Celebration Education

 

From 3/17/11 Disney Day

 

St Patty's craft

 

Discussed Leonardo & music

 

Discussed Pythagoras creating the basis of today's music & experimented with plucking strings to discover how octaves & string length are related.

 

The students then were each given an empty musical staff & introduced to the letter names of the notes on the scale. Each student used the letters a, b, c, d, e, f, and g to write words, which were then plotted as notes on the staff. I played their words on a recorder (an instrument that Leonardo knew how to play & he also made). Some possible words: Add, Abe, bee, egg, bad, dad, ad, beg, edge, baggage, cabbage, dead, deaf, feed, fed

 

Then we talked about Walt Disney's attitude and use of music.

 

We discussed different kinds of music found in Disneyland and different instruments used.

 

The students were given a picture of several musical instruments and were challenged to hear those instruments within the park.

 

Optional activity: Have the students play a type of charades game, acting out playing instruments and having the other students guess what instrument it is.

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