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I made a custom tape of several different types of music and gave
students colored chalk to create lines and patterns that they heard on
paper. We pushed all the chairs back and they had to stand and get into
the "rhythm" before they started. We talked about how sounds remind of
us of colors, etc.
We also have the great honor of being visited by musicians from the
Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival. They play in my classroom and the
students create either portrait type images or abstractions inspired by
the sounds. The musicians love to display the student work at their
formal concerts at the Grand Canyon, too.
The music teacher and I used to collaborate on teaching instruments. She
would introduce them, then give me several to use for students to use as
a foundation for an imaginary creature... like a saxaphant (elephant and
saxaphone) lots of fun! I also play the music of composers that students
are learning about, and they love it when they can identify the
The list is endless :)
Kayenta Intermediate School