In second grade music, we have started each class with our current grade song, “Jump Jim Joe”, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to begin by singing and moving with each other, and then transition to our line spots to begin the lesson.
We have begun transferring the Solfege pitches that they already know from 1st grade (Sol, Mi, and La), onto letter names on the xylophone visual. We spent a lot of time last year cementing the concepts of the relationships between Sol and La (La is always one above Sol), and Sol and Mi (From Sol, you skip one down to find Mi). Now, we are transferring them into the letter names of the pitches (C,D,E,F,G,A,B). Students did a great job of looking at the xylophone visual, and being able to find the letter name of Mi or La from whatever I told them Sol was.
Other highlights of the last month have been reviewing our mallet technique on the barred instrument with a poem called, “One For the Money”. The students are so excited to get back onto the barred instruments and did a great job transferring the body percussion to playing instruments. We’ve also been using the song “Ha, Ha, This Away” to let students create their own unique way to keep the steady beat, and allow other students to follow them. We reviewed what kinds of motions show the steady beat, as opposed to motions that have no beat. We have revisited the folk song/game, “Charlie Over the Ocean”, this time the students quickly discovered that “high and low” were “sol and mi”. Their understanding of these pitches is solid, and shows me they are ready to add to their pitch set, which we will do this year.