Thursday, 14 May 2020


Today's Focus - Tempo in Music

Tempo  = the SPEED of the music

In music, we can play or sing at different speeds. 
We use Italian words to tell us how fast or slow to go. 

Here are some videos to help you understand TEMPO - 

The Music Slow -
Classical MPR -
Mr Greg -

Meter, Time Signatures and Barlines - Gr.2 & Up

Today's Focus - Meter, Time Signatures and Bar Lines 

Monday, 11 May 2020

Ms. Ashley's Virtual Music Room - Kindergarten & Cycle 1

(This photo is not interactive/ clickable - see link below to visit the *NEW* interactive page)

Click HERE to view Ms. Ashley's Virtual Music Room

This interactive Virtual Music Room is intended for Kindergarten, Gr 1 & Gr. 2 Students.
It will be updated over the coming weeks and may be used as a way to stay in touch with students who are learning from home. Check it often to stay up-to-date! :)

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Stuck in the House

Stuck in the House -
A Parody song by Ms. Ashley & Miss Jen

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Friday, 24 April 2020

Dynamics in Music (Grades 1 - 4)

Today's Focus - Dynamics in Music 

DYNAMICS is the musical term for VOLUME in music. It is one of the fundamental elements of music.
When we first start to talk about dynamics, we think about loud and soft (or quiet). In music terms, we say loud is forte and soft is piano. Students quickly learn that there is much more to dynamics than these two opposites.
Take a look at some of these links and videos to get a better idea about what Dynamics in music is all about.

Click HERE for Dynamics Music in Motion Activity Guide
Click HERE for FREE Printable Dynamics Game
Click HERE for MusicPlay - Find LOUD and QUIET Game on the Right side

What is Dynamics? - Mr. Greg (Gr. 1-2)
Quiet and Loud (k-1)
The Loud and Soft Song

Decibella and Her 6-inch Voice (Volume of our voice - Gr.1-2)

Quiet and Loud - The Musical World of Mr. Zoink (Gr.1-2)

The Music Show - Forte Piano
Piano and Forte

Learn about Dynamics - Denise Gagne
Elements of Music - Dynamics

Music Dynamics 

Dynamics in Music - Pump up the Volume

Crescendo / Decrescendo
Haydn's Surprise Symphony - Example of dynamics in music 

** Please note that we do not own any of the videos in this blog post. Videos have been previously uploaded to Youtube by other users. These resources are to be used for education and personal entertainment purposes only. 

Cool Videos About Music

The Kids Should See This  - Videos about Music 

Came across an awesome video about about Peter and the Wolf on The Kids Should See This website. You may already be familiar with it, but if not - there are 543 cool videos for kids related to music for you to check out!

Click HERE to go to The Kids Should See This website

Click on the links below to watch some favourites:

Peter and the Wolf (The orchestra classic - a mixture of animation, music symbols and musicians)

The Sound of Wood - From Sapling to Violin (How a violin is made)

The Orchestra  (music and emotions)

The Culture of Us - (Yo-Yo Ma's crowd-sourced music video)

Giant Forest Xylophone in Japan  - (Wooden xylophone plays Bach)

Classical Piano Comes Alive with Light

46 Nintendo Melodies Mashup in Animated video

The Octobass

Ice Drumming on Lake Baikal

La Campanella Played on a Glass Harp

Let It Go Played on glasses, pots and pans

Carnival of Animals - Camille Saint-Saens

The Viola Maker

Len Solomon's DIY Instruments

Drawings Translated into Music

How A Saxophone is Made

How Cymbals are Made

How a Trumpet in Made

How A Flamenco Guitar is Made

How a Grand Piano is Made

How Drums are Made

Jazz Music

Music Genres - Jazz

Ms. Ashley here
Jazz music has been at the heart of my love of music since as long as I can remember. I studied Jazz at Concordia University and love singing Jazz music. 
Jazz is a genre of music that originated in the late 19th and early 20th century. It is a collaboration of musicians and vocalists and a wonderful celebration of what each artist brings to the table. 
There are many elements to Jazz - including improvisation, swing, blues and ragtime. 
Take a look below to find out more! 

For younger students -

Jazz for Kids Youtube Playlist
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Academy Youtube Videos

What is Jazz?

For Older students (Gr 3 +)

Jazz is the Mother of Hip-Hop
What is Improvisation?
What is The Blues?
What is Free Jazz?
What is Swing?
What is Ragtime?
Exploring New Orleans

Classics for all to enjoy:
Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing 
Duke Ellington Orchestra - Take the A Train
The Life and Music of Dave Brubeck

Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong - Hello Dolly
Louis Armstrong - When You're Smiling
Billie Holiday - I'll Be Seeing You
Ella Fitzgerald - It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing
Count Basie - Corner Pocket

Jazz Standards

Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition 2019 - Whisper Not
Oscar Peterson and Count Basie

For More INFO -
Classics for Kids - Jazz
Classics for Kids - Rhapsody in Blue
Classics for Kids - Ragtime Music
Classics for Kids - William Grant Still

Jazz Listening and History