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Letter to Students and Families

Hello music students and families!

What a whirlwind this past couple weeks have been, ending with sudden, and lengthy school closures. In this time of uncertainty and possibly fear, we can turn to music. Over the next 6 weeks I will provide as many online musical experiences, and opportunities to “music” at home with your families. I came across this video that has been circulating the internet, and it really made me emotional to hear it. Music is part of our humanity!

Look for another update soon, and I will be in touch about activities the students can do from home, along with worksheets and other resources! If you have specific questions please feel free to reach out via email at lizabeshara@school.assumption.org. 

 

Blessings,

Mrs. Beshara

Music News ~ March 2-6

Kindergarten: This week, kindergarten students are exploring beat and rhythm with the song and game Tisket A Tasket. They are also experiencing Irish music with the fiddle tune Connaughtman’s Rambles and dancing a simple Irish jig.

1st Grade: This week, students are singing, moving and creating new verses to the song When I Was One. They are also learning the new Solfege syllable La, and exploring its relationship to the syllables sol and mi.

2nd Grade: This week, students are exploring some Orff instrument improvisation with It’s Raining It’s Pouring and singing with expression in the songs Cat Came Back and Lollipop Tree. They are also reviewing the names of the lines and spaces on the music staff.

3rd Grade: This week, students are reading and playing sixteenth note rhythms with the song Dinah. They are also singing expressively with the song Donkey Riding and learning the movements that accompany the song to create a partner signing game.

4th Grade: This week, students are reviewing musical terms and composers they have learned this year with the song Categories. They are also putting together the xylophone part with the recorder melody they are learning for the ensemble Dix Ans.

Orchestra: This week, students are starting a new 4 part piece called Appalachian Hymn. They are also learning technical aspects of playing on their lower strings, and learning the note names for G string notes. Violin and viola players are continuing to strengthen their 4th  fingers.
Homework: Appalachian Hymn measures 17-25 and 33-41, Essential Elements #92 (Can-Can), #99, #100

Music News ~ Week of February 24-28

Kindergarten: This week, students are getting introduced to the difference between beat and rhythm and creating a visual representation of both with craft sticks. They are also singing solos and practicing matching pitch with the game song Kangaroo.

1st Grade: This week, students are practicing singing sol-mi singing patterns and hand symbols and reading eighth and quarter note rhythm patterns. They are also adding instruments to the song Aikendrum, and keeping a steady beat while playing partner game song Wishy Washy Wee. 

2nd Grade: This week, students are reviewing rondo form and improvising answers to a musical question. They are working on the song The Cat Came Back, and are reading in partners through all 5 verses and discussing the story of the song. They are also practicing naming the names of the lines and spaces on the music staff. 

3rd Grade: This week, students are continuing to reinforce and experience the 3/4 time signature and learning a challenging partner stick game for the Maori song E Papa. They are also singing expressively and learning the terms staccato and legato while singing the song Donkey Riding. 

4th Grade: This week, students are completing a rhythmic dictation with all of their learned rhythms from this year. They are also playing the notes BAG on their recorders, and adding more instrumental parts to the ensemble piece we are working on in class using recorders, xylophones, and non-pitched percussion. 

Orchestra: This week, students are taking a playing test for Ode to Joy. They are also getting new music for Appalachian Hymn. Students can find their instrument in the videos below to help them with their homework this week, and in their learning of the new piece.

Homework – Appalachian Hymn measures 1-17, Essential Elements #93-#98

 

Music News ~ February 17th-21st

Kindergarten: This week, students are actively listening to Kangaroo from the Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens and moving to the music. They are also learning a game song about Kangaroos and solo singing as part of the Kangaroo game.

1st Grade: This week, students are practicing the sol-mi melodic patterns along with hand symbols. They are also reading quarter note, eighth note and quarter rest rhythmic patterns and playing them on non-pitched percussion instruments. 

2nd Grade: This week, students are learning the names of the lines and spaces on the treble clef staff. They are practicing my drawing the notes on the staff and by labeling written notes. They area also singing the song The Cat Came Back and discussing dynamics. 

3rd Grade: This week, students are exploring the 3/4 time signature by reading rhythmic patterns, and singing and playing the Maori stick game E Papa. They are also singing and creating movement to the song Donkey Riding. 

