Music Makers is reproducible! Each page is meant to be viewed, sung, tapped, drawn on, colored, and danced by your students to explore music at a higher level than a traditional worksheet.
The concepts presented in Music Makers follow a natural Kodály sequence and should be presented in order as each builds upon the previously taught concept. This section of Music Makers provides the teacher with related activities to accompany the activity pages. Remember, students need to be actively singing, clapping, and moving to the songs before using the activity pages.
Some pages you may want to project for the whole class to use, or even small groups.
Don’t rush it! There are many worksheets that are best suited to being completed over several class periods, especially the worksheets in the “Putting it Together” section (use page 54 as your guide). It’s best to perform these steps on different days. You may even need to break down each step by phrases of the song.
Use the worksheets after each “Introducing …” for assessment worksheets. Or, you can go back to the “A New Sound” worksheets and change the directions to fit the practice stage. Example: Rain, Rain (11) - Instead of drawing raindrops, have students write the ta’s and ti ti’s.
It’s YOUR workbook (no, SONGbook.) - be creative and have fun with it and your students will too. I sincerely hope you and your students enjoy being Music Makers together!
Jeremy M. Howard