Music Monday

Today is Music Monday. It is a nation wide celebration of music and music education, always on the first Monday in May.

Schools celebrate Music Monday in a variety of ways. Some schools go outside and have a sing along in the great outdoors. Others have a sing along over the announcements. Some go to a special celebration in a city park designed to bring schools together.

Our Music Monday celebration today was a mini concert with a variety of students speaking, performing and singing. Below is what we did and hopefully it will give you some ideas for a Music Monday celebration at your school next year.

First up, we had our choir present two songs that they have learned in April. One was a Tamil Lullaby and the other was a great jazz piece from Doug Goodkin called “Step Back Baby”.

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Next, I introduced my student who spoke about my teaching partner and the impact that her teaching has had on him.

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Some grade four and five students then led the school in some actions to go along with the Music Monday song “We Are One”

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Our school had raised some money in honour of my music teaching partner, Ms. Lynda Wulkan, and we had a presentation to Brampton Animal Services.  (Some of our grade 2 teachers made the cheque. They used bristol board and markers and it looked fantastic.)

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Next in our presentation we had groups of grade two students do movement pieces to go along with the Carnival of The Animals. There were…

Kangaroos

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Lions

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and the Aquarium

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We finished up our presentation today with an excerpt from Peter and The Wolf.  The students acted out a part of the story and showed the instruments that are used in the story.

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I hope you had a great Music Monday! It is a great way to bring community and school together to focus on the importance of Music Education. Music programs are vital to creating vibrant, creative and successful communities.

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The Author

Tammy Axt

I am a music teacher at Red Willow Public School in the Peel District School Board. I love supporting students through the creative process and grooving to music! My interests include running and trying to learn how to ride a motorcycle.

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