Grade 1 General Music - Enrichment
Hi First Grade Students and Families!
We are in the last month of school and only a few more weeks to go! We've got this!
This week, we are going to look at cumulative songs, or songs that add words and get longer and longer with each verse. They can be really fun and challenging! You probably know a few already! I'll link a couple of favorites here for you to listen.
1) 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!
- Do you have an instrument or did you get to make a cool instrument from last week? Maybe you can play along for fun!
2) And just in case you want to hear the original version....
3) And one more that is an old favorite and has a lot of variations and lots of books you could find online as well.
Have fun singing cumulative songs!
Making Music at Home!
Hello First Grade students and families!
This week, I've created some links about making music at home! 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!
Hello First Graders and Families!
How are you doing?? Are you enjoying some of the beautiful, sunny weather?
This week, I am going to direct you to my Music Enrichment Activities Page. You can find some really fun links to music ideas and games that you can do without a computer or with one! Some of the games require Flash Player, so you can ask a family member to help you.
Remember that online music activities are optional, never required or graded. Enrichment means that it gives you a way to enjoy music at home as a way to create, have fun and let go of some of our worries. I hope you will try at least one activity this coming week!
You can always access Mrs. Murphy's webpage on our Hull school website and I'll continue to update it week to week.
And, for a little fun video, I'm giving you a quick tour of the Murphy Family Music Room! We have a lot of instruments, so we have an entire room in our home just for music!
Take care and have a great week!
This Is My Tree
Hi First Grade Students and Families!
Welcome to Week 3! Hope you and your families are doing well and enjoying our beautiful weather in some way!
This week, I've got a favorite song for you called, "This is My Tree", written by Peter and Mary Alice Amidon. It's about a tree in each season of the year. Your teachers let me know you're learning about trees, so I wanted you to have a song for the trees!
I've included three videos here for you to see the words and pictures, learn some sign language and then just the entire song. You could upload your version to your first grade FlipGrid if you want!
I'm adding a BONUS video for you, featuring my puppy, Chase! Take a listen!
Also, the Specials teachers created a super cool Bingo grid of easy and fun PE, Library, Tech and Music activities. Choose one a day and see if you can get a "Bingo" by the end of this week! I'll see if I can link it here, and I think your teachers will be sending it home as well!
Be good, be helpful and stay safe.
Love, Mrs. Murphy
Way Out in the Desert
Hi First Grade Students and Families!
It's Mrs. Murphy and I miss seeing all of my wonderful musicians from first grade! I hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy.
Your teachers let me know that you were reading and learning about animals, so I wanted to share a story song with you. This book is called "Way Out in the Desert" and it's a song and story about desert animals! Maybe you've seen some or all of these in real life! It is published by Cooper Publishing, written by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler. There are also hidden numbers in the illustrations, so feel free to pause the video to look for the hidden numbers as you watch.
Families: I have a YouTube channel called "Murphy Music", which will have all of my video-based lessons for all of my classes. It is on YouTube Studio app as well. You're more than welcome to check it during the week for new uploads, but I'll always link my first grade music links via your classroom teachers each week.
If you have any questions or issues, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students are always welcome to email me at any time to say hello or request songs and activities! My office hours are 2-3pm each day.
Please also visit our amazing Hull music teacher, Ms. Kaemmerer's webpage on our school site for a variety of fun music games and links! My teacher webpage is under construction temporarily.
Here is my YouTube link for this week, featuring my son, Ian.