4th Grade: This week, students are reviewing reading the eighth and sixteenth note patterns (ti-ticka) with Let’s Catch a Rooster. They are also learning two new notes B and A on the recorder, and beginning learning the recorder part for an ensemble piece Dix Ans.

Orchestra: This week, students are continuing to work on playing and reading quarter and eighth note patterns with the piece Buckeye Salute. They are also working on left hand pizzicato and adding a third part to Georgia Railroad. At home practice is going to be crucial as we are adding more difficult techniques to our repertoire! Repetition and muscle memory will be the KEY to your success. Keep up the good work!
Practice Homework: Ode to Joy

Music News ~ Week of February 10-14

*No School on Friday, which means all music classes will only meet one time this week, aside from Kindergarten.*

Kindergarten: This week, students are learning to aurally distinguish different non-pitched percussion instruments using claves, sandpaper blocks, triangle, cowbell, hand drums, and jingle bells. They are also reviewing all of the musical opposites we have been covering in class with the book Big Bear, Small Mouse and adding musical instruments to tell the story. 

1st Grade: This week, students are actively listening to the piece Kangaroo by Camille Saint Saens and moving the changes in the music. They are also learning to read, sing, and use hand symbols for Solfege notes sol and mi. Solfege is a system of reading music notes that teaches the students to think of musical pitches in terms of intervals. 

2nd Grade: This week, students are reading rhythms and sol mi do pitches, and  improvising on xylophones to the song I See The Moon. They are also playing an action circle singing game called Circle Round the Zero.

3rd Grade: This week, students are learning about meter and time signatures and are experiencing 3/4 time signature with the song An Austrian Went Yodeling. They are also hearing a professional yodeler, and learning about the technique and history of yodeling. 

4th Grade: This week, students are learning a bean bag passing rhythm game to Yankee Doodle, learning how to count in a 6/8 time signature, and are passing off their Yellow Belts in Recorder Karate. 

Orchestra: This week, orchestra students will review all of their music from the year so far. They will also be reading quarter and eighth note rhythms on their instruments, and doing left hand finger strengthening exercises. Homework- Essential Elements #73 Buckeye Salute, #78-#86

Music News ~ Week of February 3-7

Kindergarten: This week, students will sing the action song Chew Chew and add non-pitched percussion instruments to play the beat. They are also singing songs about trains (Down by the Station and Paige’s Train) and practicing the concepts of fast and slow. The exploration of the xylophone continues this week with the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill and students will discover the different types of mallets used on the instrument.

1st Grade: This week, students are taking a rhythm reading assessment for reading quarter and eighth note rhythms (ta and ti-ti). They are learning the action song Rig a Jig and will sing while playing the game that goes with the song. Students are also learning the spiritual Michael Row and will be using the song to sing with good singing posture. 

2nd Grade: This week, students are learning how to draw a treble clef symbol and learning what it means in music. They are also getting introduced to the lines and spaces of the staff, and practicing putting notes on specific lines and spaces in preparation to learning the note names. They will also be playing a bean bag toss game on a floor staff. 

3rd Grade: This week, students are playing a rhythmic cup game along to Favorite Rag by Scott Joplin using eighth and quarter note rhythms. Students this week are learning about the Lunar New Year, and learning a traditional Chinese new year song Gong Xi Gong Xi. Another new song this week is called Love Somebody, which will be used to reinforce sixteenth notes and rondo form.  

4th Grade: This week, 4th grade students will be passing off their Orange belt for Recorder Karate. The Orange belt uses a new fingered note, the high D. They will also be learning about the 6/8 time signature, and reviewing syncopated rhythms.

Orchestra: This week in orchestra, students will be working playing Ragtime fiddles at a faster tempo. They will also be working on playing eighth and quarter note rhythms by sight, learning the musical symbols for up/down bow and working on ensemble skills.
Homework: Essential Elements #54-63, #71 Au Claire de la Lune, Georgia Railroad 

Music News ~ Week of January 27-31

Kindergarten: This week, kindergarten students are telling a story through song by singing the fairy tale of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty). They are creating class a story songbook, with each student drawing and singing one page of the book. 

1st Grade: No music class this week due to an assembly on Monday, and the Variety Show rehearsal on Friday. 

