Adaptive Music - Enrichment
Hello Students and Families!
Welcome to May! Hoping everyone is safe and well at home!
This week's lesson is Musical Rhymes with some fun and familiar songs and some links to enjoy as well.
1) "Down By the Bay" by Raffi
This song is so much fun to sing and rhyme. You can be as silly as you want!
Here are some of our rhyming animals with sign language! Can you make any rhymes with these animal names?
Here's a link to our video of this song...using all of the animals listed above.
- Can you sign the animals while we sing?
- Can you sing along and make some rhyming words?
- Can you play an instrument while we play?
- Do you see which instrument Mr. Murphy is playing?
- Do you see any other instruments in the room?
- Did you know that Mrs. Murphy's husband is also a music teacher?
2) There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long, published by Scholastic Books
I got this book from one of our book fairs and I love it! It's a traditional folk song, based on the song "There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea".
This is a cumulative song, which means a song that keeps on growing and growing and getting longer and longer!
There are quite a few rhyming words in this book!
- Can you find the animal or object we sing about on the page? Pause the video so you can look at the illustrations!
- Did you recognize a familiar animal from the Down By the Bay song? Which one is it?
- Do you have an instrument or did you get to make a cool instrument from last week? Maybe you can play along for fun!
- Here are a few more signs to learn: Fly Bug (Gnat) Log
And just in case you want to hear the original version....
And one more for fun!
Hearing Impaired: Use the link to practice ASL signs. You can also add some stuffed animals or even play some instruments while you watch.
Vision Impaired: Listen for the rhymes-can you give a thumbs up when you hear an animal name? Can you sing some of the parts of the song?
Thanks for listening and see you next week!
Making Music at Home!
Hello to my students and families!
My apologies for the delay, but I've been working on getting all of my lessons in one spot for easier access! You are able to now go to my district webpage and find all of the lessons posted as well as an enrichment links page as well. Your classroom teachers will be able to send you the link, but you can always go to your school website, go to teacher/staff pages and then find my page there.
This week, I've created some links about making music at home! Do you love to sing? Do you enjoy playing instruments? I'll give you some fun ways to make simple instruments, some play-alongs and a video link featuring me, my music teacher husband and my son, Connor!
1) Percussion Instruments
What is a percussion instrument?!
It's an instrument that you can HIT, SHAKE or SCRAPE.
- Is a DRUM a percussion instrument? Can you hit a drum? YES, it's a percussion instrument!
- Is a VIOLIN a percussion instrument? Can you shake, hit or scrape a violin? NO! A violin is a string instrument.
- Is a FLUTE a percussion instrument? Can you shake, hit or scrape a flute? NO! A flute is a woodwind instrument.
- Is a MARACA a percussion instrument? Can you shake a maraca? YES! It's definitely a percussion instrument!
- Is a GUIRO a percussion instrument? Can you scrape it? YES!
Check out these videos to see and hear all kinds of cool percussion instruments!
Which ones do you know? Which ones were new for you?
AND....in case you didn't know, my husband, Mr. Murphy is also a music teacher! AND...my son, Connor is also a musician that plays percussion in concert and jazz band! We recorded a little video to share with ALL of our students!
2) Making Instruments at Home
Here are some links to making some simple instruments at home. Remember to always ask permission to use anything as an instrument!
Oatmeal Tom Tom Drum (you can always just use the plastic top for the drumhead instead of a balloon)
Out of the Box Ideas:
-For friends who are hearing-impaired, instruments are a wonderful way to feel music through vibration. Many students like to put their hands or feet onto a drum, guitar, or large instrument to feel the music in their bodies. I'll link one of my favorite percussionists, Evelyn Glennie, who is completely deaf and is a professional, world-class percussionist! She plays barefoot!
-For vision-impaired/blind students, you can use the sound of instruments as a game of location. Shake the shaker nearby...can you reach out and find it? Is it high or low? In front or behind you?
-Students with vision challenges are often highly attuned to the sounds around them. Many of them excel by using their heightened sense of pitch and their tactile/kinesthetic senses to perform music. Here, I will link two famous musicians, both blind and both extremely talented!
-Students with low mobility may need to hold an instrument differently. Some students love having shakers or bells wrapped around their shoes or ankles so they can kick along to the music. They can use their feet to play drums too! You can use elastic, pipe cleaners or velcro to wrap a shaker or mallet onto hands or wrists. Sometimes just singing along can be great fun as well! Even headbands with lightweight bells or sounds attached can be fun for a student to move their head and create a sound.
3) TIME TO JAM!
You can play or dance along with some of your favorite songs!
Here are a few links if you want to do some video play-alongs!
Popcorn! You can play along or just move and dance!
Laurie Berkner: Games Day Music Live Check out Laurie Berkner's live videos sharing about 30 minutes of super fun music! Here's a link to one and make sure you have an instrument nearby!
Don't forget to also check out Mrs. Murphy's Music Enrichment Page, where you can find more music activities to do at home and online!
