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  • May 25, 2020 - Music Activities

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/25/2020

    GRADES K-2

    Hello, boys and girls~ I hope you had a nice holiday weekend.  The days are getting warmer and summer is on its way.  Click the link below (or at the bottom of this page) to join in this week's music class.  





    GRADES 3-6

    I had other plans for this week but when I saw what was on the Google homepage I knew I had to change it up.  It was posted on May 21 and perhaps some of you already saw it?  I will post the link to make sure that you can reach the activity.  


    1.  Follow the link and click the Google picture →


    2.  Read all the passages

    3.  Play all the games

    4.  Answer the questions below (there are 8 questions) and email your answers to smithtr@hasdk12.org


    STOP 1----

    1.)  What instrument are you introduced to?

    2.) Where is the instrument from?  Please be specific.

    STOP 2----

    3.) After STOP #1 something is added to the instrument.  What is added to the instrument and WHY?

    4.) What was your score for STOP #2?  It's a bit difficult to get 100%!

    STOP 3----

    5.)  In the little video in STOP #3 you see a girl dancing with something tied around her ankles.  What do you think it is?  What might it be used for?  (Take your best guess.  The answer isn't found in the video.)

    6.)  Something is added in STOP #3.  What is added and WHY?

    STOP 4----

    7.)This instrument can be featured in WHAT kind of bands?  In what country?


    8.)  What is the name of the song played at the 4th STOP?  How did you do?


    BONUS:  When you finish the game/activity there is a section that says "Learn More".  I will give bonus points to you if you answer all the questions they ask.  (If you click on the questions they will lead you to the answers.)

    BONUS #1- What is the mbira made of?

    BONUS #2- How do you play the mbira?

    BONUS #3- Who are the Shona?



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  • May 18, 2020 - Music Activities

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/18/2020

    GRADES K-2

    Watch the video link to read this week's music story.

    Draw a picture of Teresa Carreno playing the piano with her dancing hands.

    Email your assignment to Mrs. Smith at smithtr@hasdk12.org


    GRADES 3-4

    Watch the video link to read this week's music story.  

    In the story a young girl, Teresa Carreno, plays the piano for President Lincoln at a time when the President is feeling sad.  Does music ever cheer you up when you are sad?  

    Write a paragraph that tells how music can affect your mood to make you happy, exicted or even sad.

    Email your assignment to Mrs. Smith at smithtr@hasdk12.org


    GRADES 5-6

    Watch the video link to read this week's music story.

    Teresa Carreno was a very talented musician even at a young age.  However, when Teresa was about to play for President Lincoln she felt unsure of herself and became nervous about sharing her gift of music with the President.  Teresa was able to overcome her fears and actually offered comfort through her music to the grieving President.

    Write two paragraphs about a time in your own life when you were unsure of yourself in a situation but then went on to accomplish the task.  How did it turn out for you and how did it make you feel?

    Email your assignment to Mrs. Smith at smithtr@hasdk12.org

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  • May 18 - All Classes

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/18/2020

    Please click on the link below to read the book Dancing Hands written by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez.


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  • May 11, 2020 - Move-It

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/11/2020


    Hey, boy and girls!  Are you missing baseball?  Have some fun with this baseball themed Move It that uses baseball coach signs for the movements.  The song that we are using is from a famous opera, Carmen.  The name of the piece of music is Habanera and the opera, Carmen, was composed by Georges Bizet.  Grab a baseball hat and get ready to play ball!  


     Move It - Baseball Coach


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  • May 11, 2020 - Music Activities

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/11/2020

    ***All grades should try out the special baseball themed Move-It posted for this week***


    K-2nd GRADE

    Go to the link below to join this week's music class.  I miss you - stay safe.

    If you would like to send me an email I would love to hear from you.



     Music Fun


    3rd-4th GRADE

    Please watch the tutorial below that shows how to make a "STOMP" rhythm composition.  They will use the syllables "ta" and "ti-ti" which are just other ways of saying our "du" and "du-de".  

    Find something in your kitchen to use as a rhythm instrument so that you can play along.  Have fun!

    Send me a video of you playing along with the tutorial if you are able.

    Miss you!


