March in the Parade – A Music Lesson on Finding the Steady Beat

  What better way to get your students ready for the Fourth of July then by having them march in a parade? This lesson plan will teach your kids how to count in groups of two and march in a circle. Goal:  Students feel the pulse or beat in the music by counting in two’s  and marching in a circle. Procedures: Have the children sit in a circle ( it’s preferable if they are sitting on a marked line or red tape.) Play the musical excerpt Stars & Stripes Forever (you can find it free here ) Have students tap out the beat or pulse on their knees. Have them clap the beat Next, have them count in groups of 2.   (While clapping beat say: 1-2-1-2-1-2) Ask them to stand up and stomp the beat while standing in circle Repeat these if you times in order to reinforce the concept When you think they are ready. ask them to begin marching to the right  on the beat.  This make take some practice.   Remember to have fun and……  Happy Fourth of July           Please follow and like...

Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages

Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice and school has been out for a couple weeks here in the Bay Area. Are you starting to run out of activities to do with your kids already? Well we have you covered! Get out there and enjoy the fresh air, or stay in and play some music. Either way, enjoy your time off because Fall is just around the corner and school will start before you know it! Sunday Streets SF Where to Take Kids in the Bay Area 27 Things to do With Kids in San Francisco 50 Things to Do Now, Bay Area Summer Programs, Bay Area 101 Fun Things to Do With Kids this Summer     Please follow and like...

Alphabet Rockers: A Fun Musical Experience For You and Your Child This Summer!

Meet Tommy Shepard Jr.!  This wonderful musician has partners with Music In Schools Today bringing residencies to Bay Area youth. Tommy is also the Musical Director for Alphabet Rockers. Alphabet Rockers spark an intergenerational conversation about the world through music and dance for all ages. Partnering with thought leaders on anti-bias and child development, they create empowering, engaging concerts and activities for young children, families, and educators. Each performance  is an energetic, authentic hip hop experience that delivers messages of empathy and acceptance to the area’s youngest concert goers. Want to get moving to music that moves you and your child? You are in for a treat this summer because they are touring all over the Bay Area. Check out their next show this summer.  Many of their concerts are free!   Please follow and like...
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