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Ms.Murray Optional Music Lesson #1
Lots of Music Links!
Tone Matrix– Create songs using repeating patterns and share with friends. This was created using a mathematical sequence and can help you understand how chords work. This works on computers only.
Chrome Music Lab– Explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs. You can play with these experiments across devices – phones, tablets, laptops – just by opening the site on a web browser such as Chrome.
Rhythm Trainer– The Rhythm Trainer is a free, Flash-based program for learning and practicing rhythm.
There are two types of exercises: A Mode, where you click in the rhythm you hear, or B Mode, where you see a rhythm and choose the sound that matches.
Rhythm Writer – Create your own rhythm or hit the randomizer. It will play it back, and you can check your rhythm.
Quaver Music-Create a student account using your classroom code and gain access to interactive music composition tools, games, sing-alongs, tutorials, and stories! Instructions on how to set up accounts are shown to the right
Mrs.Harmony, Mrs. Alexis, & Ms. Lydia’s class code- PPKFW
Mrs. S class code- ECCHR
Mrs. Carol class code-7H3QB
Mr.Shultz class code-LR2BJ
Mrs. Rauwolf class code-PGUPL
Mrs. Hall class code-833SC
Ms. Wagner class code-XNMXS
Ketchikan School District code- DHLND
Note Naming Games!
Whack-A-Note: How fast can you identify these notes and beat this fair game?
Treble Note Rally: Can you win the car race by naming notes?
Missing Letter Game:
Fill in the missing note names to learn about the composer’s life.
How many notes can you name? Can you figure out the note names on ledger lines?
If you have a concert band instrument and brought your band book home, log in with your Username (InstrumentName) and Password (Thunderbird1) here to play your exercises along with professional musicians.
INSTRUMENTAL & VOCAL TUTORIALS!
YouTube Band, Ukulele, Piano, and Choir Fundamentals (Ms. Murray’s channel playlist)
Educational videos and song tutorials
Music Therapy, Stories, Singing and Curiosity!
YouTube Elementary Karaoke– (Ms. Murray’s channel playlist)
Relax by singing along to karaoke songs.
Your Classical–Classical MPR offers Classical Kids Music Lessons. Every day, a new, listening-based lesson is posted. Have some fun, learn something new, and introduce kids to the joys of classical music.
Classical Kids Story Time – has audio-books accompanied by classical music.
Piano Hunter –Learn about Polish composer Chopin and 5 of his famous compositions – listen and relax.
MakeyMakey –Free STEAM online learn and play activities for families, including live classes via Zoom on Tuesdays, starting next week.
Optional Exploration 1: Make a Kazoo
- Step 1: Gather the following materials:
Empty paper towel or toilet paper roll
Wax Paper or plastic wrap
- Step 2: Use scissors to cut out a square of wax paper, slightly bigger than the
opening of the empty paper towel or toilet paper roll opening.
- Step 3: Cover one end of the paper towel/toilet paper roll with the wax paper and
tightly secure it in place with the rubber band.
- Step 4: sing the sharpened pencil, carefully poke four holes in a line through
the paper towel/toilet paper roll. It doesn’t matter how far apart the holes
- Step 5: Place the open end of the kazoo up to your mouth and hum into the tube.
You can try saying “do” or “woo,” covering and uncovering 1 or more of
the 4 holes, and singing to create different sound effects.
- Step 6: Find out why this works!
When you hum into a kazoo, sound waves from your voice travel down the paper towel/toilet roll tube. Some of the waves hit the wall of the tube and bounce off, while others escape through the holes. The remaining sound waves vibrate the wax paper because it is light and thin.
- Step 7: Think about it!
What if you used a different material to cover the end of the kazoo, like paper, aluminum foil or cloth? Would that change the sound it makes? Try swapping out the material.
Step 8: Decorate your Kazoo!
Optional Exploration 2: Music and The Planets
These activities can be done at different times in the day or week.
- Step One:
Composer Gustav Holst wrote a collection of musical pieces called The Planets. He wrote music for each of these planets: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Talk, draw or write about what you think music would sound like for one of those planets and why.
- Step Two: Listen to “Mars, the Bringer of War,” by Gustav Holst [Click Link to Listen]
Does it sound different from what you expected Mars to sound like?
- Step Three: Think about what life might be like on Mars.
Say or write why people might need or want to live on other planets someday?
- Step Four: Design (on paper) and build your vision of a colony or settlement on Mars.
- Step five: Use LEGO, K’NEX, DUPLO or a collection of household items like cotton swabs, pipe cleaners or empty cereal boxes and tape to re-create your design.
- Step six: Show and Tell! Explain what is in your Mars colony or settlement.
- Step seven: The beginning of Holst’s “Mars” sounds a little like the music in a famous movie about outer space. Can you guess which movie?
- Step eight: Listen to the John Williams’ “The Imperial March” [Click Link to Listen]
- Step nine: Composer John Williams was inspired by Holst’s “Mars” when writing “The Imperial March” for Star Wars. Listen to the beginning of “Mars” and then “The Imperial March” and talk about how they are similar.
Optional Exploration 3: Make a Pocket Kalimba
Kalimbas are a traditional folk instrument from Western African which uses metal of varying lengths to make different pitches. Pocket kalimbas can be made in minutes.
- Step 1: Gather the following materials:
2 pieces of cardboard (1″ x 1″)
3 Bobby pins
2 Rubber bands
- Step 2: Clip each bobby pin onto one 1″ x 1″ piece of cardboard.
- Step 3: Place the second 1” x 1” piece of cardboard on the bottom and secure each side with rubber bands. Like this (but with 3 bobby pins):
- Step 4: Unbend the bobby pins like this.
- Step 5: Pluck the bobby pins and notice how the pitch changes depending on the placement of the bobby pin.