It is hard to believe we are starting our last whole week of September! Students have been singing, playing, moving to, writing, and analyzing music in the music classes. All of the general music classes have spent time learning about and listening to the music by the composer of the month, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Here is an overview of the month in each class, and what we are up to this week:
Kindergarten: The kindergartners are becoming more familiar with the rhythm of music class and what to expect when they come into the music room. They have been enjoying moving with the colorful scarves to music, singing with Melody the elephant, listening to different speeds of Croaky the Frog, and singing solos in the song Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee. This week in music class, the focus of our activities will be to have students imitate and create movement to songs we sing and music we hear.
1st Grade: The 1st graders have spent this month practicing music class procedures, and reviewing concepts that they learned last year. They have enjoyed improvising motions on body percussion, singing the Grand Old Duke of York in different tempos, practicing their vowels in the song Apples and Bananas, and creating responses to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This week, students are getting introduced to the musical scale and exploring melodic direction with the song Jack and Jill.
2nd Grade: In September, the 2nd graders have jumped right back into music class with eagerness and enthusiasm to learn new musical concepts. We spent some time reviewing known note values in the song Hill Hill (that has a fun game that goes with it that the students also enjoyed), musical opposites with the song Poor Little Bug, and explored form with the song Okkitokiunga. This week, students are learning tied notes in Obwisana, and learning an Orff instrument arrangement to the song Bell Horses.
3rd Grade: 3rd graders have been have a great time learning new music concepts in the month of September. Some of their favorite activities we have done so far have been Don’t Forget Your Number (a fun solo singing activity we’ve done to start the class), Plainsies Clapsies with bean bags, and playing an Orff instrument arrangement with the song Rocky Mountain. This week, students will be learning about rondo form and improvising a 16 beat rhythm pattern on non-pitched percussion instruments.
4th Grade: It has been a month packed full of great musical experiences for the 4th graders! Some of their favorite activities from the month of September were singing the song Chester with hand motions to explore tempo, playing percussion to Frere Jaque in 4 parts, learning about the Brass instrument family, music staff relay, the Jolly Jolly Rhythm solo singing game, and the Old Joe Clark circle dance. This week, students will use and define dynamics in the song Black Snake, and reading notes and playing percussion instruments with Fig Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin.
Orchestra (5th & 6th Grade): The orchestra students have been eagerly working hard in learning the foundation to playing their instruments. They’ve spent the month of September learning the parts of the instrument, instrument care, playing position and rest position, bow hold using pencils and straws, open string names, and pizzicato. This week, students will be learning how to hold the bow and doing many activities to reinforce the proper bow hold and playing position. We will hopefully have bows on the strings for the first time this class period too! Good posture and hand positions are so important to establish before the bow goes on the string so as to build the proper muscle memory. They will also get tapes put on their instruments in preparation for placement of the left hand notes.