17-04-02  Spring Dynamics Lesson
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Spring Dynamics Lesson
Grade Level
Song #75 Musicplay 2 - Find the Easter Basket
1. The students will identify when the music is quiet and when the music is loud
2.  The students will define crescendo and decrescendo
Choose the best method for teaching your students and teach the song and play the game.  The best method of teaching will depend on the age and musical abilities of the students.  Songs can be taught in one of three ways:  rote, reading, or immersion.
ROTE: When teaching by rote, you teach the song phrase by phrase.  You sing a phrase - the children echo.  You sing the next phrase, the children echo.  Then you combine phrases:  you sing two phrases - the children echo.  Finally, you sing the entire song, the children echo.
IMMERSION:  When teaching very young children, teaching by immersion is effective.  You have the children listen while you sing the song several times.  They might listen and pat the beat, listen and move like you do, listen to answer a question you’ve asked.  
READING:  When children are able to read rhythms and/or solfege, you can begin having them sight-read a song.  What a great skill for them to have!  Many adults can’t look at a piece of music and sing how it goes, but if taught carefully, our children can do this.
  1. Have the children read the rhythms using whatever rhythm names you use. 
  2. Sometimes after reading the rhythms I divide the class into two groups and have one group read the rhythms while the other groups reads the words of the song.  This helps some children “connect” that rhythm in music is the way the words go.
  3. In Musicplay, reading songs are indicated by a small staff on the upper right hand corner of the song.  In the song “Find the Easter Basket” the pitches indicated are s, m, l that stand for so (or sol), mi and la.  If children have learned these solfa notes, do some solfa warmups that use so, mi and la.  On musicplayonline.com, you can use the Solfa Practice Section and have kids echo patterns, play poison melody, Read and Sing, or Listen and Sing so-mi-la patterns.  If you don't use the online site, you can use melody flashcards to warm up your students. Melody Cards - USA Site            Melody Cards - Canada Site
  4. Give the students a starting pitch for the song and have them sing the song.
Whether you use reading, rote, or immersion to teach your students a song depends on If you’ve labelled the rhythms and solfa with your students.  If you haven’t taught so-mi-la yet, you’ll introduce the song as a rote song.  If you have labelled so-mi-la, then you can have the students sight-sing the song.

1. Teach the song and play the game.
Game Directions:  One student is the “hider” and one is the “finder.”  he “finder” closes eyes while the “hider hides the Easter Basket in plain sight. (not under or in something). The “finder” opens eyes and is guided to the basket by the dynamics in the singing.  If children sing quietly he is far away. If the children sing loudly, he’s closer.
2.  After playing the song, discuss the dynamics that were used in the song.  There is an excellent interactive activity attached to song #11. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt in Musicplay Grade 2  Sort the rhythms from quietest to loudest.  You can also play the Pop Quiz activities on Dynamics to teach or practice dynamics terms.
3.  Talk about what it’s called when the singing starts quietly but gets louder. (crescendo) or when the music starts loud and gets quieter. (decrescendo)
Follow this activity with a listening activity that has students listen and point to the dynamic level they hear in the music.  #29 Contradance in Musicplay 1 is a good example.  The listening map shows how the dynamic level change.  The Listening examples are found in the left hand menu at www.musicplayonline.com.  Kits 1-5 plus extras are found there.  Select Kit 1, then scroll down to select 29. Contradance II Listening Log.  Play the movie and it will show the soft (quiet) sections and the loud sections.

There are dynamic symbols printables with song #11. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt in the teacher’s guide and online that you can print out and package for your students to use.  I make class sets of these, packaging them in paper CD holders.  It’s quick and easy to make a class set of them, and then I can use them for assessments of dynamic awareness with Gr. 2-6.  Give out a set of cards to each child. 

  1. Have them sort them from quietest to loudest.  Check answers.
  2. Quiz them on the dynamics shown. 
For Example:
  • hold up the card that means quiet
  • hold up the card that means very loud
  • hold up the card that is the symbol for mezzo forte
Have the students be leaders, and come up with questions for the class.
Play a piece of recorded music, and have the students point to the dynamic level that they hear.  Good examples to use would include Listen 2 - #26 Summer, Vivaldi or #24 - Hornpipe. Listen 3 - #5 Entry March of the Boyars or #10 Bouree is very good or #17 Intrada, Listen 4 -  #20 Hungarian Rhapsody #2 in D Minor,  or #21,Piano Concerto,  Listen 5 - #16 Contradance III or #19 March of the Dwarfs.
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