We have been playing with bringing the story of "Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance" to life by layering in ostinatos to a backbeat underneath student rappers. Each class created an 8 beat melody that was to be added to our production. The class voted on the ostinato that they wanted to represent their classroom. They really impressed me with their enthusiasm and ability. This week we have switched gears and are diving in full force with our melody unit. Students will take a diagnostic assessment and experiment with melodic direction on the barred instruments with the song "We Willie Winkie". Their favorite parts are the glissando and the gong!
We would like to take a second to recognize and thank our inspiration for the Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance lesson and Orff activities at www.bethsmusicnotes.blogspot.com and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5RQ0hl4E-0&list=FL_ft9jSWg7TBbhJ2GQtlyFg&index=8
We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break and look forward to picking up where we left off when we return!