In this Preschool Prodigies music lesson, we continue our work with Mi, Sol, and La by playing a silly old tune called Acka Backa.
In "Acka Backa" we …
-Sing a slightly faster paced melody with the Solfege
-Play our bells while singing about the numbers two times through
-Read the lyrics while singing along with Acka Backa
-Learn that the number names are called the “Scale Degrees”
Acka Backa Follow Up Activities
If you’ve been following these activities, review some of the games, activities and conversation points from the previous Mi Sol La chapters. Which ones did they seem to like the best?
You can always do some extra hand-signing, practice the video again, dip into the workbook for some pencil and paper activities, play some listening games with the notes from this weeks lesson, and so on.
If as a parent or teacher, you feel ready to do something a little bit more difficult with your learners, consider visiting some of the extra sheet music inside Chapter 5 (meaning, the sheet music that isn’t actually taught in the videos).
For example, inside Chapter 5.5 workbook section, you’ll find as a song called “Bickle Bockle.” This is a song you’ve probably never heard, which is what makes trying to learn it from paper a good exercise for your learner.
First, try reading sheet music for “Acka Backa” (which we covered in the video). This should be pretty easy to get through, considering your learner has now heard it several times through. If it’s not easy, that’s okay, too, but definitely spend some extra time on this if your learner is having trouble.
Then, using the sheet music for “Bickle Bockle,” try playing the song. Being able to sing and play music off of a written out score is the essence of sight reading and sight singing.
The hope is that, even though your learner has probably never heard this song, they’ll be able to use what they remember about Mi, Sol and La to play and sing “Bickle Bockle.”
Musical Skips Activity
One of the workbook follow up activities called “Musical Skips” (inside the 5.5 section). This is a follow up to the “Musical Steps” activities in Chapter 4. It’s a slightly more advanced concept that we’ll cover in detail in later chapters, but it’s worth spending a little bit of extra time with the “Musical Skips” workbook pages and see if you child understands the basics of musical steps and musical skips.
You can reinforce the idea by once again, placing the bells on a staircase. Or you can use some masking tape to make a musical staff on your floor, where learners can practice literally stepping from one musical note to another, or practice literally skipping from one musical note over another one.
Next week, we will move on to our last lesson with Mi, Sol, and La by with “Bye, Bye, Baby Bunting.”