Final Ukelele Growth

My feedback on my mid-semester video was to find a continuous strumming pattern. At first I thought that although there was a slight pause, my strumming pattern was continuous. It wasn’t until I looked at the video with this in mind and realized there was a noticeable pause.

After that I went in search of new strumming patterns that were more continuous. I came across the “island strum” which is down, down, up, up, down, up. Before I used the strumming pattern of down down, PAUSE, up, down, up. In theory this strumming change was minor, as it only added an up strum where the pause was. However, in practice it felt as though I was starting all over again. I had to relearn the rhythm to find when I could match a word with a strum. Even still with weeks of practicing under my belt I still stumble sometimes because its a lot the be thinking of for such a long period of time. I have to focus on the words, the cords, and the strumming pattern, which are all different, at the same time. I find more and more that memorizing the words has aided me so I don’t have to focus on what I am singing as much. At first especially, I found I was almost singing the strumming pattern while the words seemed to slip out and somehow accompany the tune I was playing. With every day a get a little bit better, my strumming becomes more cohesive, I play faster, and I stumble less. Here is my final video, I am still not perfect as no one is. However, I am proud of what I have accomplished.

The password is: Education (cap sensitive)

Question #9: My greatest professional strength as an educator who will teach music is my ability to stay on the beat and understand rhythm. This is due to my previous experience as a dancer because I always had to make sure I was dancing to the beat of the music. I can use this strength to teach other students how to stay on the beat. I can use my knowledge of dance to creatively integrate rhythm in the classroom in a more expansive way. For example, I could have students make up dances to the rhythm of songs or even show examples of dancers who keep to the beat of the music, as it may be a good visual for some students to understand.

Question #10: When I think about myself as a future educator teaching music, I see myself using some of the songs and activities we learned in class to engage the class in more creative ways. I really enjoyed when we read a picture in class and made a soundboard for it. I always knew music was an important aspect in movies but this was built upon when we had to make up our own music to a static picture or symbol. Another thing I can do to engage students is use a song to hook the class into a topic at the beginning of a unit. For example, before learning about the environment the class could learn an earth day song that teaches about respecting the earth and introduces how to recycle. Likewise, in an earlier class a song about the rainbow can be sung to reinforce which colours are in a rainbow in a way that will stick with the children.

Question #11: My greatest area of growth during this year/course has been in the area of reading to understand notes and note theory. Prior to this class, I had little experience in understanding how notes corresponded with beats and rhythm. Now I am able to read rudimentary sheet music which enables me to know the key that songs are played and sung. This could help me in the classroom by allowing me to find which key to start the song. I can now confidently teach the basics of note theory with phrases like Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge and FACE.

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