We music teachers need all the tools we can get when developing a music program! We also need to always be creative in order to present our students in their best at concerts.
This is quite the case when teaching younger students. I teach beginning orchestra. Our first concert of the year is the Fall or Halloween concert. It takes quite a bit of creativity to get the beginning orchestra students ready for a concert after just two months of instruction.
Before you move on with the post, check also these Halloween games for orchestra and Suzuki group classes as well as these activities for music and orchestra classrooms which will give you a comprehensive list of music classroom Halloween activities you can modify for your classroom.
How to Have a Halloween Concert with One Note?
You mix the music with fun stories!
My favorite music classroom Halloween activity: I do a fun Halloween unit with my orchestra every single year. It results in the students having a lot of fun. It also creates the material for our Fall concerts.
I must say, this is probably the strongest time for my teaching as we are all having so much fun in the classroom.
Students are expected to come up with their own story using one or more “special effects” or extended techniques played on their instrument.
Then we together as a class vote on the best pieces. We put them on our Fall or Halloween concert program.
This results in a wonderful Fall concert, full of creativity where the students can handle the technical demands of their instrument as well.
What students would this idea be appropriate for? First and second year instrumental students will enjoy the activity quite a bit! Elementary school students will love it if you use instruments (recorder) or found objects for instruments!
Interestingly, the most engaging stories are the simplest. The younger the students, the more creative they tend to get. I am including a video below to illustrate this.
Here is a video with one example. And yes, one note the whole piece!
What activities do you enjoy doing for your Fall concerts with your younger students? Share in the comments!
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