    STOMP Tutorial


    5th-6th GRADE

    Please follow the link and directions listed above to view the STOMP rhythm tutorial.  We have spent some time in class making rhythms, playing in drum circles, creating our own beats.

    After you have reviewed the tutorial and played along I would like you to complete the following assignment:

    Please record yourself playing a different rhythm along with the STOMP tutorial.  Try your best to write out the four beat pattern that you create using quarter notes (du), paired eighth notes (du-de) and rests.

    Email your assignment to me at smithtr@hasdk12.org

    Miss you!









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  • Week of May 4 - Move It

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/4/2020

    Hello, Music Friends!  Today is May 4th.... MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!!!! 

    Are you ready to try a very special Star Wars themed Move It? 

    Find a comfortable spot where you can freely move around and still see your computer screen. 

    Click on the link below to try the movements for The Imperial March that you hear in the movie Star Wars.

    Remember, there is no talking in a Move It.  Try to be as artful as possible while you move your body to the music.

    Have fun!!



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  • May 4 Music Activities

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 5/4/2020

    GRADES K-2

    Please click on the video below to join me in some music fun today.  Remember to always use your very best singing voices and have fun!  I miss you bunches and bunches!



    GRADES 3-4

    Have you ever heard of Broadway in New York City?  There are many shows and musicals in theaters up and down Broadway and even if you have never gone to a show on Broadway you might still be familiar with some of them from movies and videos.  Today you are going to step into the Broadway show, Alladin.  Copy and paste the link below to learn some of the dance steps to the opening number of Alladin, "Arabian Nights.



    GRADES 5-6


    • Chuck Berry– American singer, song-writer, guitarist, pioneer of rock and roll music
    • Born October 18, 1926 in Missouri
    • Died March 18, 2017 in Missouri (age 90)
    • King of Rock and Roll? Chuck Berry is best known for his guitar solos, showmanship, and developing Rhythm and Blues into the primary elements of Rock and Roll music.
    • He began performing while still in school as a teenager. In his early 20s he was playing with several local bands in St. Louis, Missouri.
    • In 1955 (age 29) Berry took his music to Chess Records in Chicago. He recorded his first song “Maybellene” which sold over 1 million copies and became a top 5 hit.
    • Over the following 12 years, he released another dozen hit songs, performed all over the country, and appeared in a few movies.
    • Berry’s popularity grew in the early 60s as a result of British bands covering his songs.
    • Between 1962 and 1979 Berry recorded 14 more albums and toured constantly include a concert at the White House.
    • In 1986, he was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
    • He continued to perform until 2014 (age 87) and his last album was released in 2017 (age 90).
    • He is considered one of the most influential people of Rock and Roll music.
    • He’s won a Grammy lifetime achievement award, Kennedy Center Honor, and is ranked 7th of the best electric guitarists of all time.
    • Chuck Berry’s song “Johnny B. Goode” is the only rock and roll song to be include on the Voyager Golden Records.
    • The Voyager Golden Records were placed on the Voyager space probes (1 & 2) and launched into space in 1977. They are currently in the outer boundary of the solar system.
    • The records accompany the probes in an attempt to communicate to extraterrestrials a story of the world of humans on Earth.

    Chuck Berry's "Maybellene"


    Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode"


    ASSIGNMENT:  Read the facts about Chuck Berry and watch the videos of two of Chuck Berry's most iconic songs.  Send me an email to: smithtr@hasdk12.org and tell me which Chuck Berry song you liked best.  Give me three reasons for your choice.

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  • Week of April 20,2020

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 4/20/2020

    Hello my music making friends!  I hope eeryone is doing really great and making music every day.  I miss all of you!

    This week all grades are going to explore some music books that can be found on Tumblebooks on our HASD website.  If you have not explored Tumblebooks I will explain how you can find them.

    On the homepage go to the Academics tab.

    Choose Library

    Choose Tumblebooks & Tumble Readables

    Go to Tumblebooks

    Scroll down to Tumble Tunes

    Grades K-2

    Please watch the Tumblebook "Aiken Drum".  I think you will remember this song from music class!  Sing along!  I would like you to draw your own Aiken Drum and sing the song using the body parts that you drew.  

