AC1219 Activate! Dec 2019/Jan 2020


AC1219 Activate! Dec 2019/Jan 2020

A general music resource for music teachers by music teachers

Activate! is a general music teaching resource subscription for all involved in teaching elementary students. We believe that music and movement are essential tools for learning and student achievement. It is our goal to present quality content that is developmentally appropriate, practical, and educationally sound. We strive to provide you with enjoyable opportunities to engage students in active learning.


In This Issue Mari Schay 2
AYT Activate Asks 4
AYT Hard-Wired or Learned? Patricia Bourne 6
Winter Solstice Song: A Partner Song for Festivals of Light Eric Shopmeyer 8
Winter Bells Across the Snow: A Choral Prep Guide Katie O´Connor-Ballantyne 12
Winter Bells Across the Snow: Octavo Greg Gilpin 16
Christmas…In About Three Minutes: A Two-Part Celebration Mark Weston 21
Get Down, Ye Merry Gentlemen: A Holiday Ensemble Doug Edwards 26
Tinikling Variations Abby Blair 31
Oh Mountain: One Song, Two Different Pentatonic Scales Eric Shopmeyer 37
Hotaru Koi: A Japanese Children´s Song Mari Schay 42
AYT You Were Hired for Your Expertise: Doing the Job with Integrity and Grace Mari Schay 45
Composing with ToneMatrix: Experimenting with Time and Pitch Mari Schay 47
Composing in GarageBand: Writing a Rag Abby Blair 50
AYT Fleixble and Fabulous: Recorders are a Must! Katie Grace Miller 54
Recorder Readiness: Strategies for Success on Day One Jennifer Patterson 56
Recorder Monster Mantras: Remembering Good Habits Mari Schay 60
Composing with Recorders: B-A-G Songs Blake Siskavich 67
How to Create an Adaptive Recorder: Using Scratch and a Makey Makey Kathryn Finch 70
Instrument Family Rhyme Time: Instrument Family Poems Katie Grace Miller 73
Instruments of the Orchestra and Band: Leraning with Poetry Deborah Zehler 76
Music, Math, and Science: Build Your Own Panpipes and String Instruments Charlene Heldt 79
Hoedown from Copland´s Rodeo Katie Grace Miller 82
Hoedown from Copland´s Rodeo: A Barred Instrument Play-Along Doug Edwards 86
Creating a Graphic Score: With Copland´s Fanfare for the Common Man Kelly Mraz 90
Simple Gifts: A Barred Percussion Ensemble Mari Schay 93
Family Connections: Exploring Music at Home Julie Thompson 98
Calendars 99
Reproducible Worksheets 101