This week, I'm blogging about my playlists for each grade level, in my music room. For more information about how and why I'm using playlists, check out this post. Today, let's talk about third grade!
Here are three recordings from my third grade playlist:
This is one of my absolute favorite folk dances! It is a really fun mixer that students LOVE. It looks like it's not available as a single track on iTunes, but can be purchased with this resource, which is a really wonderful book of folk dances.
This summer, I read “World Music Pedagogy, Volume 2,” by Amy Beegle and my friend Christopher Roberts. It is a really wonderful read for any elementary music educator. A lesson for this track, “Wau Rauh,” was laid out in the book, and I'd like to try this with my third graders, to raise awareness of another culture, to have students think critically about instrumentation and melody, and to practice re.
This is one of my favorites by Kodály! I use this in third grade after students learn 4-beat meter, or 4/4, so they can practice the conducting pattern. I've also used it in younger grades, to have students make up a story around a particular theme and then act it out.