Beginning of the Year: Grades 1-6

All grades go over the same presentation for the beginning of the year.  It may seem redundant for the older grades but they sure are familiar with it!

This post covers Week 1 for all grades and Week 2 for 1st & 2nd Grade.  The other grades move on to their first non-procedural unit.

welcome

I start with a introduction of myself for new students and review for others.  It seems long but it goes fast.

about your music teacher

at the piano

I talk about my musical beginnings and how music was a part of my life growing up.

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I talk about my university experience (it is more detailed….I undetailed it for this post).

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I talk about my teaching career (how long, high points, etc) but I’m not posting the pictures since they have kids in them.

And then I talk about my musical family:

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We discuss the musical connections seen HERE.

We discuss the 12 (yes, 12) Rules of Music seen HERE.

Finally, we go over……

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Yuck………I say yuck not because I don’t like grades.  I don’t like the way I do grades.  I give a participation grade for the whole 9 week grading period…..that’s all.  I track data like crazy but no one knows because (maybe) they see only a single letter grade.  I could put the data into my online gradebook but it wouldn’t show participation it would show success on the objectives so it doesn’t really fit there.  One teacher has already asked me this year if I even gave grades on the report card……sheesh…..I guess I’ll get over that soap box for now.  I MAY be feeling undervalued right now but I probably shouldn’t air that out on this post…….OH WELL!

We end with a dance from my Symbaloo Movement Board.

Week 2 (1st & 2nd Grade):

These two grades (usually) are not able to get through all of the above in two 30 minutes classes so we have to extend it for another week……which is fine since their Integrated Music and P.E is different in 1st & 2nd grade.  1st Grade does the original version (the whole seven minute shabang). 2nd grade begins doing the faster version which is six minutes and is quite difficult.  They are breathing hard by the end.  Ha!  Again, if you haven’t checked out this resource, I highly recommend it.  I’ve been using for the past six years.

Thanks for reading!

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