Kahoot! – Recognizing notes on the Piano Keyboard

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I’ve been feeling under the weather lately with a wisdom toothache and it is most unpleasant as I find it hard to concentrate and eat. That’s why I haven’t been posting up anything new lately.

Thank God for his blessings, I am feeling much better. So, I would like to share about what I’m doing to improve my students’ knowledge on recognising notes on the piano keyboard. Since the beginning of the semester, I have been quite limited by the time and materials that I can use for my Secondary Music lessons. I knew that Kahoot was a good platform to use as an interactive lesson strategy but in the past month, I realised it’s full potential when I explored more. You can create lessons with your Kahoot by putting in videos or flip classroom style. I have so much good things to tell about Kahoot and I felt that the only downside of it is that you need two devices at a time to use Kahoot. I guess that can be easily overcome as most people have more than one device nowadays. It works well on computers, Androids and even Apple devices.

My Year 7s have trouble learning about the piano keyboard and staff lately. I partially blame myself for it but they really liked Kahoot when I first introduced it. So I tried my hand on creating a Kahoot lesson on this topic.

Kahoot link: Recognizing notes on the piano Keyboard

Below is a preview of how my Kahoot looks like.

Please give it a try! Feedbacks are always great!

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Beats and Rhythm 

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Teaching beats and rhythm is every music teacher’s business.

It has never been easy for me to teach these concepts to young children. Hence, when I came across this site, it was tonnes of help!

My pre-school students seem to understand the difference now that I showed them videos of a ticking clock or beating heart. The following Google Slide has a summary of how I conduct the class the materials I taken from the reference site and also videos of a ticking clock and beating heart.

Nonetheless, getting them to actually perform beat and rhythm accurately will take sometime. The next step I’ll take is to use my printables (rainraingoaway-beatandrhythm3) and get the students to point the beat and rhythm.

Would be glad if there are other easier methods to teach the young ones.

Ayak-ayak: A modern take on traditional music #gamelan

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I I’m bringing back a lot of old arrangements into the open now. When I was studying my music degree, I had the privilege of playing Gamelan music. They are really intriguing instruments and its music simple as it maybe, it’s also most wonderful.

For a contemporary music class assignment, I take joy in arranging music for all kinds of instruments. Then, I decided to take the music we learned in Gamelan class and transformed its melody into a different style – jazz, which was pretty much what I was studying as part of my major.

At that time, we had really limited instruments and skills. We had to employ the use of keyboards and pianos. The name of the Gamelan music is “Ayak-ayak” and to be honest, I do not know its meaning either!

If you have interest in trying this arrangement, please do leave me a comment!

Below is a Gamelan sample of Ayak-Ayak:

Recorder exercises for different meters

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I created this set of recorder exercises a couple of years back.

It challenges the students to play in different meter/time signature. At the same time, it trains them to read notes and also try different pitches especially B-flat. The exercises comprises of notes from F to high D. Not very difficult but it may be rhythmically challenging.

Feedback is much welcomed!

Click below to download pdf: reading-and-playing-rhythm-on-recorder

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Note Value Song

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It was more than 3 years ago that I penned this song for my students to learn about note values. As simple and cheesy as it seems, I’m pretty sure they remembered the concept well. Feedback would be great!

Click below to download pdf:

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Humpty Dumpty

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Very often when I look for suitable material to use in my Music lessons, I find myself struggling to understand why there are people writing such complex melodies for little children to sing. Even a simple nursery like Humpty Dumpty can get really messed up.

So I decided that such a simple task surely can be done by me.

Here’s my take on this age old rhyme: humpty-dumpty (download pdf)

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CPD 12th and 13th Jan 16 

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12th Jan 16 

During the first session, we revised our understanding about inquiry in PYP. We discussed about the role of teachers and students in the inquiry classroom . After that, we created a checklist which would help teachers to identify inquiry characteristics in teachers and students. Apart from that, we also discussed how the inquiry classroom should look like. 

For the second session, everyone were separated into their respective teams e.g. science, English, maths, music, visual arts. I skyped with my counterparts and our team leader Ms Elisa showed us how inquiry can be conducted in the music classroom. Eventually, she demo a mock lesson for a Grade 5 lesson using in the learning cycle. 

Subsequently other teachers also presented their mock lesson by assigned grades. 

At the end of the day, I prepared a mock lesson for the Pyp team on the next day. 
13th Jan 16

First session today we revised our understanding about integration in transdisciplinary inquiry. For one of the activities we suggested activities that can be carried out for a sample central idea. Homeroom teachers were grouped among themselves whereas subject specialist were all in one group. 

  
Each group presented their ideas and content. The other groups listening gave their feedback and even asked questions about the presented content. 

Subsequent session was spent on conducting mock lesson with inquiry elements. The subjects presented were English, maths, science, social studies, music and PSPE. 

   
    
 
Above are Y charts created by the teachers for the music mock lesson. They were given a video to observe and the graphic organizer consists of their findings. 

During these mock lessons, each group were provided with a peer assessment form to fill in. It consists of commendation and recommendations for the teachers whom presented their lesson. I was glad to receive some comments as now I know the strength and weakness of my lesson. This gives me motivation to improve. I now know that I have to conduct prior knowledge on my students before introducing a completely new or unheard topic.