    Grades 3-6

    There are many songs that are made into children's books and even some children's books that are made into songs.  Explore the different Tumble Tunes on this site and complete one of the following assignments:

    1- Make up motions to go with the song that you choose.  Remember that often motions will help younger children learn the lyrics of a song so be sure that the motions you choose make sense with the words of the song.  Email me a video of you performing your song with motions to smithtr@hasdk12.org.  I can't wait to see what you come up with!

    2- Think of another children's song that you know that would make a good book for kids.  Write the lyrics of your song and draw and color the cover of the book that you would create.  Send me a pic of your work to smithtr@hasdk12.org.  Be creative!


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  • Week of April 13, 2020

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 4/13/2020

    Kindergarten-2nd grade


    A listening scavenger hunt.....

    Listen for 2 items with a Steady Beat

    Listen for 2 items without a Steady Beat

    Listen for 1 fast sound

    Listen for 1 slow sound

    Listen for 1 high sound

    Listen for 1 low sound

    Listen for 2 long sounds

    Listen for 2 short sounds

    Listen for 2 loud sounds

    Listen for 2 quiet sounds


    3rd-6th grade


    We all know the melody to Hot Cross Buns (white belt) that we played on the recorder - since everyone might not have a recorder at home we will play the melody a different way!

    Using water in 3 glasses - tapping with a wooden spoon - try your best to create the melody of Hot Cross Buns.  Here is a tip- the level of the water in the glass will affect the pitch that you play.  (Each glass will have a different amount of water).

    Take a video of your finished product and email to smithtr@hasdk12.org

    Use this link to remind you of the melody!  https://youtu.be/WfRe-Hk10tI

    Use this link for an example on how to play music on water glasses! https://youtu.be/oGj1rZEu1y8



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  • Week of April 6, 2020

    Posted by Tracey Smith on 4/6/2020

    Hello, boys and girls!  I hope that you are all staying home and being safe, I miss you.  Here are some music activities for this week for you to try.  Do your best and know that you can reach me by email - smithtr@hasdk12.org   I would love to hear from you!

    GRADES 1-3



    First Steps TicTacToe

    Music Tic-Tac-Toe! (1-3)

    During our time away, see if you can complete three activities in a row. You can choose up, down, across, or diagonal. See if you can make other shapes by completing more than three tasks!

    Miss you and keep learning!!

    Teach a family member this rhythm while they are preparing a meal:

    Chop, chop, chippity, chop

    Cut off the bottom,

    Cut off the top,

    What there is left, we’ll put in the pot.

    Chop, chop, chippity chop!

    Make a new pitch exploration (vocal warm up) using shapes like we were making with the pipe cleaner.

    Draw your pattern on a piece of paper.

    Remember to use your high voice!

    Sing “Down By the Bay” with a family member.

    Down by the bay

    Where the watermelons grow

    Back to my home

    I dare not go

    For if I do

    My mother will say

    Did you ever see a bearcombing his hair

    Down by the bay.

    Play our freeze game “Grizzly Bear.”

    Grizzly bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in a cave.

    Grizzly bear, a grizzly bear is sleeping in a cave.

    Please be very quiet

    Very, very quiet

    If you wake him, if you shake him,

    He gets very mad.

    SING or DANCE or MOVE or MAKE AN INSTRUMENT OUT OF SOMETHING (think simple – drum sticks, shakers)

    Just do something musical and tell me about it when we get back 😊

    Make a stuffed animal/doll/action figure keep the keep to “Cobbler, Cobbler.”

    Cobbler, cobbler,

    Mend my shoe

    Have it done by half past two.


    Sing one of our simple songs to your stuffed animals before bed.

    “Frog in the Meadow”

    “Pitter Patter”

    “Johnny Had One Friend”


    Pretend your living room/family room is filled with Jell-o!

    What do you look like moving from one side of the room to the other?

    Play some SLOW music if you can.

    *Internet access required*

    Share Jennie Jenkins with a family member on YouTube.

    Search: Jennie Jenkins Jill Trinka

    Picture is blue “Had A Little Rooster” CD



    GRADES 4-6

    Go on an instrument safari with Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra!  As you are exploring the site pay attention in order to "unlock" the next steps by identifying the instruments.




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