Well, we have made it to the last week of April. I hope that this rain goes away, and the sun starts to come out real soon!
The first video I have to share with you comes from all the way back in 1940. That year, Walt Disney produced one of his most famous movies of all time, Fantasia. Believe it or not, at this time in history, Mickey Mouse was actually declining in popularity, so Walt Disney was trying to create a film that would help revive him. In the movie Fantasia, we hear eight pieces of classical music and animated stories to accompany each one of them. One of the most memorable parts of this movie was a piece that featured Mickey Mouse, called The Sorcerer’s Apprentice written by Paul Dukas. In 2000, Fantasia was remade using new music but this piece was the only piece that appeared in both the 1940 and 2000 versions. Click here to watch the video. In the video, did you notice how a lot of the action seemed to match the music? Have you ever listened to music while you did work? Does it seem to make the time go faster?
Two of the instruments that are featured in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice are the bassoon and contrabassoon. Check out this video of the bassoon section of the Minnesota Orchestra. The musicians are talking about some of the meaning behind The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and then they play their part from the piece. Do you recognize it? Isn’t the sound of the bassoon and contrabassoon awesome?!?
URL 1 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/3Xo9
URL 2 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/xfp9
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Seven Jumps - Folk Dance
This is good for dancers of all ages!
Here is a dance that you can actually do by yourself in your living room! Make sure you watch the instruction video first and then move on to the actual performance. Huge thanks for Lisa Lohr for making these wonderful videos for so many students!
Good Morning and Happy Monday to all of you! I hope that everyone is staying healthy and finding some new way to enjoy this unexpected time with those closest to you. No one could have predicted all that we are going through. Stay strong and remember to smile each day!
Today I am linking to a bunch of performances that I believe are “mood boosters!” There are different styles of music included here. Do you have a favorite? Is there something there that you don’t like? See if you can name a few reasons why you like or dislike these different types of performances rather than just saying, “I like this” or “I don’t like this.” Click read more to see the whole post!
Hi to all of my Wing kiddos! Here are three more videos for you to watch. Two of them are Move-Its and one is finger plays! I hope that you enjoy playing and moving along with me. If you have videos of you doing any of these activities or even better, if you have videos of your PARENTS doing them, I'd love to see them! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag me on Twitter @CRESMusic. Have fun!
Mini Lesson 2 - Move It (finally done having the argument and it works now!)
Mini Lesson 5 - fingerplays
Mini Lesson 6 - Move It
And as always, here are the links to the Spring Sing Along Music!
Kindergarten Spring Sing Along Songs
First Grade Spring Sing Along Songs
Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope that all who celebrated Easter and Passover were able to enjoy your celebrations with those closest to you.
This week, I thought that we would look at the Brass Family! Here are a few videos that I enjoy watching. The first video shows how people make sounds on the Brass instruments and the second video shows some members of the Brass family. These musicians you see in this video belong to a Symphony Orchestra – an ensemble that has all 4 families of instruments! What do you think of this family? They are similar to the Woodwind family because you need to blow air into the instrument, but not exactly the same. What are some of the differences?
URL 1 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/WDF5
URL 2 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/GMF5
Speaking of instruments – here is a video that shows off a lot of cool instruments that you might never have heard of before! How many did you recognize? How many were brand new?
URL - https://safeYouTube.net/w/vQF5
Camille Saint-Saens was a very famous composer that lived in France from 1835-1921. He wrote a lot of music but one his most famous pieces is a piece called “Carnival of the Animals,” which he wrote in 1886. This composition has 14 different sections (musicians call them movements) in it, each devoted to a different animal. What do you think? Do you think that the way he changed the music for each movement reflects the characteristics of the different animals? One very interesting thing is that Saint-Saens just wrote this piece for fun and didn’t want it played in public until after he died! This piece is quite long but amazing. I hope you enjoy it!
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/fCE4
Jazz music is wonderful for many reasons but one of the ones that I love the most is scat singing! Scat singing is when the singers make up the music on the spot without using real words. When musicians make music up on the spot without practicing, they call this “improvising.” Here is a clip of two very famous American musicians, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme demonstrating their scatting ability at the podium of an awards show!
Mel Torme wrote the music for “A Christmas Song.” Here is another clip of “A Christmas Song” but this time Mel Torme is performing it as a duet with Judy Garland. Judy Garland played the role of Dorothy in the original Wizard of Oz!
Ella Fitzgerald was a very famous Jazz singer and was the first African-American woman to win a Grammy award. Sometimes, musicians never know what is going to get them noticed – one of Ella Fitzgerald’s first big breaks came when she performed a children’s rhyme, called “A Tisket-A Tasket!” One of her most famous songs was “And All That Jazz!”
