Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MUSIC TEACHER POST: Sixteenth notes

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I've been dying to come up with an idea for one of my favorite (and my own childrens' personal favorites) books, I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont.  I've finally come up with a cute idea (or so I think).  The text of the book goes with the traditional song "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More."  The first part of the process would be to sing the book to the kids.  When I say sing the book, I mean show them the pictures on the page while singing the text in the book.  Our objective in second trimester of 3rd grade is to identify and perform sixteenth notes.  Here are some other parts that I've added that can be performed as a B section that incorporate sixteenth notes. 

Large Drums (Congas, Tubanos, Djembes)
Hand Drums
Temple Blocks
Paint Brushes (plastic ones with the sponge on the end will be just fine...a pack of 50 at Michaels was $4.99)

Parts (layered in one at a time to be performed as ostinati)---I apologize, my Sibelius program is not functional presently

MOM (standing next to drums pointing her finger): "Paint no more, paint no more, ya' ain't gonna paint no more!"

KID PART 1 (on large drums with two paint brushes as mallets): "Dish, Swish (painting motion across the drum), Swish (again).  More paint in the (insert repeat sign)"

KID PART 2 (on hand drums that act as canvas): Students say the same thing as KID PART 1, but do different motions.  Students in rows that have a hand drum will hold hand drum in left hand and one paint brush in the right.  When the word "dish" is spoken, the hand drum is turned upside down so that the student next to them can pretend to dip his/her paint brush in the "dish."  On "Swish Swish" the students bring up their hand drum and swish twice with the paint brush.  Left hand (drum) is put back down and right hand goes into the drum next to dip the paintbrush (on the beat) during "more paint in the dish."  Holding the drum will be a little unconventional here, but I was going for visual appeal.

TEMPLE BLOCKS: "Listen to me, listen to me, I WANNA PAINT!" (crescendo over that with a repeat sign at the end). 

There are endless story opportunities you can do with this.  Mom can wear an apron or a scarf on her head, and speak with a New York accent, etc.  Let me know what you think!  Share with your friends!!!

1 comment:

  1. I love this book and the idea of adding the song and instruments. I was wondering, though, what part has sixteenth notes? Perhaps I am just misunderstanding one of the parts, but I can't seem to figure out where the rhythm is.