Here is what I planned and here is how it played out.
Our Layers Art Project was front and center. I found their definitions of dynamics, articulation, and expression most interesting. Their ideas are vague but they are more familiar than before.I tried giving them a more specific definition with my hands and humming; no words.Thank-you again Wendy Chan.It was helpful to mentally review the C minor 5 finger scale first. Those were the notes for their composition. Then we clapped the rhythm cards one by one. The Halloween theme words were tools to solidify the pattern
Okay! What could we try next? The next girl, learning from the first try, went up the scale and back halfway with her pattern. Each player was more creative.
What I did not expect was the light dawning on each of them that 5 notes and a catchy rhythm was the beginning of a really cool song.
Each student then played their piece. A tempo word was chosen by another student and they played it again with this new tempo. I was smart, I am not always that smart, to provide a glossary in the back of MFPA Book 3A so that they had to look up the definition if they could not remember it.
We ended with layering gooey, sweet toppings on a pumpkin cookies.
Another chance to review the layers of musicality.