2nd Grade: This week, 2nd grade students are using beads to notate rhythms on beat sheets of familiar songs from earlier in the year, and making melodic contours for the melodies of Apples Peaches Pears and Plums and Pease Porridge Hot. They are also doing a listening log of Bach’s Minuet in G

3rd Grade: This week, 3rd grade students are singing a call and response song Yummy Yum Yum, beginning to learn an Orff instrument accompaniment for the song Rocky Mountain, and are using beads to notate rhythms of the song No Robbers on a beat sheet. There is only one music class this week due to the Variety Show rehearsal on Friday. 

4th Grade: This week, 4th grade students are singing, dancing, and making body percussion with the song I’ve Been to London. This song is a great practice for them to sing a melody using all of the notes of the F pentatonic scale, along with team/partner work. They are also continuing their practice on their recorders, and passing off the White Belt as a class. 

Orchestra: This week, orchestra students are learning the harmony part to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. They are also practicing sight reading, playing individually for French Folk Song and learning the new piece Georgia Railroad.
Homework: Essential Elements 36-45, Georgia Rail Road, French Folk Song 

Music News ~ Week of January 20-24

It has been difficult finding the rhythm in music class lately, with our snow days last week and shortened week this week. Grades 1 and 3 do not have any music classes this week due to our schedule. Kindergarten and grades 2, 4 and Orchestra only had one music class this week. I am greatly looking forward to getting back into a normal routine, and the start of the new semester next week! Here is what we’ve been up to this week:

Kindergarten: This week, students are exploring barred instruments! They are getting to look at and take apart a xylophone, and make discoveries about how the sound is created. They learned that the longer bars make a low sound, and the shorter bars make a high sound. 

2nd Grade: This week, 2nd grade students are reviewing note reading by doing a rhythmic play along on rhythm sticks. They are also singing a sea chantey called Haul in the Bowlin, and playing a game with a song that we will use next week to notate quarter and eighth notes on a beat chart.

4th Grade: This week, students are learning about how to tongue notes on their recorders, and how to make a beautiful sound without squeaks. They are working on playing eighth and quarter note rhythms using the notes C and A, and reading melodies using the two notes. 

Orchestra: This week, orchestra students are working on their bow arms. They are focusing on making sure their bow stays straight while they are playing, using the whole bow to create sound, and only moving from the elbow joint. I encourage students to practice in front of a mirror at home to make sure they are keeping their bow parallel to the bridge while playing.
Homework Assignment- Practice and be able to play the following at steady tempo: Essential Elements #23-#32, #34 Natalie’s Rose, French Folk Song

Music News ~ January 6-10

Kindergarten: This week, students are really exploring the musical concepts of fast and slow. They are singing and moving to songs that are fast and slow, hearing the difference in a variety of musical examples, and describing the how each tempo makes the listener feel.

1st Grade: This week, students are notating and reading eighth and quarter note rhythms using the song Strawberry Shortcake. They are also listening to Winter by Vivaldi and using balloons to move to the beat of the song.

2nd Grade: This week, students are practicing hand signs for Sol-Mi-Do melody patterns, and reinforcing Do. They are also learning about how to create an rhythmic ostinato to a song using names of fruit and rhythmic instruments.

3rd Grade: This week, students are learning how to sing in a canon with the song Donkeys Love Carrots, and are also creating a new verse to the song with a partner. Students will also learn a song in Japanese called January First and experience hearing the Japanese instrument, the koto.

4th Grade: This week, students will practice singing in a round and reinforcing 4 sixteenth note rhythmic patterns. They will also get an introduction to the recorders, learning about how to take care of the instruments and how to play their first notes.

Orchestra: This week, students are getting their Essential Elements method books. They will be reviewing all learned concepts, and beginning work in the Essential Element books.
Homework: Essential Elements #14-22

Music News ~ Week of December 9-13

O Holy Night Soloist Auditions This Week!

Mrs. Beshara, Mr. Mabalot and Mrs. Roland will be hearing students who are interested in singing the solo for O Holy Night at the Christmas Program this week. Auditions will take place in the St. Cecila Room on Thursday after school (December 12). There will be a sign up sheet located in the main school building by the office and on the third flood, with 5 minute time slots. All interested students are encourage to audition, at any grade or skill level!