Friday Find: Walking on the Air

It is still winter right?

This week’s Friday Find comes from member Jura Litchfield who wrote the following:

“Walking in the Air” comes from the animated movie “The Snowman” which I believe can be found in its entirety on youtube. I found it to be a good example of a movie without words in which the music develops the mood and presents the “sound pictures” that kids can identify, such as a descending melody when the hero descends the stairs, etc.
I have found that the idea of flying above the earth in the song ” Walking in the Air” is a great metaphor for finding one’s head voice.  I find other youtube clips of boys singing this song to demonstrate that it is a song for boys as well as girls.  My experience is that third graders and fourth, too, respond very favorably to this song and are willing to sing it in head voice.

Thanks to Jura for the great suggestions and the great video!

The Friday Find is a weekly feature of and features videos that would appeal to music educators, folk historians, and music lovers in general. You can view an archive of our Friday Finds here. If you would like to suggest a Friday Find please contact our Media Secretary via our contact form and include the subject Friday Find Suggestion.

Friday Find: Beatboxing Flute?

You do know what beatboxing is, right? If you have never heard of it you probably aren’t alone, but please allow us to blow you mind. Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion taken to a very high level of virtuosity. Beatboxing has it routs in vocal art forms out of Indian bol and Chinese Kouji, both which are thousands of years old. However, modern beatboxing has a much more contemporary influence.

Modern History

Beatboxing’s modern history was pioneered when members of hip-hop groups like Doug E. Fresh. Popular with vocal acappella groups, beatboxing exploded in various vocal circles. Mixing with other influences from hip-hop’s electronic “beat boxes” and turn table like sounds, beatboxing has continued to morph over the years and now even has a form of notation all of its own.

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Friday Find: Tone Matrix

Allow me to begin with an apology. There is no video for the Friday Find this week. Now allow me to offer an explanation – what I have for you is far more amazing than a video. Last week we featured Bobby McFerrin in our Friday Find. In that video Bobby talks about the power of the pentatonic scale, something every Kodaly teacher knows about. Then later that week a non-music major friend linked me to this cool flash tool she had found called a tone matrix.

What is a tone matrix? Well it is this!

So how does it work? Read more

Friday Find: Power of the Pentatonic

It has been a long while since our last Friday find! It has been on hiatus mostly due to a very busy work schedule combined with a backlog of summer projects. It is my resolution to make a better effort this year about getting them up in a timely manner. Without adieu here is Bobby McFerrin presenting “The Power of the Pentatonic” – commentary is behind the cut!

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Workshop Registration Now Open

With the 2012-2013 school year getting underway we are proud to announce that our online registration for the 2012-2013 workshops is now open! Be sure to register today to hold your spot for some of the amazing workshops we have planned for this year.

Here is a quick taste of our workshop schedule, to view more details and to register click here.

September 15th
Ellen Gilson Voth will be leading two sessions in one. Learn first how to incorporate literacy and sight singing skills seamlessly into your choir rehearsals for maximum efficiency. Then learn how to arrange or compose songs directly for your choirs to enable you to grow as an artist and tailor compositions to your choirs specific strengths and needs.

November 17th
Tim Gregory will be sharing the songs and dances of East Africa and helping you understand how to bring them into your classroom in a way that is educationally appropriate, but still authentic and true and respectful to the culture from which they came.

December 7th
KESNE hold’s its annual choral reading session and holiday gathering. Come and enjoy great food, great company, and great music. This $10 session includes more food than you can possibly consume and a fantastic reading packet containing sure fire selections from the KESNE Board.

May 4th
Join Diana Brandt as she explains the importance of building musicality not only within your school, but within your community. In this session Diana will get you thinking beyond just having a music classroom, but building a true Music Community.

So please, sign up today to register for our workshops!

Friday Find: Intervals in Inversion Song

Having trouble remembering your interval inversions? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with the help of David Newman who has several ear training music videos online. Hope you enjoy!

Workshop this Saturday

Just a reminder to all members that we will be holding a workshop this Saturday (March 31st) with world renowned clinician John Feierabend. He will be presenting a workshop on how to better incorporate movement into the music classroom and as always it is bound to be a wonderful and eye opening experience. If you haven’t registered you can still pre-register up until 8pm Thursday evening. So be sure to sign up today if you haven’t already.


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Friday Find: I’m a Good Ole Rebel

Music is a powerful teaching tool in social studies and history that is often not used to the fullest extent possible. This song is a ballad that was written by one of General Lee’s aides as he sat in a Northern Army prison camp during the Civil War. His sentiments can show the strength of emotion felt by both sides of the conflict and bring subject matter more to life for students.

For music teachers who do a unit on the Civil War or for any history teachers who cover the subject matter Bobby Horton has several wonderful CDs with songs of both the Union and Confederate armies that are available for purchase here. A great lesson involves looking over the textual changes the two sides would make to the same exact song to reflect their political viewpoint. This can help drive home the notion of how folk songs change and shift over time, sometimes unintentionally, but sometimes with a very clear purpose or intent.

Friday Find: Amazing Overtones

Overtone singing is an amazing thing where by changing the shape of your mouth can create separate pitches in the overtones, even when the fundamental pitch remains the same.

This first video does a somewhat better job of explaining exactly what overtone singing is and how you can practice it.

This next video shows how you can use the overtones produced to create an actual melody. Listen carefully to hear “Amazing Grace” in the overtones. It might take you a few tries.

Finally this is an example of a piece of composed music that uses overtones for a neat effect.

Friday Find: Happy Holidays from NAfME

Everyone may not have noticed that MENC (The Music Educator National Conference) has officially made the switch to NAfME (National Association for Music Educators).

So they thought they would spread the news with a holiday greeting card.