did you like best about the lesson(s)?
There was something for Everyone-from the
youngest to my oldest students. The kids were
very energized by the music!
I am very interested in using music in the
classroom, and the songs with the lesson plans
were a great way to start.
It gave the students a chance to see how the
other arts can work together in the creation
of original works. The words and music created
a sense of mood and rhythm that contributed
the resulting visual interpretations. They
also got a chance to see how the arts can
exhibit using new technology.
songs of course
chance to show how the arts connect influencing
a sense of mood, rhythm, pattern, and imagery.
Having the words to the song
ask your students the following questions and
record their responses. What did they like the
observed that the kids were very excited
the new songs and had selected "favorites".
enjoyed the words and particularly the music
as they created their own images. They loved
getting the work uploaded so that both strangers
and family could view it and even print it.
who went to the concert enjoyed seeing how
everything came together to create a wonderful
loved seeing their images on the Internet
where others could see and print them around
The concert was a hit with both they students
and their parents.
Putting their work on the Internet
was an extraordinary extension tool, which provided
a hands on engaging intellectual higher thinking
experience to all students regardless of their
ability or learning style. MAGIC was very easy
to implement and extremely effective. MAGIC was
used as a culminating activity for science, a
writing activity for reading and writing, a social
studies review activity, and as an introductory
tool for many areas.
lesson that I delivered with the MAGIC required
that students analyze information, infer their
own thoughts and ideas, draw conclusions, use
reasoning skills, and synthesize information.
My objective with MAGIC was to take the core curriculum,
the Virginia Standards of Learning and incorporate
the use of higher thinking skills with each and
The use of MAGIC enabled students to think to
their full potential and capability. This is evidenced
by the narratives that my students wrote when
explaining their artwork and by their explanations
when discussing their creations. By allowed the
opportunity for my students to expand the level
of their thinking as well. This emotional powerhouse
of a song had a huge impact on my class. Out of
a total of fourteen students, I have two students
that have had dramatic illness in their family.
One child has a sister who has had a heart transplant
and one child has a five-year-old brother that
has battled cancer. After listening to Miracle
Match and an emotional class discussion with these
two students taking the lead the children created
their artwork, I was amazed by the variety of
reactions that the children had , from the scientific
to the emotional.
enabled my students to be successful by implementing
a hands on approach to learning and an opportunity
to reach higher level thinking skills. After teaching
a lesson, the children listened to a Magic song
that was related to the topic of the lesson. While
listening to the songs, the children expressed
themselves by drawing their feelings on paper.
The children then had to provide a description
of what they produced. By doing this, the children
were using their feelings generated by the music
as a tool for learning. This new and exciting
method of learning was invigorating for both the
kids and myself. The children were encapsulated
by the music and had fun as a result of their
own creativity. I also had a really enjoyable
time analyzing what the children produced.
was very impressed by how well the children retained
the objective of the lesson after incorporating
Magic. Because the songs from Magic were correlated
to the Virginia Standards of Learning, I was able
to easily implement them into the Magic enabled
my children to make connections from the songs
to their lives and their world. Magic was able
to captivate, inspire, and invigorate all students
of all abilities, socio-economic levels, interests,
and backgrounds. It gave my students the ability
to explore different ways to express themselves
that had not previously been available. It let
their imagination take flight and their creativity
to soar. As Willy Wonka once said, "We are the
music makers, we are the dreamers of dream." With
the help of the Magic program we were able to
make dreams out of the music.
songs and lessons in Magic were themselves an
enhancement to the lessons and curriculum. Utilizing
Magic in my classroom allowed my students to express
themselves through music. My students and I especially
enjoyed the "I Can Be Me" song because it allowed
them to be proud of who they are and to grasp
the realization that all people are unique and
have different dreams, interests, and abilities.
To make the Magic song "I Can Be Me" have more
relevance, I related it to the play Pippy Longstocking
that we were fortunate to have recently seen at
the Pavilion. Of course, the character Pippy is
a child who is undoubtedly proud of who she is,
but is also someone who has unusual mannerisms,
dress, likings, and behavior. She is a character
who can always be herself and does not feel that
she has to please anyone. After watching this
play we discussed Pippy and what type of person
she was. We were able to see Pippy as someone
who could express herself freely.
of the children who attend Hermitage Elementary
School have parents that are affiliated with the
military. Often, when children's parents are in
the military they frequently move to different
places. Because of this, children are often attending
new schools with new children and new curriculums.
This can be a very trying experience. The song
"Colors All Our Own" was a wonderful tool to discuss
how we feel when we are not accepted for who we
are because of what we look like, our ethnicity,
the way we talk, or the way we dress. This song
was used in our social studies lesson to help
the children understand the struggles that African
Americans and Native Indians endured because of
their race. We reviewed and discussed important
hurdles these famous Americans overcame to make
our country what it is today. There was even a
quote by Martin Luther King in the song that enhanced
the children's learning. We were able to see that
we want people to stretch their arms out to us
and like us for who we are.