Are you exploring Key/Tempo Options in our ClassPlay songs?
This week, we will continue digging deeper into January’s new features, uncovering the details that will help enhance your teaching!
New Feature #6: Additional Kodály Activities
A few of your favorite folk songs just received an upgrade with new activities great for teachers who embrace the Kodály pedagogy.
You can see these new activity types in ClassPlay by searching for:
- Rain, Rain
- Doggie, Doggie
- Lucy Locket
These songs are broken into three parts: Introduce, Identify and Implement. Each part combines singing, rhythm, movement, critical thinking, and aural skills to help students discover fundamental musical concepts in a fun, pedagogically sound and interactive way.
Currently, Rain, Rain features both Introduce and Identify sections, and you can expect many more of these type of additions to current and new songs in the year to come!
Let’s explore what’s new in the song Doggie, Doggie:
The INTRODUCE tab, located in the Song Hub, provides an Activity Flow Chart that represents the flow of activities as you guide your students to understanding the main concept of the song. Let’s take a look at how the Activity Flow Chart in Doggie, Doggie demonstrates 1 or 2 sounds on a beat.
1) Improvise a Story
Encourage student creativity by creating a background story for the song. Paginate through the four screen pages by using the yellow NEXT and PREVIOUS arrows.
When you’re finished with an activity you can return to the flow chart by using the red ACTIVITY FLOW button located in the top right-hand corner.
Use the audio button icon to hear the phrase sung. Once your students have the phrase memorized, click on the box to remove it. Try playing a memory game by asking students to sing the missing phrase!
3) Focus on Beat
Beat Tap allows students to practice tapping out the beat of Doggie, Doggie by touching the dog tags and revealing the dog’s name. Try having one student tap the beat at the board, while the rest of the class sings along.
4) Move to the Beat
Get your students singing and moving to the beat with Beat Move! Have a student press the grey SPIN button to spin the wheel. Once it lands on a body part, demonstrate how to tap the beat on that body part and have them copy you.
When you’re ready to move onto the next activity, use the yellow arrows on the right and left side of the screen to move forward or backward – without having to return the Activity Flow Chart!
5) Exploring Rhythm
Have students explore the way the words go with the rhythm in Tap the Bone. Similar to Beat Tap, invite a student to “tap the bone” to reveal how the words fall with the rhythm.
Word Tap allows students to practice tapping out the rhythm by using the puppy’s paw or the boy’s hand. While one student taps either the paw or hand on the board, the rest of the class can tap on their own palms.
Just like Beat Move, Word Move gets your students moving. SPIN the wheel to tap out the words with the resulting body movement/part. Create your own “Where can you put the rhythm?” movements and have students do them whenever the wheel lands on the question mark.
6) Combine the Two Elements
Test your students knowledge on beat and rhythm by clicking on the curtain to reveal the heartbeat and the hand. Ask them to describe the differences between the two!
If you want to turn the FANFARE music off, toggle the switch in the bottom left-hand corner OFF.
And this is just the INTRODUCE section of the song! Stay tuned for new features and more details on this pedagogical approach.