Ducks, Musical Chords and How They Both Can Be Harmonious

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We sang our “Let’s See Who’s Here Today” song, and
then we got right to the dancing with “Wake Up” (click for song) from the television show “Lazy Town”.
“Lazy Town” is a European Import from Iceland. We have some in the library catalog.

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It’s pretty interesting and full of energy.
To read more about it click HERE.
Below you will find our dance movements and lyrics:

Wake up, Wake up. (Stretch)
It’s a great big beautiful day. (Stretch)
Wake up, wake up. (Yawn)
It’s a day to go out and play, (Yawn)
And smile at the world. (Draw smile on face)
Open your eyes and jump out the bed. (Point to eyes and blink)
You just wake up, wake up. (Jump up and out of bed)

After we finished warming up with the “Wake Up” song, we did our music lesson.

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You can see the “Music House” on the board above.
You always see the treble clef Imageupstairs and the bass clef Imagein the basement.

Our lesson this time was about CHORDS. On the board you see three notes next to each other in a line. That is more like a melody, because each note is played or sang in a row. If you stack all three notes on top of one another, they become a chord. If they are stacked, then you sing or play them all at the same time which creates “harmony”. I was actually going for a C CHORD which would have been a C (directly between the floors on the music house), E (on the first line), and G (on the second line).
You’re all super smart, so you will have noticed that we have a C and an E and a B (which is the third line). HA HA HA
So, what we actually have is a more complicated CHORD, the open Cmaj7 (C major 7th with no third) YIKES! Too much for toddlers, but I try to teach you parents and guardians as well. Smiles! I never told the kiddies this in class. We just called it C and moved on to a new song/dance I wrote that used a C and F CHORD!!!
HERE is a fun webtool that will help you figure out what notes are in what chords.

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My song is called “Fancy Dancer” and is based on a poem of the same name by Nina Payne.
I found the poem in the book, Shimmy Shake Earthquake. The Melody is all mine. I think I will do this song again at Countryside Library on 17 April. So come on out if you missed it the first time around.

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Then, I got out my handy autoharp and we sang a plucky French folk song
from The Golden Songbook called, “Les Petites Marionettes”, which means the little marionettes.
This also has simple hand movements where your fingers are up with palms forward dancing like the marionettes.
At the end there are three little turns and away they go. Click on the title above for the song.

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Our first story that morning was also one of harmony, just like musical CHORDS!

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Kali’s Song by Jeanette Winter

Kali’s song is the story of a prehistoric boy who decides to play music on his bow instead of use it to shoot arrows. What can I say? The boy had music in his heart! And people have probably had played music since the stone age. HERE is an ABC news article about it, if you’re interested.

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Now, for the part you have all been waiting for…

DUCKIES!!!

We enjoyed an entire block of things regarding ducks.
Below is a list of what we shared.

      “The Ducky Dance” which is actually the “Chicken Dance” (Made popular at wedding recptions. You know the one.)
      Draw and Tell Story, “Danny’s Winter Vacation”, from More Tell and Draw Stories by Oldfield (Danny is a Duck.)
     Hey Duck by Carin Bramson
      The famous Sesame Street Song, “Rubber Ducky” 
      Peep and Ducky by David Martin
(Peep and Ducky have learn the ins and outs of playing together in HARMONY)

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And when we got back from ducky world, it was time to learn some rhythm.
Everyone got some sticks or bells, and we played the “Copy my Rhythm” game.
Everyone listened to the rhythm I played and repeated it.
We started simple and gradually got more complicated.
We used songs that we had sang or played earlier and looked at the notes on the sheet music,
so we could see how more flags on a note makes it move faster.

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Look, you can even see Danny Duck from our draw and tell story on the chalk board!

The final act included:

      Who Bop by Jonathan London
The Nursery Rhyme, “Banbury Cross” with movements

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross, (Riding horse, holding reigns)
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, (Wiggle fingers, wiggle toes)
And she shall have music wherever she goes. (Ride horse again)

See you next time. And don’t forget to have fun with music and stories at home.

-Mr. David

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