How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

So you have a small class with mostly horns but a couple of kids play guitar and drums, or a group with lots of rhythm players and a couple of horns. You think "It would be really cool to get a rock group going or some type of horn band or at least try to … Continue reading How to Include and Engage Horn Players in Your School Rock/Popular Ensemble

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How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a 2 part series Last time, I gave you a list of activities, materials, and singing games that you would need to do this. Today, I am going to show you what a typical progression of lessons will look like using those activities and games. You will have to refer … Continue reading How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 2)

How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 1)

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series By the end of grade 3, I want my students writing down diatonic melodies as they hear them, with rhythm and pitch, written on a 5 line staff with clefs, key signatures, and time signatures. Sounds a bit crazy seeing as most of us never really … Continue reading How to Get YOUR Students Transcribing Melodies BY EAR by The End of Grade 3 (Part 1)