Music News ~ September 23-27 and September Overview!

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.

Music News ~ September 16th-20th

Kindergarten: This week, students are learning how to sing a response (a solo!) and are introduced to the concepts of quiet/loud and high/low. 

1st Grade: This week, students are being assessed on their ability to track a  steady beat in a song. Some of the activities they will be doing is using their high/low pitched voices in the poem Grandma’s Glasses, and practicing vowels in the song Apples and Bananas. 

2nd Grade: This week, students are learning about whole notes in music using the song I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, and learning how to label ABA form. 

3rd Grade: This week, students are reviewing solfege patterns and hand motions for re, mi, sol and la. They are also practicing finding these solfege syllables on a staff, and reviewing note reading for quarter notes and eighth notes using the song Rocky Mountain.  

4th Grade: This week, students are learning two part singing with the song Old Joe Clark, and learning how to identify instruments in the Brass family. 

String Orchestra (5th & 6th Grades): This week, students are learning the open string names of their instruments, and learning how to hold the bow. 

Music News ~ September 9th-13th

It was a great second week of school! Here is our class news by grade, along with a few pictures of the classroom this year:

A visual aid to help with listening to and analyzing music
The classroom rules
A new addition to the classroom – sit spots
The musical word wall

Kindergarten: This week in music class, kindergartners are learning to differentiate between singing and speaking voices and using different vocal timbres. They are also creating new verses to the song You’ve Got To Sing.

1st Grade: This week, students are exploring tempo with the song The Grand Old Duke of York. They are also labeling beat and rhythm with the song Choo Choo Train, and continuing to practice classroom procedures.

2nd Grade: This week in music class students are reviewing that high/low notes can be called sol and mi using the song Hill Hill. They are also learning the difference between tempo and dynamics.

3rd Grade: This week in music class students are reviewing sol-mi-la note patterns with the song Plansies Clapsies. Students are also learning about accented beats and time signatures in music.

4th grade: This week in music class students are learning about different musical tempos with the song Chester. They are also working on musicality and singing with expression with the song Grandfather’s Clock.

Junior String Orchestra (5th & 6th Grade): This week in Orchestra, students are learning about instrument care, rest position, playing position, and pizzicato.

Music News ~ September 1st-September 7th

Welcome back to music class! It’s going to be another incredible year making music together! Here is our news for the week:

Kindergarten: The theme for music class this week is following directions. Students are learning classroom procedures through songs, chants, and movement activities.

1st Grade: Students are learning classroom procedures and reviewing musical concepts. They are reviewing beat, their 4 voices (speaking, whisper, calling and singing), and call and response singing,

2nd and 3rd Grade: Students are learning classroom procedures, and reviewing musical concepts from last year. They are reviewing beat vs. rhythm, musical opposites, and quarter and eight note patterns in songs.

4th Grade: Students are learning and practicing classroom procedures, and reviewing eighth, quarter and sixteenth notes. They will also be working with a musical staff and learning the letter names of the notes.

Orchestra (5th & 6th Grade): I will be going to the 5th and 6th Grade classrooms to giving them information about Orchestra class and how to choose an instrument for those who are interested in joining. All students that are wanting to be part of Orchestra should have an instrument by our first class on Friday!