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Interview with Rekha Rajan, author of THIS IS MUSIC: HORNS
When you get two musicians together to talk music and two authors together to talk reading, books, literacy and writing, you might as well settle in. This one is a bit longer, but there are so many beautiful connections to family, culture, and voice, in addition to chatting about the importance of valuing music in front of our students, modeling, and lots of discussion of brass and woodwinds -- and paper towel tubes and noisemakers, oh, and car horns! Check it out!
THIS IS MUSIC: HORNS
This second installment of her THIS IS MUSIC board book series does not disappoint! With fun and vibrant illustrations, and a surprising amount of content, Rekha introduces young (and maybe not so young) readers/listeners to the world of horns, and then shares some incredible cultural horns, including the vuvuzela, and some horns you MAY not think of when you consider making music! From traditional to nontraditional, with musical vocabulary and the continuing thread that anyone can make music, along with giving them the tools to do so (whether that's a brass or woodwind or a paper towel tube or a conch shell), this book fulfills its promise to redefine music in very accessible ways.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
This song starts with a drum, just like Rekha's board book series, and then introduces several horns in the marching band and ends with cymbals. This is a fun song set to a possibly familiar tune (When the Saints Go Marching In). It would be fun to do movement activities, marching, imaginative play with various instruments, playing drums, non-traditional horns for pretend play, identifying various instruments by their image and sound, introduction to marching band, contrasting marching band with orchestra, categorizing instruments further into woodwinds and brass and percussion, etc. Full of humor and fun!
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
Words with multiple meanings:
horn -- a musical instrument, part of an animal, part of a car that makes noise, etc.
blow --movement of the wind, pushing air through your lips, etc.
play -- A story acted out, to use an instrument to make music, to enjoy an activity for fun, etc.
brass -- a shiny metal, an instrument made of metal with a cup-shaped mouthpiece, officers/someone in charge
Different kinds of horns -- Venn diagram, T-charts, lists, etc.
Onomatopoeia (throughout the book). Listen to different horn sounds -- how would you write an onomatopoeia for each sound?
Features of text -- size/color/font
Adjectives -- shiny, three, different, loud, etc. (adjective hunt, what other adjectives could you use? ) Great companion book LISTEN TO MY TRUMPET by Mo Willems
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist with samples of various horns, performances and horn songs.
PBJamz Snack -- PBJ Blondie Cups
These little PBJ Blondie Bites or Cups remind me of brass mouthpieces, so I chose them to be our highlighted snack for this week! They sound absolutely delicious, and I look forward to trying them. If you try them, let me know in the comments! You could certainly sub out different flavors of jam/jelly for the centers. You can find the recipe here. Enjoy! And check out lots of other delicious recipes at https://www.thisisnotdietfood.com/
Guest Links and Giveaways
Rekha has generously offered two copies of THIS IS MUSIC: HORNS.
Note: This giveaway is only open for ONE week! You must comment by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
1. Winner drawn at random from those who leave comments.
2. Winner is the FIRST person to comment with the CORRECT one-stringed instrument highlighted in the next THIS IS MUSIC book (STRINGS).
Here are all the pertinent links for Rekha and her book:
Rekha's Twitter page
Bring Me a Book site
Here is the Penguin-Random House site with purchase information
If you prefer to buy from Amazon, here's that link
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