Differentiation in Kaitlin Thomas' music classes at Hyde Academy…
Differentiation in Kaitlin Thomas' music classes at Hyde Academy
Differentiation for Middle School Choirs
Has picked up the tune, maybe has some musical experience
Work on literature covered in class so far with an iPad or PC-based program such as SmartMusic. Recording will be available as well as playback/instantaneous feedback on accuracy of notes. This will work to improve reading and listening. Students will have the option to move ahead in the literature if they are able to perform with 90% accuracy.
Is not struggling with words and may be struggling with a few pitches
Work in small groups to first watch a YouTube video on vocal technique. Then work with SmartMusic to match pitches with literature
Recordings and playback will be available on SmartMusic
Struggling with words and/or cannot match pitch
Work in small groups/ one-on-one with the teacher on vocal technique and matching pitch and/or rhythmic repetition of the words of the song
There are some students in choir with semi-documented learning disabilities, such as Dyslexia and Color-blindness. Dyslexic students would best be included in group 1 or 2, where they can easily hear the phrase they need to sing in the included recordings. SmartMusic uses colors to provide feedback on the accuracy of notes sung or played with the program. Note colors can be changed to accommodate color-blind learners.
Differentiation in Elementary/General Music (Centers-based)
Student has musical experience
Students will work in small groups on playing simple-moderate difficulty rhythmic patterns on unpitched percussion according notation flashcards.
Could also use SmartMusic.
Student has a sense of rhythm, but is struggling with notation.
Have students record themselves performing body percussion, such as clapping, by reading iconic notation. As students are able to perform accurately, cards in the pile will be scaffolded, with the second level of cards including iconic notation and musical notation, and the third set of cards only including musical notation.
Low English level, needs more 1-on-1 time or is struggling with the concept of pulse/beat.
Work with teacher on refining song with Body Percussion to show the beat.
Differentiation Based on Developmental Level in Grade 1-3 General Music
Grade 3 students and upper Grade 2 students
Watch and imitate a recording of me singing song with 3 levels of body percussion--
Mid-grade 2 students
Watch and imitate a recording of me singing the song with 2 levels of body percussion--
Grade 1 or lower level Grade 2 students
Watch and imitate a recording of me singing the song with 1 level of body percussion--
either pat or clap