January 21, 2012
Free Music Theory Lapbook – updated
This weekend, we went to the annual Lollipops Concert Presentation. We go every year. The Grand Rapids Ballet and the Grand Rapids Symphony get together and put on a children’s production, and there seems to be a rotation between ‘Hansel & Gretel’, ‘Peter & the Wolf’, and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, primarily… although one year it was ‘Green Eggs & Ham’. This year was ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, which I was looking forward to, because the last time they did it, I was sick and sent Brian with my parents and the kids while I laid on the sofa and half-died. So I hadn’t seen this one, yet!
Anyhow, it’s wonderful, because the conductor begins by pointing out that the different groups in the orchestra have different colored t-shirts on. Like the Strings are in blue t-shirts, the woodwinds are green, the percussion is red, the brass are in yellow… like that. Then he points out how the instruments are grouped, and it’s really wonderfully educational. And of course the orchestra gets in on the fun, acting like there’s competition between the groups, they wave their instruments and cheer… it’s kewl. The year they did ‘Ferdinand the Bull’ (Hey! They did ‘Ferdinand the Bull, too!) they had kids come up with ‘flags’ of red material they passed out and be the parade in the village… Lydia participated, too.
Anyhow, I wanted to do a lapbook on instruments and their families, which is available already on-line here (LINK), thank goodness. We’re doing that today, as a recap of what we learned at the symphony. ((Did I mention tickets are $5 per person, all ages? For the ballet AND symphony?! Don’t you wish you lived in my town!?)) I’m so glad there’s already a lapbook out there for that – I don’t have to create one.
However, there’s a LOT more to music, and I wanted to do a lapbook of musical symbols, notes, solfege… lots of things. Periods of music. And I went looking, and the only thing I found were ten pictures of a lapbook someone else did (but never created a file for on-line). So working off those pictures (and the list of things I wanted in the book, too)… I have created a lapbook for people to download for free.
Because this baby has SOOOOO many things in it, I have WAY more pictures this time. Which is a good thing. And are you liking that it’s green? Well, holiday lapbooks are pink, and I thought we’d do the arts in green, for a change.
I don’t know if I missed anything that belongs in here… I tried to hit them all. Lemme know if I need to add anything, please. And I hope that helps someone out along the line!