Music Activities you can do at home (scroll down to find your grade level):
Teach your family how to play a game of Minister’s Cat. Teach them the basic rules, then make up your own. Here is a video of a different version you could try: The Minister’s Cat Alphabetical.
If you have a recorder at home, go to this YouTube channel to play along with the recorder songs we play in class: Recorder Songs Playlist.
If you don’t have a recorder, you can still sing the songs in the above playlist like we do in class. Start by singing the words and then sing it with solfege syllables only: Do, Re, Mi etc. Then try and sing it with pitch names only: B, A, G etc.
Parents: here is a link to the recorder we use at school if you want to purchase one: Yamaha YRS-23Y Soprano . Any soprano style recorder will work.
Name That Note Game: you can learn the pitch names on the treble clef with this online game here: Name That Note Game.
If you have a guitar at home, you can practice with the following links:
GUITAR INSTRUCTION VIDEOS: This link will take you to a folder of guitar instruction videos I created. Some you have seen; some are new.
GUITAR METHOD BOOK: This link will take you to a folder of all the pages in our guitar method book. You’ll find songs like Sweet Home Chicago, Hound Dog, etc.
GUITAR AUDIO FILES: This link will take you to a folder of some of the songs in the book so you can play along: NOTE: they may be faster than you are used to. If you don’t have a guitar at home use this link to sing along!
Here is a link to the guitar we use at Fairmount Park: Yamaha JR1 Mini Folk Guitar (3/4 size). You can also ask family, friends and neighbors if they have an acoustic guitar at home not being used.
I wish Garageband were a free app you can use at home, but it’s only available for Apple/Mac computers and iPad. But I hope you will check out https://www.noteflight.com/. You can have your parents help you set up a free account (requires an email of someone age 13 years or older) and start creating musical scores.
CHALLENGE ASSIGNMENT: See if you can create The Fairmount Park School Song using Noteflight. Here is a link to get you started:
FAIRMOUNT PARK SCHOOL SONG.
Start with the pitches: D, M, F, (clap, clap) S, T, D (clap, clap).
Then add the correct rhythm (use my example to help you).
Extra points: if you figure out how to add lyrics.
Extra Extra points: if you figure out how to make a different instruments play.
Extra Extra EXTRA points: If you figure out how to export and email your finished song to me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNLIMITED POINTS: create your own song and email it to me.
At Fairmount Park, students in second through fifth grade are taught using Conversational Solfege by *John Feierabend.
Conversational Solfege is a dynamic and captivating general music program that enables students to become independent musical thinkers with the help of a rich variety of folk and classical music.
With the Conversational Solfege approach, music literacy starts with great literature and an “ear-before-eye” philosophy that correlates with the National Standards. Great songs are broken down into their component parts and then reassembled so that students can bring greater musical understanding to everything they do.
The ultimate goal is to create fully engaged, independent musicians who can hear, understand, read, write, compose, and improvise.
This 12-step teaching method carefully brings students from readiness to, ultimately, creating music through inner hearing and then transferring their musical thoughts into notation—in other words, to compose music!
*Dr. John Feierabend is considered one of the leading authorities on music and movement development in childhood. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music Education at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford and is a past President of the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
Dr. Feierabend’s teaching has provided thousands of teachers and their students with the materials and techniques to help build community through music by evoking enthusiastic participation of all people. To that end his approach strives for all people to become tuneful, beatful and artful through research based and developmentally appropriate pedagogies while promoting the use of quality literature.