoven started going deaf. Even though he could no longer hear well enough to play the piano, Beethoven composed some of his best music after he was deaf!

Beethoven is considered one of the greatest musical geniuses who ever lived. He may be most famous for his nine symphonies, but he also wrote many other kinds of music: chamber and choral music, piano music and string quartets, and an opera.”~ Classicsforkids.com

Check out more information at Classicsforkids.com: https://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=7

Beethoven’s Wig is music and video series created to help bring humor to such dry subjects of composers and classical music.

 

Here are some links to the fun videos that watch and laugh with in music class:

 

 

Soap and Water Song

Good Morning WGES Musicians!

It is so important that we wash our hands right now to help keep our families safe and healthy. 

Here is a fun song to sing  and wash your hands to with your families!

It reminds me of a pop song….

Can you guess which pop song this was created from?

MusicPlayonline Resource

Good Morning from home!

One of the music curriculum resources we use here at WGES in our elementary music room is MusicPlay!

The company has provided a FREE LOGIN for students to learn, play games, and have fun with music from home. It works best from a computer, but a tablet will work as well.  Have fun with music as much as you can! 

 

Click this LINK to access MusicPlay Online resources: https://musicplayonline.com/

The username for FREE student access only is snow and the password is 2020. 

Spooky Stories in Music

During the month of October, our music classes will be exploring how music is used to tell stories. 

UPK and Kindergarten will explore the stories of the Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Old Lady that Swallowed a Fly, and Max found two Sticks. We will be moving to the steady beat, counting songs, and learning how to play together in circle games and songs. 

First grades will be exploring Toy Story 4 identifying elements of friendship through singing and instrument playing. We will also be exploring spooky stories and learning different circle games around the fall themes of spiders, pumpkins, and broomsticks. We will spend time learning how to create a sound story using percussion instruments. 

Second Grades will be given choices of friendship exploration in stories or finding spooky themes in music.  They will be introduced to opera through the story of Hansel and Gretel as well as practicing composing with rhythmic patterns that can be turned into spooky sound stories. 

Third and fourth grades will also explore opera through Hansel and Gretel as well other Halloween favorites like Danse Macabre, Night on Bald Mountain, and In the Hall of The Mountain King. Students will work in small groups practicing collaboration as they create rhythmic and melodic patterns that can be used to enhance storytelling.

Click the link to learn more about Opera: Hansel and Gretel Opera Interactive

 

Drum Dream Girl

The next couple of weeks our music classes will explore percussion music written to celebrate a great percussionist, Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who was the first woman drummer on the island of Cuba.  

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle is an award winning book about a little girl who dreamed of playing drums in a time when girls were not allowed. 

Students will explore her story and layered percussion music to connect history with cultures around the Americas and the emergence of Jazz music in America.  Students will experience syncopated rhythms and begin to use different rhythmic patterns to create their own drum songs. 

 

Autumn in the Music Room

In September, our music classes will explore the use of rhythm using hand drums from several different cultures around the world. and bucket drumming. We will learn and play patterns on:

  • A set of African hand drums including congas and djembe drums
  • A set of Native American Buffalo hand drums
  • Cajon drums from Mexico
  • Hand percussion instruments from South America and Indonesia
  • Bucket drums

 

After we review our rhythm knowledge, we will explore reading and creating music using classroom xylophones, hand percussion, Boomwhackers, keyboards, ukuleles, and guitars.