By Artie Almeida
A collection of engaging units for using mallet instruments in the music classroom. Exciting collection of activities for mallet percussion instruments that will energize your classroom and promote learning in the concept areas of beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, form and expressive qualities through the use of songs, poems, music-to-literature connections and reproducible flashcards. Thanks to its unique rotation system, your students will play all the mallet percussion instruments in your classroom as well as many of the non-pitched instruments. Suggestions for adapting the activities for use in classrooms with few or even no mallet instruments are also given. Whether presented as a unit or spread over a semester or school year, Mallet Madness will fully engage students and you will love the skills and musicality they develop during these lessons.
Introduction, Instrument Setup, Sample Floor Plans, The Rotation, Before You Begin: A Few
Reminders, Music & Literature Connections Suggestions, Pentatonic Scales, Getting Started: Tips for
Success, Warm-Ups (Grades K-6), Body Director (Grades K-6).
Notes and Rests (Grades 1-6), Crazy Eights (Grades 3-6), Instrument Hopscotch (Grades 3-6),
Pease Porridge (Grades 2-6), 1-2 Buckle My Shoe (Grades K-3), Jack and Jill (Grades K-6),
2-4-6-8 (Grades 2-6), Walk the Dog (Grades K-3), Fuzzy Wuzzy (Grades 3-6), Peanut Butter
Pie (Grades 3-6), The Respect Rap (Grades 2-6), Icka Backa Boo (Grades 2-4).
Melodic Explorations: Direction & Register (Grades K-6), Up and Down in Mallet Town (Grades
K-6), C Scale Explorations (Grades 2-6), Little Bunny Foo-Foo (Grades K-3), Wee Willie Winkie
(Grades K-4), The Grand Old Duke of York (Grades K-6), Chinese Ribbon Dance (Grades 3-6).
Aleatoric Music (Grades K-6), Listen to the Glockenspiels (Grades 2-6).
Borduns (Grades 2-6).
Music & Literature Connections:
Jump Frog Jump! (Grades K-2), Mortimer (Grades K-3), In the Tall Tall Grass (Grades K-3),
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop (Grades K-3), Rumble in the Jungle (Grades K-6), Peanut Butter
and Jelly (Grades K-3), Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (Grades 1-4),
Caps for Sale (Grades 1-4), Old Black Fly (Grades 1-4), There Were Ten in the Bed (Grades 1-4).
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