Kids Can Compose Creative Fun Throughout the Year By Nicole LeGrand Book and CD+ 32 pages Grades 1 - 5
This collection of lessons will enable your studnets to create their own melodies in a hands-on, fun-filled way. The compositional process springs to life through the use of lots of engaging manipulatives and visual aids, and, thanks to the easy-to-use templates and digital files, these materials will be a snap to create. Reproducible student activities. Several of the lessons also include interactive flipcharts designed for use with Promethean boards.
Contents: Accessing the Data Files Accessing and Using the Flipcharts
Garden Songs* Snowman Song* Teddy Bear Picnic* Autumn Leaves* Egg-celent Music Song for the Birds* Terrific Twenty Dicey Ditties MaestroPieces Fantasia Pop Music On the Road Again* Round-Robin Composing A Song for SweetartsTM Onomatopoeia* Checkerboard Harmonies* Music Concrete* Contrary E-motion Person-alities *These lessons include interactive whiteboard technology flipcharts on the accompanying CD-ROM.
I primarily liked the interactive flip charts that make composing more of a "visual" thing. Kids respond better to visuals, of course! But I really liked the price, too! I will get a lot of use out of this resource.
Best Answer:White board flipcharts are sort of like a PowerPoint presentation, but they are used with interactive boards called Promethean or Smartboard. They utilize visuals, digital manipulatives and audio that are found in that one flip chart. It makes it easy to stay organized and not have to have all kinds of windows opened on your computer. I have a Promethean board that I use daily.
Unfortunately, I purchased this book with just a few weeks of school left so I did not get to use it in my classroom this year. However, I have looked through it and am very excited with its content. It has fun and engaging activities for all elementary grade levels and I'm already looking forward to using it in the fall with all my music classes. Yes, the activities are primarily for developing melodies, but they're easy enough that you could adapt them to your needs to incorporate more in-depth accompaniments if you'd like.
Overall, it is a very inexpensive resource that's teeming with good stuff, especially the flip charts. If you have a tight budget, I would highly recommend "Kids Can Compose." You're getting a lot for the money.