Using YouTube in the classroom can be a great way to supplement lessons and incorporate technology. Plus, kids love it and think it’s cool. YouTube has very educational things on it, but always watch things first, beware the user comments below the video, and turn off the pop up comments!
In addition to the educational benefits, it can also provide some humor and expose kids to some really unique, cool stuff! See below:
Looking for a way to teach a couple major compositions to your students? Well, I teach Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev and Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. I use a book, CD and short movie for each one. Usually, students watch the movies first. This helps them imagine the story and learn the instruments and themes for the characters/animals.
I use Sesame Street’s Peter and the Wolf for my younger students. It ia funny and easy-to-understand. There are several different movies for the older students if you want to show one to them as well. After the movie, we talk about the different instruments and I see if they can recognize them by sight. Older students by sight and sound. Also with upper grades we discuss motif.
For Carnival of the Animals, I use Bugs and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals. There are a few other “less interesting” movies that I have found, but Looney Tunes is fun for the kids and they can recognize the songs quick after watching it. The only problem I have with it is that back in Saint-Saens day, he named the wild mules jackasses. That song is very short and I just skip through it on the movie and give the kids a little explanation of why we are doing that – words can have a good meaning and bad meaning, a long time ago this word just had a good meaning… blah blah blah.
Anyways, if you have any other great ways to teach these compositions, let me know! I know there are worksheets and activity packets, but I haven’t purchased one of those yet.
Love this video. Piano stairs. Happy Valentine’s Day.
Why do we use the pentatonic scale? Why are there bars missing from the xylophones in elementary music class? Bobby McFerrin demonstrates.
“Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.” -YouTube.com
“Bobby McFerrin teaches how the Pentatonic scale is understood across all cultures using the audience’s assistance.” -TeacherTube.com
“Rick Miller performs Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody by 25 of the most annoying voices in the music industry.” -YouTube.com