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7M - Orff Activity 'Take 5'

Students from 7 Maroon performing the Orff activity 'Take 5'. Fabulous work, these 2 groups!

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Free Orff Sheet Music

Print and Download Free Orff Orchestrations (Arrangements) Sheet Music for the Elementary Music Classroom. Unlimited Prints. Format: PDF

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Mortimer (First Grade Orff Lesson)

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Welcome Back, Buchananites!

It's back to school time! Yay! I am so happy to see all of you again! I am looking forward to a fun school year with you! Here's what's up so far! Grades 4 & 5 (Rooms 13, 17 & 19) are starting the year with the song "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye. We began by watching a cover of the song by the group Walk of the Earth, where each member plays one part on the guitar. From left to right: Player 1: Uses the guitar as a percussion instrument Player 2: Plays the ostinato (a repeating pattern) which is actually just IIV to I chords Player 3: Plays the guitar melody Player 4: Plays the off-beat chords (on beats 2 & 4) Player 5: Plays accent chords Then we watched another version of the song: Gotye saw that so many people were doing covers of his song that he made a compilation video of a whole bunch of YouTube videos from around the world! Next week we will be learning to play this song on the Orff Instruments: From: http://musescore.com/user/24296/scores/49627 Grades 1/2/3 are learning the Tritsch Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss. We have coupled it with Deborah Ziolkoski's story and movement about the ringmaster and tightrope walker from Fun With Composers. We are learning about ABA form in music (same/different/same), and a little bit about the life of composer Johann Strauss. Here is a recording of it - ask your child to show you the story and movement! Did you know that the Tritsch Tratsch Polka is also used in the video game Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games? It can be found in the Synchronized Swimming section! Pretty cool, huh?

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Carol of the Bells for Orff (finally!!)

I've been avoiding writing this post because of the amount of time I thought it would take. I'm going to go out on a limb and hope you all will not mind the imperfections of this final product. Here is the list of things I was going to mention in more detail: 1. The arrangement is very close to the traditional SATB Carol of the Bells. 2. The Orff instruments I have do not have G#, which created a few issues. I chose to use piano to play the one important section that contained the note. There is another section that I am hoping doesn't sound too bad with a G natural. 3. The notation system I used was free online, and I had very little time to write it, so there are a few issues with it. Oh well! I hope to edit on a better notation system some other time. Ok! That's it! My fifth graders are loving it. I'll post a recording if I can. The one included here is a demo that I created on Garage Band. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6jBwrqnt9veTzZ5WjNNdi1oR0U/edit?usp=sharing http://collab2.hawthorn73.org/users/campbellb/weblog/dd517/Carol_of_the_Bells_DEMO.html

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These are a few of my Favorite Pins - September 2013

I know I have mentioned how much I LOVE pinterest. I saw that Aileen Miracle from Mrs. Miracle's Music Room was hosting a linky party for our favorite pins and I thought I would join in the fun! 1. "The Mountain Story" This pin: led me to a fantastic blog by Allison Corbin named Mallets & Music. To help her students remember which end of the Orff instruments is high and which is low, she tells a story of a mountain and an earthquake. Check out her blog for the full story! Mountain after earthquake 2. Movement to Nursery Rhymes This pin led me to lots of great ideas for incorporating movement with nursery rhymes. My favorite was having foam puzzle pieces connected to make a "clock on the floor" for Hickory Dickory Dock. The students can take turns being the mouse, running up and down the clock while the kids chant. A lot of these ideas would be fun for a collaboration day between music and PE. 3. Organization and decoration ideas This gorgeous classroom belongs to Cara at Miscellaneous Me. If you are looking for ways to make your room super cute and functional, check out her blog post! 4. TPT Product This bundled set of "I Can" statements by Aileen Miracle has been such a life saver for me this year. All of the objectives are written in kid friendly "I can" language and include cards for both preparing an element (without naming the element) and practicing elements. My principal was very happy to see these in my room and I think it is great for kids to see and label what they are doing. 5. Inspirational I saw this pin the night after my History and Philosophy of Music Ed class had a group discussion on whether or not the kind of music we listens to has an impact on our character. What do you think? Does listening to and performing good music make your a better person? Does listening to "bad" music or music with obscene language make you a bad person? What were your favorite pins of September? Link up by clicking on the picture at the top of the blog post. Don't miss out on my Monday Music Manipulatives link up tomorrow! Get your blog post ready!

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It's been a while since I posted anything that you can take right to your classroom. Here's a new one that you can use right away - well...with a little work on your part. The song "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2" by Parrell Williams is a very catchy tune. I feel it's a great teaching piece for many reasons. For one, it's a catchy, popular tune with lyrics you can actually play in the classroom! Another reason I like it for teaching is that it illustrates a very important concept when learning music. So often we tell students "major" songs sound "happy" and "minor" songs sound "sad." Well...here is an example that flies in the face of that logic. When you hear this song you can't help but feel "happy" even though it's actually in the key of F minor! First: BUY THE SONG. Please don't use a free service to play the song. It's available from most music services of your choice (Amazon, iTunes, etc.). Now, if you have a plethora of instruments at your disposal with a full compliment of chromatic notes, then by all means, transpose what I've provided here and use it as-is with the original. Most folks with Orff instruments are limited with the only accidentals available being F-sharps and B-flats. For this reason, I needed to transpose this song down a half step to E minor. Not to mention my fourth graders do not have any idea of how to play A-flat or B-flat on the recorder and I have no desire to confuse what we've already started by teaching those pitches. The way I have it here fits beautifully with the fact that my fourth grade students have just learned the pitch E, so this will be excellent (and fun) practice. "But...how do I get the recording in the correct key?" you may ask. There are options. I transposed mine with a program that I love called "Wavepad." Transposing it down took a little trial and error (it goes by percentage rather than actual pitch or half steps - 94% did the trick) and yes, the result sounds slightly different than the original - but as I find myself saying so often when I have to make do "It's close enough for this side of town!" They do have a free version available here: Click here. Another option that many music teachers like is to use Audacity. You can download Audacity completely free here. To get you going on how to transpose music with Audacity there are several resources available on the Internet. Simply Google "transpose with Audacity" and you should be well on your way if you need help figuring that task out. So here's the play-along notation for the transposed version in E minor. If you have instruments at your disposal with lower pitches (for example, I have some of the bass Joia tubes) I recommend changing the pitch B in the bass xylophone part an octave lower - but that's just a personal preference. The unpitched percussion part can be anything you have - sticks, hand drums, tambourines, etc. The alto xylophone part also provides a great opportunity to teach the famed "syncopa" rhythm pattern in the second measure. The ostinati laid out here can be played throughout and the wonderful thing about the original recording is that it gives you a nice set-up count-off at the beginning. Enjoy and...be HAPPY!

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Ultimate Orff Winter Celebrations (Book & CD Pack

Buy Ultimate Orff Winter Celebrations (Book & CD Pack at jwpepper.com. Whether you are just beginning to acquire Orff instruments for your classroom o

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daydreaming / a playlist for carefree summer days / spotify: campbell fauber 🍃😌🌻✨

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