SING: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
Click the link above to hear all of the songs from our mini-musical and practice singing along at home!
PLAY and MOVE: Drum #1 and Dance
Practice these parts along with "Funga Alafia" when you sing! Try one at a time and add any other parts you remember from music class.
CREATE: Making a Maraca
Find some musical instruments around your house to play along with our songs from “Mosquitoes Buzz”. Do you have a drum, shakers, or a triangle? If not, you can make one! I share some things I'm using at home in the video here.
SING: Ask your child to teach you a song from music class! There are many they know well enough to teach. “Funga Alafia” is a greeting songs with movements that the whole family can learn. We will send the songs for “Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People’s Ears” as soon as we can access our classrooms.
MOVE: An essential musical concept for 2nd grade is Steady Beat. As you listen to music and sing songs around the house, encourage your child to show you the beat, or pulse, by swaying, patting their legs, walking around the house, etc.
LISTEN: Kpanlogo and Gahu Music of Ghana
Our students were studying Ghana and preparing for their musical “Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears”. They were learning about a few traditional styles of Ghanian music as well. The links above will bring you to a site where your child can hear individual instruments and the entire group performing in these two styles. Encourage them to play along with as many parts as they can. If you don’t have a drum, use the table!
PLAY: Rhythm Composition
Using the website Music Play Online and the username and password pasted below, your child can review quarter note, eighth note and rest rhythms while creating a composition and hearing it played by different instruments. Have them try the djembe drum from Ghana as they work and play along as well!