Musical Animals!Hi Students and Families!I hope you are continuing to be safe and healthy. I miss each of you so much! I wanted to share you some music links and ideas for this week! I also wanted to let you know that I've started a YouTube studio channel called "Murphy Music" specifically to upload my video-based lessons. Right now, I've linked my first story song below, but I'll be adding more each week.Families: If you have any issues or questions about the activities or links, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My office hours are 2-3pm each day, so I will return any emails promptly!Lessons: Remember, these are activities to bring music into your day-never graded. I'll include some participation suggestions in each one for you. Beginning next week, my channel will have more interactive videos featuring me and my family bringing you music fun. This week, I am just making sure families are able to access this initial video easily before we add more.This week, I chose the theme MUSICAL ANIMALS.1) Animal Song by Have Fun Teaching
2) The Lion Sleeps Tonight Kids Yoga with Bari Koral
- Many of you love animals and know how to categorize them. You may know about different animal features and also about their habitats.
- There are six categories in this song. What are they?
- Can you make the sounds like the animals in the video?
- Can you move and dance as if you were an animal in that group?
- What is your FAVORITE animal? Which category does your favorite animal belong in? Why?
- Here is the sign language for our animal categories:
- Mammals: Mammals Sign Language
- Birds: Birds Sign Language
- Fish: Fish Sign Language
- Reptiles Reptiles Sign Language
- Amphibians Amphibians Sign Language
- Insects Insects Sign Language
3) "Way Out in the Desert" by T.J.Marsh and Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler.Visit my new YouTube channel "Murphy Music" to watch me and my son Ian, read and sing this awesome book about desert animals! Be sure to pause the video to look for the hidden numbers....and see if Ian can find them too!
- Can you move your arms to the music? Can you move your head to the beat? Maybe you would like to use your voice to sing along?
- Here is the sign language for LION: Lion Sign Language Can you roar like a lion?
- Here is the sign language for BEAR: Bear Sign Language Can you bend like the bear?
- Can you push or reach your arms out in front for plank pose?
- Here is the sign language for DONKEY: Donkey Sign LanuguageCan you wiggle or kick your feet like a donkey?
- Child's Pose: Close your eyes, rest and breathe deeply. Be calm and still.
- Did you hear the shakers in this song? Maybe you have a shaker to play along? If not, maybe you can find something that makes a shaking song in your house? Maybe some rice or beans in an empty water bottle or clean metal can? Or perhaps you have some toys that makes a sound?
- Do you have an stuffed animal who can join you for this song? Or maybe your pet wants to listen too!
Mrs. Murphy and Ian read/sing “Way Out in the Desert” by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler. Recommended Grades K-1-2.youtu.beTake care!Mrs. Murphy
- Listen and enjoy the book and song!
- Which desert animals have you seen in real life? Which ones are your favorite?
- Which ones were NOT Mrs. Murphy's favorites? Did you hear me say it during the video?
- Check out Bearizona on social media, our local rescue zoo outside of Flagstaff. They share a video and tell about their animals several days a week. They have wolves, otters, jaguars and other super cool animals!
- Count how many baby animals on each set of pages? Do the numbers ascend or descend? Can you touch the page and count all of the animals you see?
- Stay tuned to Mrs. Murphy's YouTube studio channel for more uploads next week!
Welcome to Music!
Hi to all of my wonderful music students and families! I miss making music with all of you, but I wanted to send you a few fun videos for the weekend to enjoy! There are some that you might remember from music class.
Families: I'll add a few ideas on how to participate or enjoy the video in some different ways. If any of my students have some favorite songs, you're always welcome to email me and I'll try to get them included for our music enrichment activities. Stay tuned, as I'll continue to share more music activities with you. Nothing for music is graded or requires no more than just listening or joining if you wish.
Students and families are always, always welcome to email Mrs. Murphy to say hello, ask a question, send a music request or if I can help in any way to make this time easier.
My email is email@example.com. I don’t have a voicemail due to my various campus locations. The teachers can help me connect to anyone who would like a phone call.
Thank you, have fun, stay safe and more music is on the way next week!
- grab some hand sanitizer or wash your hands at the sink!
- family members can demonstrate washing hands or assist with washing.
- lots of songs can be sung while washing hands! Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and ABC's are great... pick a fun song to sing while you wash!
- this song is just cool and fun
- can you add the meows in the song? Or can you move like a cat during the song?
- What about the sign language for cat, which is pulling on your whiskers? Here's a link: Cat in Sign Language, ASL Dictionary for kids
- Do you have a cat or a stuffed animal cat? Maybe they can join you!
- This is a favorite for many of my students. Make sure you have a quiet space.
- You can follow on the floor or from your chair.
- You can listen and breathe calmly during the music.
- Do you have a family member who would like to join you?
- Do you need some time to calm down if you’re feeling tired, angry or worried? This is a great music activity to help you relax.
- Lastly, I wanted to leave you with one of my favorites. It reminds me of all of the good things I am when I’m having a hard time.
- What are some words that are special about you? What is your favorite one in this song?
- Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?Mrs. Murphy thinks Grover is pretty funny!
- Maybe you want to dance with the song?
- Maybe you can tell one of your family members why you think they are special to you.