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Dear Parents & Guardians,
Here are some musical activities that you can do at home with your child. Please rest assured that we are ahead of schedule and that required curricular items have already been covered.
I would like to provide you with the link to our online textbook, which you can access at home with a password. An account will be set up for each student, and you will find a schedule for classwork below. I will message all passwords via dojo.
Online Textbook Login: https://connected.mcgraw-hill.com//school/bdw8
To navigate the online textbook:
1. Choose your grade level. PK, click on the duck. K, click on the balloon. Grade 1, click on the pinwheel.
2. Find your name and the animal picture you received on dojo.
3. Choose the number, fruit, and shape you recieved as your password on dojo.
4. You will now see your textbook. Click launch.
5. In a box labeled "Explore Lessons", you will see a blue button that says "Go to the lesson." Click it.
6. At the top of the page, under them menu, you will see what looks like an arrow that says "Grade 1 (or K) Spotlight."
Click on it, and all of the units will appear.
7. Click on the units, and you will see all of the lessons.
8. Click on the lesson you want to do, and you will be directed to it. Scroll down and follow directions to complete the lesson.
9. To play a song, click the arrow for play. The song will appear in a new window. Press start, and it will load. Then press play.
You can experiment with faster and slower speeds.
The mixer will allow you to adjust the volume of vocal or instrumental parts. To exit the song, just close the new window.
10. To log out, click on the person at the top right corner (next to search). Scroll down and select log out.
Below is a schedule for online textbook lessons. I am also including an alternate schedule of activities for any students without internet access. If you would like to do the textbook lessons, please help your child log in and find the correct lesson. I encourage everyone to try to do whatever is possible. However, if you are unsure about something, please do not worry about it. We will pick up where we left off when school resumes. Please note that I have included materials for students in the piano program in the review packet (flashcards for naming notes, finger numbers, and 2 pieces). This is completely optional.
The schedule for student work is as follows:
PK & K- Online Textbook Lesson Schedule
Lesson 1- Unit 5, Lesson 1
Lesson 2- Unit 5, Lesson 2
Lesson 1- Unit 5, Lesson 3
Lesson 2- Unit 5, Lesson 4
Lesson 1- Unit 5, Lesson 5
Lesson 2- Catch Up
Unit 5, Lesson 7
Unit 5 Lesson 8
1- Online Textbook Schedule
Lesson 1- Unit 6, Lesson 1
Lesson 2- Unit 6, Lesson 2
Lesson 1- Unit 6, Lesson 3
Lesson 2- Unit 6, Lesson 4
Lesson 1- Unit 6, Lesson 5
Lesson 2- Catch up
Unit 6, Lesson 7
Unit 6 Lesson 8
To make these lessons easier, I have created instructional videos that your child can watch before going into the online textbook. All of this information is on this site under "Lesson Information" if you click on "menu." You will also find a page for PK & K video lessons and a page for Grade 1 video lessons. Here is the link:
Alternate Assignment Schedule (All Students)-
Lesson 1- Read a story. Imagine adding sounds to that story to make it more musical. Try to think of places in the story where you can add sound effects or other musical sounds. Practice and perform the story with the sounds you created.
Lesson 2- Choose a favorite song and practice singing it. You can perform it for someone at home.
Lesson 1- Put on some favorite music and create a dance. Experiment with dance steps you have never tried before. Now, play music with a very different sound. Dance to this music and notice how you move differently. Try this with several different kinds of pieces.
Lesson 2- Play a piece of music and create a “sound map”. Draw what you hear. You can draw a picture of the melody moving up and down, the instruments you hear, or whatever picture you see in your mind when you hear the music. Extra Credit: Create an extra sound map using music with a different sound.
Lesson 1- Watch a clip of “Stomp” if you can. “Stomp” is a musical performance that uses everyday objects to create rhythms and put on a show. In music, we call these “found sounds.” Look for some everyday objects that you can use as percussion instruments. Play some music and try to add some of your own “found sounds” to the music. How many sounds can you think of?
Lesson 2- Make up a song using the syllables “sol”, “la”, and “do.” Practice it. You can sing it for someone at home if you like.
Piano students can sign into our textbook and search for “Virtual Instrument Keyboards.” An interactive keyboard that is labeled with letters will appear if you click on any keyboard instrument. I will include a few simple songs for students to try as well as some flashcards (with an answer key for you). Students need to learn to name notes by letter (A, B, C, D, E, F, & G). If you would like to quiz them, that would be great! You can also quiz students on finger numbers. I will include these in this review packet as a resource for anyone who is interested in learning more. Parents with a music background, any primer level piano book is fine if you want to teach a song out of the book!
Here are some additional ideas:
- Sign into the online textbook. Type in “Virtual Strings”, “Virtual Woodwinds”, “Virtual Brass”, “Virtual Percussion”, and “Virtual Keyboards.” Click on each instrument, and a keyboard will appear. When your child plays it, it will sound like that instrument. I suggest creating a pentatonic composition by playing on black keys only. Pentatonic improvisation is a simple way for children to be creative. All notes will sound well together.
- Listen to classical music. Here are some suggestions:
Peter and the Wolf- Prokofiev
Vivaldi- The Four Seasons
Tchaikovsky- The Nutcracker Suite
Mozart- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Pachelbel- Canon in D
Grieg- Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46
Beethoven- Moonlight Sonata
Beethoven- Fur Elise
Chopin- Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major, Op. 9
Bach- Preludes & Fugues for Piano
Holst- The Planets
Mozart- Rondo Alla Turca
- Google Jack Hartmann’s “See it, Say it, Sign it” and your child can practice letter sounds along with sign language.
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message via Dojo. Enjoy this musical time with your child!
About the Instructor:
Hello! My name is Alexis Marie, and I’m very happy to be working here at North Park this year! I have a B.M. in Music Education with a vocal concentration, a B.A. in Applied Piano from SUNY Fredonia, and I am working on my M.S. in Creative Studies from the International Center for Creative Studies at Buffalo State.
I am from Grand Island and home again after many years of building K-12 music programs throughout Western New York, Florida, and New York City. I’ve been fortunate to have a myriad of wonderful experiences designing and implementing unique programs for keyboard lab, general music, and chorus. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with all my students, and we’ve had some incredible experiences over the years! Some of the highlights include All-State Chorus, Veteran’s Day Celebrations, Renaissance Feasts, an International Showcase, musical theatre productions, American Idol, Disney World, and much caroling during the holidays. Last year, we won first prize at Darien Lake!
I am new to the North Park family, and love it already. I’m very grateful to be working on a team with such wonderful teachers and administrators, and students are doing very well with their first levels of music mastery!
If you’d like to work on music at home, suggestions for practice and class updates. If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know.