The ukulele has always been one of my favorite instruments. It’s small, easily portable, it has soft strings, it’s easy to learn, and it has a beautiful, sweet sound. Artsphere students learned where ukuleles come from (Hawaii), the different parts of a ukulele (body, neck, frets, strings), the names of the strings (G, C, E, A), and everyone got a chance to play it. We learned C chords and F chords, and took turns singing favorite songs, such as “Wheels on the Bus” and the ABC song. It’s so fun watching students channel their inner rock stars on this beautiful instrument!
On Tuesday at Fishtown Recreation Center, we learned about the oboe, and the difference between high sounds and low sounds on an instrument. The oboe is a woodwind instrument played … Continue reading Highs and Lows with the Oboe
Reading is always more fun if you can sing the book! We had a lot of fun with our “Starry Night” lesson at Fishtown Recreation this semester. The students learned … Continue reading Singing & Reading
Rhythm can be a very abstract concept to grasp, especially for young students. When teaching students new rhythms, mnemonic devices can be very useful. The easier to remember the better. … Continue reading Rhythmic Fruit
One of the first lessons I like to do with pre-schoolers is teaching about the families of instruments. I try to use instruments that the students likely already know as … Continue reading Instrument Families
This is a list of Vocabulary words the Pre-School students have learned over the course of the Fall semester at Fishtown Recreation Center: Rhythm – patterns found in the duration, … Continue reading Pre-School Music Vocabulary
Students at Cione Recreation Center are rock stars! They started creating their own guitars with Styrofoam and construction paper. I had drawn and cut the guitar shapes out of recycled … Continue reading Rock N’ Roll!
At the beginning of every session with the preschoolers at Fishtown Recreation Center I always start with a movement activity. Movement routines are one of the best ways to start … Continue reading Movement and Meditation
Last week, at both Cione and Towey Rec Centers, I asked the students, “Who knows what a treble clef is? What about a bass clef?” No hands were raised. I … Continue reading Treble Clefs & Bass Clefs
Last Tuesday at Cione Recreation Center, we had a blast learning about our breath. We started the class sitting in a circle, and all “OM’d” together. “OM” is a Sanskrit … Continue reading Meditation, Freezedance, & Ukulele