MUSIC NEWS Week of 9.20.21

Pre-K: This week, Pre-K students played the rhythm sticks, and used different types of voices (quiet, loud, fast and slow) to speak a poem.

Kindergarten: This week, Kindergarten students used rhythm sticks to keep a steady beat and practiced self control with the song Play and Stop. 

1st Grade: This week, 1st grade students learned a new greeting song, and played a steady beat with rhythm sticks to the poem Chop Chop Chippity Chop. 

2nd Grade: This week, 2nd grade students labeled rhythms to the song Engine Engine #9, and played the melody on xylophones. 

3rd Grade: This week, 3rd grade students sang Plainsies Clapsies using solfege syllables mi, sol and la along with their accompanying hand signs. They continued to practice the Sasha dance.

4th Grade: This week, 4th grade students passed bean bags to a steady beat, learned the action song Chester, and continued to explore tempo and practice note reading on rhythm instruments.

Junior Orchestra: This week, orchestra students are learning play and rest positions on their instruments, the preliminary “bunny” bow hold, and about how to practice effectively at home. 

MUSIC NEWS Week of 9/13/21

Pre-K: This week Pre-K students met The Other Mrs. Beshara! Students explored their voices using animal sounds, kept a beat to the song The More We Get Together, and moved (and laughed!) to The Monkey Song.  

Kindergarten: This week, Kindergarten students began to explore different types of voices, and will work with using and identifying the 4 main voices (speaking, whisper, shouting, and singing) over the weeks ahead. 

1st Grade: This week, 1st grade students moved to music and learned the Danish Greeting Dance, explored tempo with a song called The Grand Old Duke of York, and played a variety of rhythms with rhythm sticks. 

2nd Grade: This week, 2nd grade students reviewed the difference between beat and rhythm using the song Engine Number 9, began to work with mallet instruments, and sung greetings to one another in a beanbag toss game. 

3rd Grade: This week, 3rd grade students worked on passing beanbags to a steady beat, sung the song and played the beanbag toss game Plainsies Clapsies, and learned the Sasha dance with rhythm sticks. 

4th Garde: This week, 4th grade students are in the refining stages of working on a circle dance to the song September by Earth Wind and Fire. They are also playing rhythm instruments in different tempos.

Junior Orchestra (5th/6th Grade): This week, Orchestra students are learning the 12 commandments of instrument care, the parts of their instruments, rest position, and preliminary “bunny” bow hold. 

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