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Dear Parents and Families,

You are welcome to do one or more activities. It is best if a sibling or parent can play with the child on each activity. I sure hope you find this a ton of fun. I know I love doing them in the classroom. Please check back, I will be adding more great music activities as I get them created.

Lisa Bee
Osseo Elementary
4k through 5th grade Elementary Music
715-597-3196 Extension 3353

Here are some new activities. There is one activity for each day this week. These are not required. They are for fun and for music learning.

East St. Louis Toodle-oo

Learning Target: Move different parts of your body to the beat.

This is such a fun song. Move your elbows, nod your head,twist, step side to side, raise and lower your knees, bend your wrists, turn in a circle or create your own movement to this song.

Do it again and pretend you are a scarecrow as you repeat the movements.

Friendship Theme

Learning Target: Experience shadowing with a partner to music in ¾ time.

Move slowly as you copy movements by yourself in a mirror. (OR) Move slowly while a partner copies your movements. Switch and let your partner be the leader. How did it feel to be a leader? How did it feel to follow? Were you able to look exactly the same as each other the entire time?

Repeat this activity but this time partners do not face each other but both face the same direction. In other words the follower is looking at the leader’s back. Switch and let the next leader be in front.

Gabriel’s Oboe

Learning Target: Experience shadowing with a partner to music in ¾ time.

Do this activity but have partners do both face the same direction. In other words the follower is looking at the leader’s back. Switch and let the next leader be in front. Move to the music. Discuss with your partner what was difficult, what was easy, and how to make changes so that you both look the same-like a shadow. Hint: Move slowly.

Gavotte #1 from English Suite

Learning Target: Experience two part form. Feel half rests with a half note pulse. Remember half rests are two beats long.


Picture Chart 1-Rhythms

Picture Chart 2-Stars and Diamonds

  • This activity is a ton of fun for the kids in the classroom.

  • Listen to the recording and keep the beat.

  • Listen again and clap the star rhythm only as you listen. It is the (theme A) melody or the star pattern in chart 2. Listen and repeat this step again if you have trouble clapping the rhythm. See chart 1.

  • Listen again and pat 4 half note rests for each diamond or the (B theme) in chart 2.

  • Create-Extend this activity by creating a hand game for the diamonds. The hand game should be 8 beats long and can be done alone or with a partner. For the hand game think a patti-cake type pattern.

  • Repeat as needed to perfect and practice.

  • Repeat again but create a new hand pattern for the diamond shapes. Remember the pattern needs to be 8 beats long.

If Love Now Reigned

Learning Target: Listen to a recorder. Experience Timbre.

Timbre refers to the quality of a sound made by a particular voice or musical instrument; timbre is useful in being distinct from pitch, intensity, and loudness as a descriptor of sound.

Listen and answer the following questions.

Question 1: What instruments do you hear in addition to the recorders?

Question 2: How does this music make you feel?

Stars and Stripes Forever

Learning target: March while keeping the beat.
March to this music. Did you know this is the tune of the Osseo-Fairchild school song?

Syncopated Clock
Learning Target: Steady Beat
Keep the beat by making tick tock motions with different body parts.
Use your arms, legs, head wrists, elbows etc.
If you have a silky scarf around your house, walk around the room dabbing it into the air or making polka-a dots.
If the music is smooth, stop and swing the scarf side to side. Or toss it in the air and catch it.
What do you think happened to the clock at the very end of the song?
from La Primavera from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi
taberna quando sumus from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
by Johann Schein

Andante from Symphony #94 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Target: Learn two dynamic markings and what they mean: forte (f)=loud and piano (p)=soft in music. Experience these in listening examples listed above.
Each of the selections above give examples of piano and forte in music. Keep your hands close together when the music is soft or piana and spread your hands apart when the music is loud or forte. Repeat each activity and listen to the music with your eyes closed while showing the forte and piano in the music. Remember to have your volume turned up on your chromebook, computer or phone.

Chinese Dance from the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
Learning Target: Hear phrases and tap eight notes and quarter notes in the phrases of music.
an 8 beat introduction
Part 1 tap your fists on your knees for 8 beats alternating your hands playing the eighth notes or ti-ti
Part 2 tap your hands on the floor for 8 times doing the quarter note pulse hands together 8 times.
Continue alternating between part 1 and part 2 five times.
Then Part 2 three additional times. On the last beat raise your arms in the air.
Repeat this activity until you are secure on it. Then try it with some wooden spoons if you have them. Please ask your parents for permission to try the activity above with wooden spoons or spatulas.

Etude #2, Opus 10 by Frederic Chopin
Learning Target: Describe music, tell how it makes you feel, describe what you hear and move to the music.
to the piece. Answer the following questions.
What instrument did you hear?
Describe the music.
How did the music make you feel?
Was the music high or low? Fast or slow?
Listen again a second time. Did the music remind you of the wind. Move like a leaf or a kite being blown around by the wind

Funeral March of a Marionette by Charles Gounod

Learning Target: Feel the pulse of music or beat

Keep the beat to this music on your lap. Find out what a marionette is. Discuss the title what does the title mean? Walk around like your arms and legs are tied to strings like a marionette to the music. Tell someone what you liked about the music. “ I liked the…”

For instance, I like the loud accented parts in the music.

Hanyome Ningyo from Japanese Melodies for Flute and Harp

Learning Target: Listen to the sound of a flute and harp.

If you have a scarf move to the music through space while swaying the scarf. If you do not have one, move with your arms. Explore moving high and low to the sound of each instrument. First time move when you hear the harp. Try it a second time and move to the sounds of the flute only.

