Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Festival 2014

We had a SPOOKTACULAR time at our Halloween Festival this year!

Between performers we shared some funny Halloween jokes. 
I decided to dress up as a Jedi Music Teacher who fights Rhythm Wars with Boomwackers!

Our winners of the treat bag...

Guessing how much candy is in the jar...


Monday, October 6, 2014

September Group Lessons

Last month was our first official group lesson for the quarter. Because our theme is Reach Beyond the Stars I wanted to do some activities that were "Star Wars" based. Doesn't that sound fun?

First I wanted to prep our main rhythm activity so we reviewed quarters and eighth notes by rapping, clapping and music matching.

After we were pro's with our quarters and eighth the battle began! We played Rhythm Wars with boomwackers. Students entered the "ring" and were to hit the rhythm pattern correctly or they were out and the next person was to take over. (You can see a little of this activity "live" in the new studio video below...)

Then we concluded our group lessons by playing Music Jeopardy- The Staff Strikes Back and reviewed our notes on the staff.

We had a very fun time reviewing our rhythm and notes with a Star Wars theme. I finally was able to put together our 2014-2015 studio video together, which used these resources in addition to the resources I used at our Fall kickoff in August. (You can see Rhythm Wars in action!) Be sure to check it out below.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fall Kickoff 2014

Kicking off the new school year, our new theme this year was introduced...

Students will advance ranks with their practicing, earning badges and complete mission assignments. 
This year will be OUT OF THIS WORLD!

Upon arrival, students filled out their new Getting to Know You sheets for the year.

Keeping with tradition at fall kickoff students shared their practice prop projects! Practice projects represent practicing over the summer. Students can apply the time spent, goal accomplished or number of pieces learned to their project. 

(In no particular order...)


#1- Hailey was out of the country for most of the summer so just had a little time to practice before lessons started again. She drew a musical themed picture.

#2- Strider built a clay fort for his project, adding to it as he practiced over the summer. 

#3- Emma made a little dog stuffed animal.

#4- Thomas made a keychain 

#5- Rachel made a crayon art project. Each crayon represents her hard work learning pieces over the summer. 

#6- Alissa added soccer balls for the world cup representing the 18 pieces she learned this summer. 

#7- Kyra made a fish pond, adding rocks around it that represented her practicing.

#8- For each week/practice goal Zoe was able to accomplish, she earned a part of a princess outfit. (Dress, crown, necklace, shoes...) 

#9- Daniella created a homemade computer, adding to the keyboard with her practicing. 

#10- Mia built a lego type project building upon it when she practiced. 

#11- Kendell made a yummy treat for his project. The M&M designs on the cakes represented the songs he learned this summer. 

#12- Ireland collected "pet rocks" for each piece that she learned over the summer. 
(She named them all too!)

#13- Keely likes taking pictures so for every song she learned, she took a picture and shared those with us. Here is one with her dog...

#14- Rebecca made what ended up being a jump rope or a chinese jump rope when you connect it, adding rubber bands to it as she practiced. 

#15- Jason enjoys computer graphic design. This is a piano keyboard that he created. It was super close to being finished by fall kickoff! 

You will notice that several of these projects weren't quite finished and that is okay because learning to play the piano is never finished. It is a process we continue to work on and improve on each day!

After practice prop projects were shared, students decorated their music binders and if we had time played a space themed "joke" game that had them laughing and groaning.