Mr. Mo's Music Education Blog

“Carnival of the Animals” Plastique Program

Our 2nd graders annually present Saint-Saens orchestral suite “The Carnival of the Animals.”  We read poetry, create movement interpretations of the pieces, and sing related songs.  Here is a “highlight reel” of the movement interpretations that we have performed.

Teaching Music as a Language

I have always thought about teaching music in terms of language acquisition.  One of my most impactful experiences as a young musician was studying music with Dwayne Dolphin.  This master musician turned me on to the idea that music was […]

Melodic Metric Transformation

One activity that I love involves metric transformation.  We take a simple song, in this case “How Do You Do?” and sing it initially in 3/4 time.  We walk the beat and shake hands on the strong beat.  Then we […]