Kindergarten: This week in music class, students are practicing singing and sequencing with the song Alice The Camel, and playing percussion instruments to the rhythm of the song. They are also using singing and speaking voices, and using non-verbal communication to find partners with the song Hey There Friend.
1st Grade: This week in music class, students are creating new verses to the song When I Was One, playing rhythm patterns on rhythm sticks, and playing a singing game with the song We Are Dancing In The Forest.
2nd Grade: This week in music class, students are playing a chord accompaniment on xylophones to the song I See The Moon. They are also creating variations of the clapping song A Sailor Went to Sea.
3rd Grade: This week in music class, students are completing the first season of the Secret Chicken rhythm decoding game, and practicing a stick tossing pattern with partners to the song Sarasponda. They are also practicing reading sixteenth note rhythm patterns.
4th Grade: This week in music class, students are singing the song Let’s Catch a Rooster with a body percussion pattern. They are also learning about chords and strumming on their ukuleles, and learning to play the C7 and F chords.
Orchestra: This week in Orchestra, students are completing their Playing Test #4 of Lightly Row. They are also working on string transitions with the song Song of the Wind, and working in their Essential Elements books.
I am writing this post after the devastating floods that have affected our communities. I pray for the families of our school and community wide who may have lost their homes, businesses, and belongings to the flood waters.
This time of year, all music classes are working on preparing and memorizing a song to perform for the Christmas Program. The students are meeting this challenge with enthusiasm, and I have had many request at-home practice recourses for their songs. For each grade, I will provide some useful links for you and your child to look at and listen to together. Even just listening to the song is very valuable and an easy, passive way to aide in learning the music. We will continue to spend class time learning the music, but with emergency closures and break coming up, I wanted to make sure these tools are available to those who want to take advantage of them.
PK: This week, students are acting out the song Going on a Bear Hunt, and playing echo patterns and keeping a steady beat on rhythm sticks.
Kindergarten: This week, students are learning a song about hibernating bears, distinguishing between loud and quiet sounds, and creating loud and quiet patterns of their own to play on classroom instruments.
1st Grade: This week, students learned the song Bounce the Ball to practice keeping a steady beat. They also did active listening to the music of Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi, where they created a picture of what they heard.
2nd Grade: This week, students showed the actions of the song Tony Chestnut, and completed an active listening activity where they responded to the music Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi.
3rd Grade: This week, students completed an active listening response activity to the music of Autumn by Antonio Vivaldi. They also began learning the song and circle dance Old Brass Wagon.
4th Grade: This week, students practiced clapping syncopated rhythms, sung the Canoe Song in a 2 part round, and discussed and explored time signatures.
Orchestra: This week, students are learning to label their open string notes on the music staff, and beginning the learning of French Folk Song.
Kindergarten: This week, students danced the Danish Greeting Dance, played instruments along with the book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, and practiced slow and fast tempos with the poem Slowly Slowly.
1st Grade: This week, students performed My Many Colored Days and showed mood and tone color with their instruments. The will also be using instruments to accompany the book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, and moving different parts of their bodies to dance the Skeleton Dance.
2nd Grade: This week, students are playing a chord accompaniment on xylophones to the song Birds and Bats. They are also practicing echoing sol-mi patterns on instruments.
3rd Grade: This week, students are performing their group rondo project in class and reflecting on their performance. Then, they are playing barred instruments along to the song Skin and Bones.
4th Grade: This week, students played the Skeleton Dance on barred instruments, and read rhythms and played along to Hobgoblin by Robert Schumann. They will also be exploring and learning about Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saens and acting out the poem the composition is based on.
Orchestra: This week, students are learning the full song of Twinkle Variations, playing Mississippi Reel in 2 parts, and learning how to name notes on their instruments. They are filling out a fingering chart for their instruments, and practicing identifying open string notes on the music staff.
PK: This week, students sang a song using low, medium and high pitched voices. They also determined which sounds they heard were fast or slow, and moved their bodies to the beat of songs they sang.
Kindergarten: This week, students practiced following a leader when playing rhythm sticks and learned about non-verbal cues musicians need to use when playing all together. They also danced the Doggie Dance and moved their bodies to the beat.
1st grade: This week, students are practicing their chosen instrument for My Many Colored Days to perform next week. We only had one music class this week because of the teacher retreat on Friday.
2nd grade: This week, students are performing a C major scale with a partner on barred instruments. They are also practicing the clapping game Miss Mary Mac – Ask your child to teach you the clapping pattern and song!
3rd grade: This week, students are continuing their work creating a rondo. They are writing their own 16 beat rhythm, clapping it to a steady beat, then choosing an instrument to play their rhythm on.
4th grade: This week, students are learning the Canoe Song and exploring syncopated rhythms. We only had one music class this week because of the teacher retreat on Friday.
Orchestra: This week, students are learning the song I’m a Little Monkey using all of their fingers on the fingerboard, and uploading a bow hold video on the class Flipgrid.
PK: This week, students showed melodic direction with a scarf dance to the song Fallen Leaves. They also added hand motions to tell the story song of the 5 Little Ducks, and are becoming quicker at finding and using their individual fingers!
K: This week, students showed melodic direction with a scarf dance to the song Falling Leaves. They also learned the song Good King Leopold to practice using their 4 voices (speaking, whisper, shouting and singing).
1st: This week, students are building on their work with tone color in the book My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. Last week they acted out their color (mood), and this week they will decide how they can show their color with sound using classroom percussion instruments.
2nd: This week, students are learning about the musical scale – a sequence of 8 notes ascending and descending. They are playing a C major scale on barred instruments, and working with a partner to play a scale in a creative way to play for the class next week.
3rd: This week, students are working in small groups on a rondo project with the song Shake the Papaya. Groups are creating their own dance or body percussion to go with the A section of the song.
4th: This week, students are putting together both of the instrumental parts of Rocky Mountain (melody and percussion). They are also learning a 4 beat stone passing pattern to accompany a song they will be learning next week.
Orchestra: This week, orchestra students are learning their left hand placement and placing the fingers down on the string for the first time. They received finger tapes for their fingerboards, to help them learn where their left hand fingers go to play in tune. Students should continue practicing everything we are learning in class, especially things that still feel difficult, such the bow hold and keeping a straight bow while on the string. A playing test is coming up next week!
PK: This week, Pre-K students learned the song 5 Little Ducks and acted out a finger play as they sang!
K: This week, kindergarten students explored high and low pitches with the poem Jack and Jill. Each student got to use a mallet to play on a xylophone or glockenspiel to show the direction of Jack and Jill going up and down the hill.
1st: This week, 1st grade students are exploring tone color (timbre) with the book My Many Colored Days, and are learning to convey mood using musical instruments.
2nd: This week, 2nd grade students are practicing mallet technique with Engine Engine Number 9, and playing a C major scale on barred instruments.
3rd: This week, 3rd grade students learned a new greeting and warm up song with a focus on pitch. They began to explore improvising on body percussion, and learning about rondo form with the song Shake the Papaya.
4th: This week, 4th grade students are playing the melody of the song Rocky Mountain on barred instruments, and dancing a circle dance that accompanies the song.
Orchestra: This week, orchestra students are solidifying their bow hold and playing positions. They are playing rhythms with their bows on the string, and learning a Harmony part to the song Mississippi Reel.
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.