What do you think of these musicians? Do you like the style of Jazz and Scat singing?
URL 1 - https://safeyoutube.net/w/2ew3
URL 2 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/KiG5
URL 3 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/6lG5
URL 4 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/bqG5
URL 5 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/hvG5
URL 6 - https://safeYouTube.net/w/WxG5
In our classroom, we use a lot of “body percussion.” Music and sounds that we can make with just our bodies: clapping, snapping, patting, stamping. Here is a video of professional musicians making music with just body percussion. For the third, fourth, and fifth graders – did you notice any spots where they were performing in canon? “Two or more groups, do the same thing, but start at different times?”
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/RfR3
Finally, since I have been sharing a “Piano Guys” video each week, here is one for this week. Since we have talked so much about Jazz this week, I thought this video would be appropriate. The Piano Guys were giving a concert at a college and invited a student up on stage to improvise on the piano. Do you remember what that means? It means, he didn’t get to practice ahead of time. He just went on stage and started making music. Would you be nervous to do that?
URL - https://safeYouTube.net/w/36G5
I wish you nothing but the best this week. Reach out and say hi if you haven’t already by emailing me at email@example.com. Hopefully, you and your family are staying safe and healthy! I can’t wait to get back to school! “For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” ― Lois Lowry
Mr. Baur :)
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. This is so hard. It's hard to be away from school and away from all of the people, places, and activities that we are used to doing. Hang in there - this won't last forever!
Last week, we watched a video on John Williams, a famous film composer. This week, I have a challenge for you. Can you name the kids movie by listening to a piece of music from that movie? Here is the video!
URL - https://safeYouTube.net/w/FO64
We also looked at the instruments in the Percussion and String families. This week, I thought we could look at the Woodwind Family. Which one is your favorite? What do they all have in common? Did anyone in your family play a woodwind instrument growing up? Check out the video here!
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/caS2
On April 1, the world celebrated the birthday of an amazing singer, Alberta Hunter, who was born all the way back in 1895 and became a very famous blues and cabaret singer! Here is a video of her singing back in 1982 when she was 87 years old!! Do you like her style of music? How is it different than the music that you listen to today?
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/MoS2
Check out this video of a children’s honor choir performing a song called “Jambo!” in 2019. What language do you think you hear? What do you think “Jambo” means? Why do you think that? Are there any words that you recognize (perhaps from a Disney movie)?
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/ohS2
In another completely different style of music, here is a piece of piano music written by Clara Schumann. She was sometimes known as the “Queen of the piano.” What do you think of it? What activity might this music fit well with? Exercising? Doing homework? Reading? Studying? I found a really cool video that gives you a little history of Clara – it's not too boring, I promise!
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/tqS2
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/QqS2
I really love the group called The Piano Guys. I linked a video of theirs last week and I wanted to share another one this week. Check out Steve’s awesome white electric cello in this video – it has 5 strings! Most cellos only have 4. Why do you think it has 5? What possible reason would there be? Check out the video here!
URL - https://safeyoutube.net/w/sp74
What do you remember from last week?
Can you remember the names of 6 instruments from the Percussion Family and 6 instruments from the String Family?
What was the Elvis Presley song that I showed to you last week?
Did you get to do this activity last week? If not, I would love for you to do it this week!
Finally, one of the things I love most about music is that it can help bring you joy and provide me with a sense of hope and optimism that everything is going to be ok. In fact, one of the songs that I have been listening to a lot recently is “It’s Gonna be Okay” by The Piano Guys. Do you have a favorite song that you like to listen to that makes you feel happy? What about an adult that you live with? Ask them what their favorite song to listen to when they need cheering up. See if they will listen to it with you! I would love to know what your and your parent’s favorite feel good/cheer you up song is. If you feel like sharing, please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and include the name of both your and your parents’ feel good song and even a YouTube link if you have it. I would love to listen to them! Click here for The Piano Guys’ - “It's Gonna Be Okay”
URL - https://watchkin.com/5efc0aeb51
I know we weren’t planning on working this week – but then again, none of us planned for anything that we have experienced in the last month. Take time to breathe. Go outside and enjoy the fresh air – the weather is really starting to get nice.
Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic beyond all we do here!” - JK Rowling
Mr. Baur :)
Hi Mrs. Katsch, Mrs. Haak, and Mrs. Johnson's class! I miss you so much! I hope you are able to view these videos and follow along with me as we do music class at home! If any of you get videos of your students participating, I would LOVE to see them. Either tweet them to me using @CRESMusic or email the video to me, email@example.com. Enjoy!
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