Yourself with Music Basics
This is a good reference bulletin board that
could be left up all year. Basically the board lists
some elements of music and defines them (or gives
examples). A large anchor with robe is placed in the
center and fish accents dress up the rest of the board.
You can use desktop publishing software to
create cool oceanic letters for the title and headings.
Create the anchor from construction paper,
aluminum foil or styrofoam that you have carved and painted.
Add some more nautical touches with nets,
goggles, sailor hats, etc... around the boarder of the
bulletin board is great for back to school.
Print out several different sea creatures and add them
to a bulletin board backed in blue paper. On
each of the sea creatures write an activity that will
take place in music class this year: dancing,
singing, all district choir, recorders, etc....
interest to the background by rubbing the blue paper
with green, blue and yellow chalk. If you are
brave try using bubble wrap on top of the blue paper.
Looks cool, sounds cool, and probably won't make
it a week! :-)
a Little Fishy
several fish and write rhythms on them in different
meters. Add to a blue background and add the
heading "Sounds a Little Fishy" and the
subheading "Look at the rhythm fish.
Which fish does not have four beats?"
fun fonts to make the headings more interesting.
"FISHY" was created using the font
Bubbleman which you can download for free.
fishy fun ideas include using bubblewrap for border
or background, using ZooPal plates for the fish, or
using aluminum foil for parts of the fish or parts
of the border.
Get Hooked On Music
(submitted by Kate)
This is a bulletin board idea that I
used in the late spring to promote music-related activities for kids over the
summer. The title says, "Get Hooked on Music." It is on a blue
background paper, with fish shapes and hooks made out of colored construction
paper. I used black yarn, stapled to the background paper, to illustrate the
fish "line" going down. On each fish, I wrote a music-related
activity, such as: *read a book about music *attend a free municipal band
concert at the city bandshell *research a composer on the Internet *sing a song
with your family in the car *check out a tape or CD from the public library
(other ideas could certainly be added)
What's Happening in Music!"
At the beginning of the year, I like to put up a BB in the hallway outside
my room. It highlights the activities students can expect to do in music. This
year's BB was titled "'Sea' What's Happening in Music." using a blue
background and sea creature cut-outs, I listed music activities such as choir,
recorders, dancing, listening, singing, playing instruments, composing,
improvising, chimes, etc.
Last year, I used the same idea with the title, "Music is a BUNCH of
Fun!" and created a big cluster of purple grapes on a green background.
Ocean of Operas
bulletin board takes a bit of preparations, but the
rewards are worth it. First you need to print out (from
your favorite publishing software) several sea shells of
different shapes and colors. They need to be about 3-4
inches big so that you can write names on them and they
can be seen from a small distance. After you have cut
out the seashells take a piece of plain construction
paper and trace the outline of that shell onto it. This
will be the "shadow" of the shell. Staple the
shadow directly behind the colored shell. On the colored
front shell you should write the name of a famous opera.
On the inside (shadow) you should write the composer of
the opera. Students can then lift the top shell and see
who wrote the opera. .
apply these to a bulletin board with a plain blue
background. Some other neat backgrounds to try may be a
plain blue paper with waves drawn with white crayon or
chalk. Cover that with a blue plastic wrap for a cool
some of the operas I would suggest you use: "Amahl
and the Night Visitors" by Gian Carlo Menotti,
"The Ballad of Baby Doe" by Douglas Moore,
"The Barber of Sevil" by Gioacchino Rossini,
"Carmen" by George Bizet, "Don Juan"
by Wolfgang Mozart, "Hansel and Gretel" by
Engle Humperdinck, "Madam Butterfly" by
Giocomo Pucchini, "The Magic Flute" by Mozart,
"Samson and Delilah" by Camille Saint-Saens,
"Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin, "Treemonisha"
by Scott Joplin.
board is titled, "Under the Sea." The themed
tied in with music about the ocean and whales. The board
background was dark blue paper. Along the bottom edge
was a border of brown rocks. Bubbles (white construction
paper) "floated" in the water amongst fish,
crabs, sea plants, and sharks. Each ocean animal had a
string attached to it's mouth. The animal was labeled
with a note symbol (q x h ). The bubbles were labeled
with the beat value of each note in 4/4 time. The
students could use time before class to match the fish
to the bubble. This board worked really well with 3 - 5
graders. They would try to see how fast they could match
up the right pairs. I would occasionally move the
bubbles so that the students would have to think -- not
memorize placement -- to get the pairs together.
bulletin board contains sets of fish in various
colors with quarter notes or eighth notes on them.
In each group there is a large fish that displays
a time signature. The little fish that follow the
big fish are wearing either quarter notes of
eighth notes (for 6-8 time). There are 4 fish with
quarter notes following the 4-4 time fish and they
are all the same color. Three with quarter notes
for 3-4 and so on. The picture for this one will
help immensely! It will be up soon!!!
This bulletin board is great for introducing
time signatures or strong beat/weak beat. The
"beats" are smaller fish and the strong
beats are placed a little higher than the weaker
beats. I usually put four groups up, 4-4 time, 3-4
time, 2-4 time and 6-8 time (with eighth notes on
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