The 4th grade students from both elementary schools have been working on a technology project where they chose a song about a specific ocean, river or lake using a classroom CD or the internet. Using their chosen song, students developed a presentation using Keynote to illustrate the theme and geographical location of the song. With this activity, the students learned how to download songs using iTunes. The students completed the activity working with a partner.
5th Grade Elementary Music Project
The 5th grade students have been working on a developing their music composition skills using Garage Band. For this project, the students chose melodic and rhythmical loops and arranged them in an ABA or ABCA form. To successfully complete the project, students needed to be aware of the genre of the loops they chose so the composition would make musical sense. For example, they discovered that a Hip Hop A section needed a Hip Hop B section . If they chose a classical sound for the B section, it would not fit appropriately with the Hip Hop A section. The students worked with partners to complete the project.
Students in Mrs. Mosley’s 7th grade classes read biographies about Classical period composers, then chose an event in the composer’s life to create a short film using iMovie. Students then added music by the composer to help establish mood. The students first used a storyboard to plan out their video, and then recorded the video using their laptop. iMovie was used to edit the movie and add music by the composer. Mrs. Mosley air-dropped various music clips by each composer to the students to use in the project. Students then selected one of the music clips that they thought set the mood for their film. Air-dropping is the process of sharing a file with someone in close proximity.
Sixth grade students have been working with Garage Band and the metronome to develop their composing skills. The metronome keeps a steady beat while students play music. Students created a simple melody which they recorded using Garage Band. The students then added sound loops to complete their projects.
Students learned a song on the dulcimer, recorded live sound on Garage Band and added loops to complete their projects.
Mrs. Zellner’s 2nd grade class at Harry S Truman Elementary School created a Keynote presentation that highlighted an activity where the students practiced their habits for the Leader in Me. The students synergized in pairs, small groups, and as a whole class to decide on one activity that they all enjoyed doing. The class learned the value and challenges of working together as well as the improved outcome that comes from synergizing!