Greater Tampa Bay Area Orff ChapterPosted on by Randy
Interactive Holiday Lesson
Today we wanted to share one of our favourite HOLIDAY lessons from Musicplay Online. There are so many concepts and activities with this one simple song, it will keep your little ones engaged and learning right up until the holidays.
This song can also be used to reinforce simple Grade 1 rhythms,
and provides an opportunity to introduce a quarter rest.
Ho Ho HO – Song #50 from Musicplay 1
Grade Level: Grade K-2 Objectives:
· Students will read the rhythm of a song, including “quarter rest”. I can read the rhythm of a song including a “quarter rest”.
· Students will create word rhythms. I can create word rhythms.
· Projectables of lyrics from Musicplay Digital Resource or Musicplay Online Subscription (Optional) MUSICPLAY ONLINE LINK
· Non-pitched percussion instruments
Song Activities: Below are a variety of activities you can use with this song:
The game, “Ho Ho Ho” is played in a single circle. Each child faces a partner. On the first measure they point fingers at their partner. On the second measure they point a finger with the other hand. On the third measure join hands and change places with their partner. On the last measure they each jump half a turn to face a new partner and the game repeats.
Explore playing beat and rhythm on non-pitched percussion instruments or body percussion. Play the words (rhythm) of the song on unpitched instruments. With student input decide what instruments might sound best on various parts of the song. Remind the students that when they play the words of the song, they are playing the rhythm of the song. Other students can keep the beat of the song using body percussion or a contrasting instrument.
Keep the Beat on a Beat Chart:
Use the chart below (you can find this on MUSICPLAY ONLINE) to have students point to the beat and clap the rhythm. This is an opportunity to ask the students why there are no words or sounds on beats 4, 8, and 16. You can explain to them when there is no sound on a beat, it is called rest or quarter rest. Try notating the song as a class to reinforce this concept.
Teach the Orff Arrangement:
Once students are singing the words and playing the game successfully, teach the Orff arrangement. For Grade one, try teaching the bass line first.
Use the following speech ostinato with body percussion to assist in teaching the bass line:
Interactive Activities: MUSICPLAY ONLINE has many MORE activities to use with this song including:
Students practice more and practice better withe the book/CD. For $10 choose a quality Handel recorder or a Yamaha recorder, the Recorder Resource Student Book and a CD. (also includes email to download CD contents) If you are in the USA, you can get this package from West Music!
Recorder Resource Kit: Includes 38 songs, sequenced for success! BAG ED C’D’ F Includes mad minutes, theory, duet parts (for differentiation or split classes). Reproducibles are given using regular and kids notes notation. Includes projectables!
This set of lessons for spring will give you everything you need to get your PreK classes singing, playing, moving, listening to and creating music. It includes 40+ poems, fingerplays, songs, listening examples, movement activities, instrument exploration, and storybook lessons.
Indigenous Singers of Canada
Indigenous Singers of Canada is a collection of rhythm arrangements to songs by popular Indigenous artists in Canada. This resource features 8 Indigenous singers from Metis, Inuk, Dene, and Cree backgrounds, including Tom Jackson, Susan Aglukark, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Shane Yellowbird, and many more.
Alto Recorder Resource Teacher’s Guide
This is a beginning recorder method for Alto Recorder with 60+ unison and duets in the book, carefully sequenced so that children will have success in the very first lesson.
The Teacher’s Guide includes projectables, performance movies, optional soprano recorder parts, fingering posters, piano accompaniments, and ukulele/guitar chords.