7/14/12

Mighty Musicians! (...plus a giveaway!!)


Happy Saturday!

Well as some of you may have noticed, I haven't been around a lot lately. I've been a bit busy....my friend Nichole and I recently wrote a whole new curriculum and taught a new music class for 5- and 6-year-olds. We call it Mighty Musicians and it was a big success! We are so excited to share it with you all, and I've been working like crazy getting these lesson plans all ready to go.

Our Mighty Musicians class is similar to the Early Explorers course (and I *promise* to have more of those lesson plans available soon as well!), but geared toward those 5- and 6-year-olds who are able to catch on and then apply the musical concepts a little more quickly than the preschoolers. This class is very fun, and it involves lots of singing and movement and creative play with the music, but it also has some basic piano technique elements involved to give those kids a great and fun intro to piano lessons! At each class, students get to play simple pre-staff notation pieces at the piano, and they also get to compose their very own songs! We learn about some famous composers and their music and just have a blast singing and moving and listening.

We have five lesson plans that will soon be available for this class (for either a week-long camp or a five-week course). Each lesson is for a one-hour session. Our plan is to get a new one up and available each week....so stay tuned!

TODAY, the first lesson plan, Night & Day: Music Tells a Story, is available for purchase on my "Lesson Plans for Sale" page, and we will also be giving away ONE free copy to a lucky reader!!

The format of the lesson plan is a downloadable e-book, which is awesome because once you purchase it you can print out as many copies of the pages as you need for your class. It is 82 pages chock full of awesomeness...aside from the actual lesson plan and teacher's guide, there are plenty of resources, printables, songs, clipart, and visual aids, and it also includes a ten-page student take-home book! We think you're going to love it :)

So a little about this lesson plan - we talk about how music tells a story! We do this all within the fun theme of "Night & Day." We go over some basic musical elements, learn a little about Edvard Grieg and a couple of his famous pieces, sing and move to his music, improvise at the piano, write our own compositions using the musical elements we learned about, learn some basic keyboard topography and play a simple piano piece!

Here are some sneak peeks into the lesson plan and its contents -



So would you like to win a FREE copy of this lesson plan? Just leave a comment! You may receive ONE extra entry into the giveaway by posting about this giveaway on your blog or facebook page (leave an extra comment to let me know you did it). Giveaway ends on Friday, July 20 at 11:59 pm Central time. I'll announce the winner next Saturday.

27 comments:

Lana said...

So glad that I came across your blog! I have never done a summer camp for students, but I am totally inspired since reading about yours! Thanks for sharing!

Angie said...

This looks fun. I'd like to start doing summer camps in 2013.

JenSwen said...

I would love to try this! You are so creative.

JeremyandElizabeth said...

Sounds super fun! I'd love to try it out. :)

Melody Payne said...

Ooh...this sounds terrific!! Working with that age group is a blast :)

Brenda said...

What a great resource, especially to capture the interest of this age group!

Rachel Katsma said...

We are loving Wunderkeys so I'm sure this would be the next exciting step!

Kelly said...

I would love to start something like this in my neighborhood. My daughter is 6 and this would be so great for her!

imaginationmanor said...

Love, love, love this! I love your posts; you have given me so much inspiration with my own Piano Students in the UK.

melody said...

This looks great! I love how you wove all the elements together around the music of a famous composer.

imaginationmanor said...

I have also shared this on my facebook page :0)

Emily M said...

I just had my first camp for 4-6 year olds last week. I'd love to use this for the next time I hold a camp! This looks great and so organized.

Anonymous said...

Sounds so fun! Your website is great.

whitney p

Joy Morin said...

Looks great, Jenny!! I'd love to try this!

Anonymous said...

I shared this on my fb page. Thanks!

whitney p

Heidi said...

This looks like so much fun!

krysta said...

I'm planning to start a camp very much like this one next summer - I would love to see some of your ideas!

Hannah said...

Wow! That looks amazing. :)

jzuber said...

I just finished a pre-piano camp last week. I'd love to see your ideas!

Anonymous said...

I love all your ideas!!! I'm just starting a Music Camp this week, and have used resources from a lot of blogging friends!
I'd love to be able to view your Mighty Musician course, and would like to have a freebie, of course! Thanks for making this available!
Aleta

Anonymous said...

I also posted to my Facebook page. Thanks again!
Aleta

dianne c said...

I love how you integrate so many learning styles. I find that my kids - little and big, learn so much more by integrating listening, movement and improvisation. I would love to know more about "Night and Day".

Brenda said...

Hope to win. I love reading your ideas!!!
Brenda

Leah said...

I am a little late in the game to do a camp in 2012, but I am already excited to plan one for 2013...this would really come in handy with my planning :)

Becky said...

Would love to do this with my girls

megan hughes said...

This really looks like something I could use. I like the story idea and the integrated curriculum. This is so different from standard piano texts.

Janelle said...

I love working with this age group! This looks really well thought out.

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