Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Woodchuck Chuck" - an except from 3rd grade today

Due to the scheduling of language lab today, Ms. Wasson's class wound up with an extra 15 minutes of music.  We decided to use it to record the piece learned earlier in the week.  The "setting" is posted here as well.  Nicely done!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Week One in Music -- Off To a Good Start

We got off to a very good start in music at Wonderland this week.  All the classes came to the MPR for some of my favorite first week lessons with a few new wrinkles.  One thing I am trying this year is have my lyrics on slides instead of chart paper (see above).  Technology also seems to enhance the kids experience -- if I can just get them to stop making shadow puppets.

For those families new to the school each class receives 30 minutes of general music instruction a week.  The lessons are based on several big ideas per grade level and organized into units -- for example we currently starting our "fundamentals unit" where I review the some of the big ideas from last year and introduce the skills the kids will need going forward.  Of course, I try to never let this framework stand in the way of a fun activity or a good song.

This year I will try to update the blog at least once a week, so keep checking back to find out what's going on in the MPR.

Monday, August 13, 2012

We're back -- live from the MPR!

If it feels like the summer was the shortest on record that's because it was! But I for one am very excited to be back starting my 4th year at Wonderland.

There are several important changes -- from the new website, to several new teachers, to the address of this blog -- it is now But one thing that hasn't changed is our emphasis on student created music, because let's face it, we tend to get more excited about things we invent ourselves. And I hope to use this blog a lot more this year to help this process along.

To get us started I created a little beatbox piece entitled "A New Year At Wonderland". Click on the title and it will take you to site called Incredibox where, after you listen to my piece, you will be invited to create one of your own. Incredibox is a French website, but I thing you'll be able to figure it out. Feel free to send me a link to your work at

Let's get this party started!