November 29, 2017 - mini maestros
Performance: Quarter Rest
Miles Davis was famous for saying “play the rest.” In this lesson, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
A rest is an absence of musical sound, or simply put, “Shh.”
Having children “play the rest” is a really great way to keep on practicing their sense of the beat. In the last weeks, we talked a lot about beat and rhythm, and playing a combination of notes and rests is a great way to expand on keeping a beat.
The “Shh” motion also helps make it clear what is going on as well. You don’t want them to “stop playing” as much as “wait to play” or “wait for the next note.”
We played a whole song of C's and Rests on our instruments.
Repertoire: Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals - March of the Lions
Music can sometime imitate animals - just like the trombone could sound like a cow or the flute like a bird - this song sounds like a march of royal lions.
While listening to the March and other movements from the Carnival of the Animals, we colored pictures of lions by identifying the quarter notes, half notes, and rests.
I've posted videos for both the Lions movement of Carnival of the Animals and the whole work.
We spoke today about the instruments that you hit and bang - percussion!
Since it was the last class, all students received their official Maestro Baton. They were told these are very special and only used for conducting music - fast, slow, loud, soft.
Here's a link to some Holiday music kids can play with their color stickers on the piano, xylophone, or other instrument.