2nd Grade

Spring Concert

The students did a fabulous job at their spring concert.  I am so proud of you!!!












Composing Songs

In this activity, the students are working on creating their own songs and performing them on Orff instruments.  To do this, they must understand how to write music on the staff and also how to correctly use the rhythms that we have learned so far.  I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

Sound of Music

Today in class we looked at a small clip from the Sound of Music.  The students were mesmerized.  Of course, we also had to sing the infamous Do-Re-Mi song afterward.  Next week we will be adding an instrumental part on Orff instruments.

Rocky Mountainrocky

In this activity, the students were using Orff instruments to create an instrumental pattern that we played while we sang the song Rocky  Mountain.  This particular song in a milestone in our journey to read music.  We have reached a point where we can sing 5-note songs and process the form of music into patterns.

obwOld Brass Wagon

The students are continuing to practice 16th notes with a variety of activities.  In this lesson, they are working on using a giant stretchy band to perform the song Old Brass Wagon and do the motions that accompany the song.  In the future we will work on creating our own rhythm patterns, using 16th notes, to perform the song and make it their own!

hcbHot Cross Buns

Over the last couple of lessons, we have used this song to learn about do-re-mi.  We use solfege (do-re-mi) to learn how to sing a song.  We use note names (think of the lines and spaces on the music staff) to perform a song on instruments.  After we learned how to sign this song we transferred that skill onto Orff instrument.  We believe that all students can express themselves musically.  Some will prefer their voice and others will prefer an instrument.

Autumn Storyautumn

In this activity, we created a soundscape to accompany a story about a scene deeps in the woods with forest animals.  They students were placed into five groups and had to perform along with their character!


Turkey, Turkey Gobbler

In this classic song, the students are using their voice to reinforce recently learned melodic material.  They also get to have fun as they perform a game at the end of the song in which one student tries to catch another while they are blindfolded.


Creepy Crawly Spiders

The students are continuing to make the connections between singing and performing on instruments.  Today we took a song we know how to sing and figured it out on Orff instruments.  The students love having the opportunity to express themselves musically in a variety of ways.


Are You Creeping?

As the students continue to learn how to become music literate they also learn how to make music their own.  One of the ways in which we do this is by taking a song they know (in this case Are You Sleeping) and changing the words.  The students also created special movements to add to the song that accented the story.  Finally, we added several types of untuned percussion instruments.

2Mozart, “Allegro” from Symphony No. 1

The students have been singing a folk song called Bow, Wow, Wow to learn about a new low note.  I thought it would be a good idea to also show them a song written by Mozart that uses the same pattern.  The students LOVED watching the orchestra perform!  The best part was watching their eyes when I told them Mozart was their age (8 years old) when he wrote this piece of music!

compositionClass Composition

Students were placed into eight groups and given the task of deciding when they would perform over the course of a nine beat song.  They choose the instruments they would like and practiced their individual parts.  Finally, we put it all together and they got to see a full class composition with multiple layers going on at the same time!


This is a song about dinosaurs that they students used to create instrumental parts.  They added shape drums and heavy stomps as they performed the song.  They even created special lighting effects with the classroom lights to imitate lightning.  They are so creative!

Mini Orff Songs

2ndafternoonIn second grade the students learn how to read letter names on the staff.  The students are transferring knowledge from solfege to letter names on the staff, and they performing the song on an Orff instruments as opposed to singing in solfege.


Bow, Wow, Wow

The students have really enjoyed learning this song, and THEY LOVE the dance!  Today we started to increase the tempo of the song and switch to new partners throughout the performance.  We also took a look at the shape of the melody and how the song contained a new low note.  This note will become the focus of the lesson in the future.

Here are the big goals for this year!

  1. Introduce the tonic note of the major pentatonic scale do (in the key of C, F and G)
  2. Explore the half note rhythm and rest
  3. Introduce the second degree of pentatonic scale re
  4. Introduce and Explore sixteenth notes
  5. Introduce and Explore the major pentatonic scale
  6. Explore a four-beat meter (4/4) and three-beat meter (3/4)
  7. Explore the bar line, double bar line, measure, and meter sign
  8. Explore the concept of a tie and slur
  9. Introduce the whole note rhythm and rest
  10. Explore rhythmic and melodic ostinati
  11. Explore symbols of form: repeat sign, D.C. al fine, D.S. al fine
  12. Explore dynamic markings of getting louder and softer
  13. Explore domestic literature, songs that are American in nature: Singing games, Nursery songs, Folk songs, composed songs in simple range and folk style
  14. Explore two, three or even four part cannons
  15. Use creative process to improvise rhythmic and melodic questions and answers,  short improvised melodies and rhythms are used as an ostinato to familiar songs
  16. Compare form in music of like and different melodies

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