Fall Music Fun for Active Music Making!

  • Dear Music Box Friends,

    Since I am teaching in Southern California, I might not see the changes of the seasons like many of you but I still get excited to bring out my favorite books, puppets and songs for autumn, including Halloween and Thanksgiving fun.I’ll highlight a few of my favorites and then if you have questions, go to the Forum at www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com and I’ll be happy to answer.

    It is amazing that I still turn to my old In All Kinds of Weather, Kids Make Music book and CD for all my seasonal favorites. That would be Five Little Leaves this time of year.Whether its toddlers throwing scarves, 6 year olds under the parachute or a beautiful Orff orchestration, this song is a hit year after year!How can I still love this song?Must be the repetition with variety!

    I came across a book called When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey.This lists things that “fall” during this season.I have the children play from high to low on the Orff instruments, which are already set up in C pentatonic (remove the Fs and Bs) from working on Five Little Leaves.I say “leaves on the trees fall” as I drop different colored silk leaves and encourage the children to gently play from their highest note all the way to the lowest or biggest note.When the leaves are no longer falling, the playing must stop. Have them play from high to low again after you say each line of fall things that “fall.”Examples: football players fall, the temperature falls, children fall into piles of leaves, sunlight falls, rain falls!  

    I have several favorite fall books.At the top of my list is The Very Busy Spider.Get this free Music Box download to have the song and lesson plan. I love using all my animal puppets for this one. I have a full set of hand puppets for every animal in the story, including our adorable new goat and the amazing rooster. However, if you are not as crazy with your puppet collection as I am, you can easily make the finger puppets which are included in the lesson plan.

    Speaking of puppets, the duck and turkey puppets are my favorite for teaching simple rhythms. The activity is in Four Fall Songs for Halloween and Thanksgiving in Downloads under Songs at www.lynnkleinersmusicbox.com.  ATTENTION! If you purchased Rhythm Readers Lessons 5-10, you already have these songs so no need to download! The four songs include solo singing for pitch matching, creating lyrics, playing instruments, movement, a passing game and music vocabulary. These are long time annual favorites of mine for ages 3-8. Titles of songs: I have a little Pumpkin, Halloween is in October (the improved version), Turkeys and Ducks, November. The set of songs is $3.99. As always, if you have any questions about any of the activities, go to Ask Lynn Questions in the Forum.

     "The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything" is always a hit for sound effects and percussion.  For puppets, books and other resources, use your Music Box discount coupon code when ordering from www.musicrhapsody.com.


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    See you in the Box!





  • <i>Deleted Member</i>
    Deleted Member Hi Lynn!
    Where would I find your ideas for Baby Classes that focus on the Christmas Season?
    November 16, 2012
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner Great topic Amy. I will start a topic in the Forum on this delightful subject. The baby class is always the hit at the holiday open house. Go to the forum - info coming right away.
    November 17, 2012
  • Lydia Lawrence
    Lydia Lawrence We did "When Autumn Falls" last month with my kindergarteners. They really enjoyed it. I had them turn their glockenspiels around (like a mountain) so they could more easily see which way was up and which was down. I told them we don't usually play the...  more
    December 10, 2012
  • Lynn Kleiner
    Lynn Kleiner Music lessons for kindergarten have been been so much more fun with the little glockenspiels. Great to hear it was successful. I like that the glocks are light weight, the bars don't fall out, they sound great and they are so well priced! Eensy Weensy...  more
    December 11, 2012