Hungarian Dance by Johannes Brahms

Learning Target: Listen to a piece with major and minor passages

Listen to the piece and answer the following questions.

The form of this piece is Introduction, ABABCBA.

Can you find the sections that are happy?

Can you identify the section that is sad?

Can you hear the section that is scary?

Listen a second time: Act out the music. Skip on the A section, hide and act frightened on the B section, and act joyful on the C section like you are celebrating. {Pretend you are lost and then suddenly you find your parents for part C.}

King of Pride Rock

Learning Target: Move through time and space.

Listen to this music. You only need to listen to the first 60 seconds. Listen longer if you wish.

Can you guess what Disney movie this comes from?

Listen again. Remember to remain silent as you listen. Get a partner. Mirror each other. Try to bend, flex, twist, turn, push, pull, expand, collapse as you mirror each other. Repeat and let your partner now be the leader.

Rhythms of Life by Ephat Mujuru

Learning Target: Explore different ways to keep the beat.

As you listen, explore different ways to keep the beat. Use different body parts and movements to show the beat of this music. Use your hands, knees, wrists, hips, legs, feet,fingers elbows, waist, head, etc. Ask a friend to move with you and share different movement ideas with each other by copying one another.

Tortoises by Camille St. Saens

Learning Target: Learn how this composer wrote a musical joke. Discover slow music.

This music is the Can Can melody. It is a lively and very, very fast piece of music. Here is an example of it in its original form. Move quickly to it for fun.

Offenbach - Can Can Music

Camille St. Saens, a French composer decided to write a musical joke for his students at the music conservatory. He slowed the “Can Can” music down and called it Tortoises. A tortoise moves very slowly. Can you move as slowly as a tortoise to the Tortoise music? Can you hear the “Can Can” melody in Tortoises?

Here is a video about Tortoises who live in the Galapagos Islands.

The Galápagos Giant Tortoise is the largest tortoise on the planet. These giant animals have become the master of survival and continue to live a slow and peaceful life on the Galápagos Islands.

Aquarium by Camille St. Saens

Learning Target: Learn how this composer wrote a musical joke.

Baby Elephant Walk by Henry Mancini

Learning Target: Listen to a great piece or fun jazz music.

Just have fun listening to this piece. What style of music do you think this piece is? Can you hear the tuba which is in the brass family. Walk like a baby elephant swinging its trunk. :)

Danse Macabre

Learning Target:

Could you hear a familiar tune in this song? Can you hear the violins, a flute, the woodwinds, or drums? 

Dies irae

Viennese Musical Clock from Harry Janos Suite

Fossils from Carnival of the Animals

Percussion from Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Sabre Dance


Rondeau by Mouret

Learning Target: Learn about the Percussion Family. Hear examples of timpani, crash cymbals, xylophone, snare drum, bass drum, and chimes. Discover that all percussion instruments make their sound by striking the instrument.

Dies Irae

Which drum plays the accents in the first part of this recording?

Viennese Musical Clock

Which Instrument plays the introduction?


Raise your hand when you hear the xylophone. The xylophone is supposed to sound like rock or bone clicks.

Percussion from Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Which three percussion instruments do you hear?

Listen a second and third time. Do you hear any other percussion instruments in the background? See if you can hear a triangle or a tambourine.

Sabre Dance

Can you hear the xylophone in this piece?


Can you hear the snare drum in this piece?

Rondeau by Mouret

Can you hear the timpani in this piece?

*Click orange links to listen to songs.

Learning Target: Music Form
There are 2 parts to this music. A and B. The song is ABA which in music is known as form.
Can you skip to the A music?
Can you Gallop to the B music?
Can you hear when the music changes? 
Be sure and repeat this activity several times.
Change your A and B motions to get more creative.


Learning Target: Hear changes in tempo and dynamics (tempo=speed of the music and dynamics = loud and soft in the music)
Keep the beat in your lap using spider fingers as you listen. Repeat and listen a second time.
Answer these questions:
What did you hear and notice in the music?
How did the music make you feel?
Did the music seem spooky?
Did you hear the music get louder and faster?


Learning Target: Hear and move to music that has a fast tempo
Can you wash clothes by hand? Pretend you have no electricity and no washer of dryer. How would you wash your clothes? How would you dry them? Where would you get your water? Would you wash your clothes in cold or hot water? Would you use soap? How would you scrub out the dirt? As you listen to this music act out washing clothes by hand. Repeat this activity but this time act out cooking something while you pretend you have no electricity. Are you thankful for electricity? The Irish Washerwoman had no electricity. Her chores would have included washing clothes using a washboard, wringing out the clothes, hanging the clothes on clothesline, dusting the house, sweeping the floor, stirring the stew, ironing the clothes etc.


Carly Simon

Little Richard

Learning Target: Compare two versions of this song.
Enjoy two versions of the Itsy Bitsy Spider by listening to each. Move your fingers like a spider to the first one by Carly Simon.
Dance like crazy to the one by Little Richard.
How are they different? How are they the same? Which one is your favorite or do you like both?


Learning Target: Hear a Celeste or Celesta as seen below.
Can you move like a puppet/marionette to this music? Can you spin and untangle your strings when you hear the celeste play a solo? It happens in the music at about 1:03.
What other instrument does the celeste look like? See picture

celesta | \ sə-ˈle-stə , chə- \   variants: or celeste \ sə-ˈlest , chə- \
Definition of celesta: a keyboard instrument with hammers that strike steel plates producing a tone similar to that of a glockenspiel
Does it sound like a piano to you?
Does the sound of it remind you of a music box?