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In “Munchy Music and Musical Money”, students compose with M&Ms; and pennies
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Title – Munchy Music and Musical Money
By – Diane Hamilton
Primary Subject – Music
Grade Level – K-5
Objective: Compose music using minor third (S and M)
Materials: M & M’s or Skittles, Pennies, (4-6 per student depending on whether eighth notes are going to be used) Craft Sticks, (4-6) envelopes with two lines drawn across (one per student)
Procedures: Using overhead as a model, show students how to lay one M & M or penny on the top line (cutting it in half) and one on the bottom line. Repeat using the other 2 M & M’s. Lay the craft sticks on the right side of the M & M’s to make a quarter note “ta”. Ask students to sing their Munchy Music. Instruct students to copy another pattern from your example, then sing it. When students are secure in singing the patterns, ask them to create one of their own and sing it. If they can sing it, they get to eat it. If they cannot sing it, help them to create one they can sing. Sometimes they sing something different than what they write. Help them to see if the note goes up or down and then write what they sing, rather than just moving the notes around again and again. If students have knowledge of eighth notes, add one M and M or penny and two more sticks, using one across the top to make one set of eighth notes. Older students can add more notes and eighth notes.
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