Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Recorder Evaluation via iPad app

I am using Denise Gange's "Let's Play Recorder" app for the iPad.
Let's Play Recorder - iTunes - It's truly fabulous!

To evaluate my 3rd grade students' progress, I instructed them to choose two measures from one of the pieces, a lovely Japanese folk tune called Kagome.  We reviewed what a measure is and then I asked for volunteers.  They told me which two measures they would like to play and they proceeded to play for me and the class while seated at their place on the floor.

It was perfect.  I was able to evaluate by their choice of measure and their accuracy of play.  If a student needed a little help, I suggested we all play those two measures together.  "Thanks everyone. We're here to help each other."  Some students chose the most difficult measures and played with ease.  Others chose the easiest and chugged slowly along.  Everyone played and felt validated, being able to chose their own level.

Today was a successful day.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location

Here is a link to my Facebook Music Page.
My latest video is of a large group of my
3rd and 4th graders singing The Star-Spangled
Banner before a boys basketball game at our
high school.  They rock my ears off!

Lukow ~ Music Education FB Location

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


My 6th graders have been working on Noteflight.  Here is an example of my 6th grade girls':

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


What do you do in the day of technology when your main computer is in the shop?  Well...I make use of Google Docs and my blog and my iPad and iPhone and iPod.  I guess I still use technology, but there are so many ways around the missing computer any more.  Today, I need to implement those tools!

Video #1:
Disney's version of Peter and the Wolf

Video #2:
Peter and the Wolf - Netherlands Orchestra

January plans.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Peter and the Wolf - 3 day plan!

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf is one of my favorite ways to learn the orchestra. Children learn through story and they can hear and understand the character-instruments so well.

We listen to the whole piece the first lesson. I have a large book we watch while we listen. I have the instruments taped to a board with the name of the animal it plays. For his name, I write: Pro ☕ f = pro-coffee-f = Prokofiev. 
We also find Russia on a map.
The 2nd lesson, we illustrate our own scene as we listen to the piece again. At the end of class, the students share which scene their picture shows. We review the instrument players as we listen and draw.

The 3rd lesson we will watch the Disney version of the music and compare and contrast it to the book we viewed in the first lesson.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013