Unit 1: Metallophones and Xylophones.

In this unit, we are going to learn more about classroom instruments. We have to overview what we know and learn about the new instruments. Let's check out!!!

Drum

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Maraca

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Tambourine

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Triangle

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Woodblock

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Claves

Zills

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Jingle Bells

Now that we know about these instruments, let's learn about the new ones:

Xylophone

Its name in Spanish is "Xilófono".

It's an instrument made of wood.

It's always played by one or two wooden sticks.

Metallophone

Its name in Spanish is "metalófono".

It's an instrument made of metal.

It's always played by one or two sticks.

Both instruments are called Mallet instruments.

Mallet technique

Playing the xylophone or the metallophone required knowing how to grab the sticks. It's really important to keep the stick on each hand balanced, so you can strike each bar firmly. 

   These instruments have a lot of different notes (bars) so you must be very careful when you play a melody.

How to write music...

Last year we learn about how to write some music on a paper. This method is really important to know exactly ho to perform a music piece a composer created in the past. Here comes some signs that you must know!!!

clef

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One of the most important signs in music.

The G clef (CLAVE DE SOL in Spanish) is used to point to the G sound in a staff.

Staff

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Five horizontal lines. It is used to put notes on it, always with the G clef on the beginning, to tell us where is the G note.

notes

Whole Note

or

Redonda

It lasts for 4 beats. It's a very slow note

Half Note

or

Blanca

It lasts for 2 beats. It's a slow note.

Quarter Note

or

Negra

It lasts for one beat. It's a fast note

Mirror Game:

In this game, you must follow the moves of other people, being their mirrors. Be careful with your left/right!!

Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song

Golden Apple Quartet - Marcha gastronómica

Pérez Prados - Mambo Nº8

Song: Eensy weensy Spider

The eensy weensy spider

went up the water spout

Down came the rain and

washed the spider out

Out came the sun and

dried up all the rain

And the eensy weensy spider

went up the spout again

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