Mrs. Blackwell, Music Teacher

Contact information: gblackwell@usd489.com

Weekday office hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday evenings 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Music lesson #7-Instruments and their sound/tone color/timbre May 11-15.2020

The sound or tone produced by a voice or an instrument is called tone color or timbre-pronounced tambur.

The first two examples about Peter and the Wolf introduce instruments and a specific tune played by that instrument to represent a character in the story. The music brings the story to life and makes fun viewing of a cartoon and the music that makes it come to life. This could be for younger students, but I believe it is just as enjoyable for older students a well.

1)This is a pre-introduction to Peter and the Wolf with pictures of the characters and the instruments representing each character as well as the song that represents the character. 1:37


2)Peter and the Wolf narrated by David Bowie 14:40


Orchestra Instrument Families

There are four instrument families in the orchestra—string, woodwind, brass, and percussion. The following gives examples of tone color of the various instruments. 7:13


Music lesson #6-Form—AB, ABA, rondo May 4-8, 2020

This week the enrichment will center on 3 different forms in music with song examples. Form is the overall plan of a piece of music. Form is the identification of different sections of a song.

AB Form has two distinct sections. Many times, the A section can be called a verse because it has words that keep changing and telling more of the story line. The B section is called the refrain because it stays the same—the words do not change.

Form AB—Polly Wolly Doodle 1:53


Form AB—This Old Man verse/refrain 2:51


ABA Form has three distinct sections. The A section will be the same at the beginning and the end with a new section-the B part in the middle- that is a contrasting section.

Form ABA—Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2:27


Form ABA—Shoo, Fly 2:59


Rondo form is a more expanded form. It is a song that has a repeating A section with a new section in between each A. This is an example of the simplest rondo form—ABACA. You could have a much longer rondo if you keep making up new music to place between each A section. This would be an example of a longer rondo—ABACADAEA. There are other variations of a rondo, but the most important thing is that A keeps appearing between the other sections.

ABACA rondo--youth creating on guitar 1:07


You can represent all forms by creating pictures for the different sections. I would love to see examples that you could create in picture form.

Another challenge would be to listen to a favorite song, send the title to me, and tell me what the form of the song is along with a picture drawing of the form.

Music lesson #5-melody with a review of rhythm April 27-May 1, 2020

This week we will be working on solfege using mi, sol, la, re and do.

I have also included some silly songs that are fun to sing no matter your age.

Solfege cards and song—Down By the Bay


Song-My Aunt Came Back


Music lesson #4-beat and rhythm in 3/4 and 4/4 and quiz April 20-24, 2020

Lessons for 3-5

The following links give you practice clapping rhythms and there is even a quiz on the last video.

Pick and choose what you want. Have some fun with this.

Practice rhythm in 4/4


Practice rhythm in 3/4


Rhythm adding quarter rests and quiz


Music lesson-beat and rhythm April 13-17

This week’s lesson will be about beat and rhythm. Beat is the steady pulse like a heartbeat. Rhythm is the grouping of notes into sounds and silences. Many times, it is the way the words go.

In the following videos pick and choose. I tried to find some fun ways to present beat and rhythm.

This first video recording is for the younger students. I demonstrate how to make quarter notes and rests and eighth note pairs. It is a good review of the fundamental notes.

drawing notes #1.mov

eighth note and quarter note practice easier short—45 seconds


eighth notes and quarter notes easier short—1 minute, 7seconds


quarter notes and rests and eighth notes easier short—1 minute, 9seconds


add in half notes—2minutes, 7seconds


Beet and cherry /beat and rhythm 4 minutes, 5 seconds


penguins test your rhythm knowledge 2 minutes, 57 seconds


Nutcracker rhythm 1 minute and 50 seconds


more difficult rhythms 2 minutes, 2 seconds


Music lesson-tempo April 6-10, 2020

This week’s lesson will be about tempo. Tempo is the speed of the beat.

These two videos give the names of various tempo markings and how fast or slow the music travels at each tempo.



Music demonstrating different tempos


Cartoon style fast and slow and a little moderato


Determine where pictures fit on a tempo line. Open in hyperlink.


Demonstrate tempo by taking a video. Open in hyperlink.


The following link is a Line Rider video to the music Mountain King. The music starts very slowly-Largo- and gradually speeds up, ending very fast-Presto. This music also is a good review of dynamics p, mp, f, ff, and has accents-sudden loud sounds. The symbol for an accent is >.


Music lesson-dynamics April 1-3, 2020

This week’s lesson will be a review of dynamics. Dynamics are the loudness or softness of a sound like f, forte-loud and p, piano-soft. Here are the basic dynamic levels—

pp pianissimo very soft

p piano soft

mp mezzo piano medium soft

f forte loud

ff fortissimo very loud

cresc. Crescendo growing louder

dim. diminuendo growing softer

decresc. Decrescendo growing softer

Keeping these dynamic levels in mind, listen to the you tube video--Line Riders Beethoven’s Fifth and notice the dynamics used in this symphony. It is very cool!!!!

Two more dynamic specific you tube videos are the following: 1) forte piano – music K8.com and 2) crescendo decrescendo music K-8.com.

There are others that you can explore on you tube on your own if you would like. Have fun with sounds that are both loud and soft and in between.