Okay – first of all, if you’ve never heard of Chrome Music Lab – you need to check it out! It has tons of FREE tools that are great to use for various things in your classroom, even if it’s just for a “fun” day.
Here is one SUPER fun activity that you can do with just about any grade.
Song Maker in Chrome Music Lab
Possibly my favorite tool in Chrome Music Lab is the Song Maker. My class and I were exploring the tools of the lab and we discovered that the colors used in Song Maker match the colors of the Boomwhackers! So we decided – let’s make a song and PLAY it! We started out with something simple (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
As it plays back it gives you a bar to follow along, just pass out Boomwhackers and push play – so easy! All you need is a projector and Boomwhackers! Then I had students start calling out “requests”. I told them it had to be simple – but through doing this I ended up discovering you can change the time signature, length of the song, and a bunch more! We played BINGO, Row Row Row Your Boat, Clementine, and quite a few more.
This activity turned out to be a blast for my middle school students. I had my 2nd graders give it a go – and they did well also!