We call it: “TRANSPARENT WAFFLES!” We bring it to your classroom, studio or events. All grade school age kids get to participate in creating music, skits, dance and performances.
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Transparent Waffles: A Grade School Music and Performing Arts Program
is looking for people enthusiastic about keeping Music in our nation’s Grade Schools. To combat the cuts in funding for grade school performing arts, we have created Transparent Waffles. Contact us for more information. If you wish to be involved, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are forming a board for the purpose of becoming a non-profit 501c-3 so that Transparent Waffles can be distributed to all schools in America and become a funding source for grade school music programs. First we need some funding to put up the website and print the manuals, CDs and sheet music for distribution. Transparent Waffles is designed for any grade school teacher, music or otherwise, to teach and it meets Common Core Standards. It includes the instruction manual, instruction CDs and MP3s with music accompaniment tracks, lyric sheets and sheet music for guitar or piano so music and non-music teachers alike have all the tools they need to implement the program in their classes, grades K-6. Scroll through this page to view: Session Summaries, Introduction and Goals, Session III:Make Your Own TV Show, CD/MP3 Accompaniment Music samples from Session I and Session III
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CALL 262-354-5506 to bring Transparent Waffles to your school. It is a no cost not-for-profit service to the grade school arts and music community.
Session IV of Transparent Waffles. Be a Crazy Piano Player!
Session I: Use Your Imagination. The instructor directs the class in writing their own story song. Children freely provide ideas and the teacher works creatively with them using a guitar, piano or recorded soundtrack to write their ideas into a short song entitled, “Use Your Imagination”. This session meets Standards for Language (Knowledge of Language and Vocabulary Acquisition and Use); Speaking and Listening (Comprehension and Collaboration); Reading (Craft and Structure); and Writing (Text Types and Purposes, and, Range of Writing)
Session II: Drum Fun. Under the direction of an instructional music track and the teacher, students learn to keep time and play percussion instruments in several musical styles. (hand drums, moroccos, shakers and other percussion instruments are played by the children.) This session meets Standards for Speaking and Listening (Presentation of Ideas, and, Comprehension and Collaboration); and Reading (Integration of Knowledge and Ideas).
Session III: Make Your Own TV Show. Students become camera operators, directors, actors and writers as they create a 5 minute TV show based on their own ideas under the guidance of the instructor. This session meets Standards for Writing (Text Types and Purposes, Production and Distribution of Writing and Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); Speaking and Listening (Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas); and Language (Conventions of Standard English, and, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use).
Session IV: Crazy Man Piano Player: Music Appreciation. The class watches a video that is fun, funny and informative as they are exposed to several music genres performed on the piano and other instruments. The instructor may also contribute live performance and Q and A with the students. This session meets Standards for Reading (Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, and, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas); and, Speaking and Listening (Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas, and, Comprehension and Collaboration).
Session V: Raspberries and Cream. The class relaxes and listens to a slow peaceful original song track entitled “Raspberries and Cream”. The class enjoys and discusses the many ways music can affect your mood from relaxing to energizing by analyzing their own experience listening to this song. This session meets Standards for Speaking and Listening (Comprehension and Collaboration, and, Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas); and Language (Vocabulary Acquisition and Use).
Transparent Waffles is a music and performing arts experience for grade school children that can be administered by grade school music teachers or classroom teachers. It is presented here in five sessions. The overall goals of this program are to engage students in interactive music and performing arts activities that develop communication and language skills, develop understanding of music and its applications in everyday life, teach children how to apply their creative abilities, promote social interactive and collaborative skills, build self-confidence and self-expression, stimulate the imagination, and teach the basics of music and rhythm.
Music is Language and holds many opportunities to reinforce the concepts taught in English and Language Arts classes.
This program meets many CCSS Anchor Standards as applies to grades K-5. These sessions and standards are summarized below. Specific skills and Common Core Standards are referenced and listed specifically in the ‘Skills Focus (Common Core Standards)’ section of each session.
Using these music and performing arts sessions as a reading, writing, speaking and listening and language source follows the spirit and letter of the Common Core State Standards Initiative:
What a College & Career Ready Student Looks Like
•they demonstrate independence
•they build strong content knowledge
•they respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline
•they comprehend as well as critique
•they value evidence
•they use technology and digital media strategically and capably
•they come to understand other perspectives and cultures
(Common Core State Standard For English Language Arts & Literacy In History/Social Studies, Science, And Technical Subjects, Introduction, p.7)
The content of the music curriculum, like that of the music standards of learning, is intended to support the following goals for students:
Develop understanding of music through experiences in creating, singing, composing, movement, acting, performing rhythms and listening.
Develop language and communications skills by creating rhymes and dialogue, and subsequently performing these effectively with other students.
Create lyrics and melodies that express their thoughts, ideas and emotions in musical and performing expression.
Exercise critical thinking skills by investigating, listening, creating and participating in music in a wide variety of genres.
Develop awareness of others, social skills, and cooperation through participation in collaborative music and performing arts activities
Demonstrate understanding of music styles and the effects of music on attitude, emotion and thinking.
Understand how music connects with history, culture and other disciplines.
Develop self-confidence, self-esteem, creativity and imagination through participation in music and performing arts scenarios co-created by students and instructor.
Develop mental abilities and learning skills that enhance the students learning abilities in all other academic disciplines.