Valentine's Day for elementary school music and theater students can be fun. They're still exchanging Valentine's Day cards and excited to pass them out. The boys think that girls have cooties or they have a "girlfriend" at school. The two dynamics are funny to watch in the classroom.
Even in the workplace, we've had meetings on Valentine's Day and they air on the side of puppy love through pets that people adore, or red/pink themed decor to keep it appropriate but yet fun. While it is fun, I miss those classroom V-Day activities. Though I'm not a music teacher, I found 4 Valentine's Day Music Class lessons that I think would be fun to help expand your lesson plan picks.
1. Rhythm Boxes - Kodaly Inspired Classroom
Find boxes and decorate them in V-Day decor. Make various rhythm sets using musical notes on heart shaped paper. Each group has one of the boxes with rhythm hearts in them. Students take turns finding the rhythm pattern that the teacher claps, then put the heart with the corresponding rhythm in their box.
2. Jelly Hearts - Compose Create
Students have around 10 jelly hearts and 10 sets of straws that you have cut beforehand. Make 5 straight and 5 bent. Each student gets 3-4 uncut straws for the bar lines and a few very small straw segments. Ask them to insert half of their straight straws into the jelly hearts to make quarter notes and then the other half into the jelly hearts to make eighth notes. Ask the students to write the rhythm they hear once you play a song. If you'd like to dictate more measure rhythms, like quarter notes and eighths, that will add to the lesson.
3. Love Somebody - Mrs. Miracle's Music Room
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