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INTERACTIVE PRIMARY CLASSROOM

By Sa mue l Wr ig ht


Content ★

Don’t Cry - Singing Lesson

What makes a song - Chords 1 4 5

Links, Links & More Links

iPads & IWB

Noteworthy Equipment

Charlie & Lola Orff ensemble project


Don’t Cry ...star t by clapping ostinato - Copy 1. Sing melody and ask class to listen 2. Sing again and ask class to hum along (star t ‘walking’ pulse) 3. Sing again and ask class to join in with words • Now Singing melody altogether with whole body moving 5. Using melody sheet up on the IWB ask students to move note blocks into the correct order (of what they just sang) 6. Sing as a whole class what was arranged on the IWB (right or wrong) • Repeat and try to mix up the patterns & sing them 7. Add in harmony par ts using the process above * Can teach par ts from videos in Sibelius First • Higher par t first • Lower par t second • Bass par t last 8. Ask students to identify the higher harmony par t from the IWB 9. Ask students to comment on melodic contour 10. Point out the 1 4 5 chords that are being sung as individual notes ~ Perform whole piece as a class


What makes a song by One Direction Strangely enough...not much. 1. Clap the Bass rhythm ostinato - Copy 2. Students can come up and notate the par t on the stave 3. Sing Bass line notes C F G - Copy 4. Students can come up and notate the bass line on the stave using the previous rhythm - Point out chords 1 4 5 5. Clap Bass ostinato against back-beat ostinato from par t 2 divide into par ts 6. Perform bass line on Mallet instruments with some on backbeat with untuned percussion 7. Hand out scores for students to learn other par ts (or use videos on the board via Sibelius First) 8. Comment on anacrusis, limited range, arpeggios etc ~ Perform whole piece as a class Extension ~ Students break into groups and compose their own songs using: • chords 1 4 5 • & the ostinatos played in the arrangement


Links sma r tb o a r d music. o r g

Je lly M us ic

T he M usic Inte r a c ti v e

Amy M . Bur ns e le m e nta r y m usic e d uc a to r

Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra - Amazing interactive music adventure through this famous work. For worksheets and tips visit this teacher created site.


More Links...

Beautifully illustrated resource of Rimksy-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. Lesson plans, worksheets and cross curricular activities can also be found on the site Creating Music Block Game - online melody application 11 Ideas for Music Lessons on your Interactive Whiteboard - interesting blog post Smar tboard Resources - list of links for using IWB in Music Interactive Music Activities - another great list of links SMART Board Revolution - online community of IWB educators, this is the Music group. Incredibox - online music generator, amazing application with very sophisticated graphics. Orff Based Lesson Plans - Great collection of lessons from members of the American Orff Schulwerk Association. Orff Lessons plans from Lesson Planet - teacher’s lesson plan search engine Orffsite.com - lesson plans and rubrics. This site has allot to offer. Wrightstuffmusic - Direct link to a blog post I wrote last year on iPad Apps for Orff Lessons Classics for Kids - teacher training pages from this site give a good simple outline of Orff and Kodally approach

IWB Music Facebook Group

Bushfire Press Facebook Page

OrffNSW Facebook Page


Few more Links... The Ontario Music Educators’ Association - has lesson plans and rubrics for each grade level Music Teacher Resource Centre – This site has everything from lessons to vocal or instrumental rounds and links for world music! Bobby McFerrin Composition Game – learn each layer of Don’t Worry Be Happy LaTrobe Uni Medieval Music – for the medieval musician in all of us, or for notation studies Play Music – Music from around the world on an interactive website Muxicall – This is a Vir tual Sound Scape Page that you have to try in front of a classroom Qwer ty Beats – Just that. Beats from the Qwer ty keyboard Boom Whackers – This is a Vir tual Boom Whackers page just waiting for fun music teachers to explore Vir tual Keyboard – this is like having one of those Casio keyboards but on your computer! Help Kids learn – A Music Making Game with a colour keyboard for the interactive whiteboard Sphinx Kids – Composers, Games, Rhythms and Instruments. All you need to kick star t a study into music

Poisson Rouge - Music Making Games a plenty! There is an interactive four par t round of Frere Jacque, Beautiful Melody Writing keyboard and more. This is a lovely site for K-12 music teachers to use in the classroom Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids New York Philharmonic – This will require you installing a flash plugin to view it San Francisco Kids Boston Symphony Orchestra Kids Nashville Symphony Orchestra Kids Arizona Opera Classics For Kids – Opera, Musicals, Music Games, The Orchestra and more Austin Symphony Kids – Instruments, games and online interaction Ar ts Alive Instrument Lab – Listen, explore and interact with instruments of the orchestra Begin Band Sound Clips – A collection of instrument sounds that can be played, downloaded or linked to for presentations DataDragon (Music Education) – A collection of instrument sounds that can be played, downloaded or linked to for presentations


iPads & IWB Morris Lessmore - The Music Teacher’s Companion. Resources for the shor t film and iPad app.

Music iPad Apps - Hyperlinked list. Just click on the icon and it will take you to the iTunes download link.


Noteworthy Equipment

Samson Meteor Microphone Fantastic por table microphone USB so it can be used with your computer or iPad easily. Available on Ebay

Belkin Rockstar Headphone Splitter 5 headphones into a single unit. Also available in a two way split

Wirelessly project your iPad or Macbook to the IWB with these: Apple TV VGA/HDMI Adapter


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A Project Based Lesson that involves Listening, Performing & Composing, as an Orff Ensemble

What you’ll need: • an IWB • a USB or equivalent microphone • Laptop • Tuned & un-Tuned Percussion • Speakers • Garageband (Mac) or • Mixcraft (PC) • Video clip file


Clips with their descriptive titles and timings to write music to. You can watch the video on Youtube or read it here to see the parts that were taken out of the original animation. * Use the list below if you cannot use the Garageband file * Tie in this unit when teaching Instruments of the Orchestra


1. Learn to play & perform the “I want to play music to” Orff ensemble arrangement 2. With your IWB play along to the silent introduction of Charlie & Lola 3. Import the video clip into Garageband (or equivalent) and using your USB microphone have the class record to their first film project • make as many takes as you want (just create new tracks) • split into groups to discuss layering options once recorded (are SFX needed etc) 4. Split into small “composing groups” with tuned and untuned percussion 5. Using the video hit points in Garageband (or above), compose small segments of music to the missing gaps 6. Then record the music over the video clip in stages 7. When all music is recorded the final project is to compose a class piece (25secs) for the ‘made sounds’ performance at the end of the clip. 8. Again record the performance with the USB microphone and save it to your Garageband project file. Always save your work and back it up with Dropbox or your Schools’ LMS When you are ready to export your classes project choose ‘export movie to disc’ from the Share menu.

“You will then have an exceptionally brilliant & completely musical video”


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Orff Interactive Whiteboard Presentation  

A presentation I did in May 2012 where I integrated using the classoom interactive whiteboard from the Orff approach. I had lessons, projec...

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