This week, the first graders learned the word solo - when someone performs alone. First, we practiced different rhythm patterns as a group, and then some students were chosen to try it by themselves! They did a great job! We also played instruments this week. The students learned about rest position and playing position (as well as a few creative positions!), then played our "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" game from last week with rhythm sticks. The first graders loved singing "Welcome Back To School" again, and also started a new game called "Lucy Locket." We will continue playing it next week!
The second grade students played Rhythm Telephone. A 4 beat pattern (using du and du-de) was silently tapped out on someone's shoulder. Then, that person had to pass the pattern on to the next child's shoulder - and so on until all students have received the rhythm. To make it more challenging, our eyes were closed! We checked in with the last person in line to see if the pattern was the same as the one we gave at the beginning. It was tricky and a lot of fun! They also played a hiding game called "Closet Key, " which is similar to "Lucy Locket." This game helped them practice singing piano (quietly) and forte (loudly). They started a new game called "Grizzly Bear," which we will continue playing next week.
The third graders started learning how to decode rhythm patterns this week. They would hear a pattern played on the drum, then would repeat the pattern back to the teacher with rhythm syllables (du and du-de). They also reviewed "Tideo," and did the dance once more with a challenging twist. It was super tricky! We then started a new folk dance called "The Thread Follows the Needle." In the activity one student is a needle, another student is a knot, and the rest form a line as the thread. As they sing the song and perform the dance, they end up making "cross stitches" with their hands, like magic!
The fourth and fifth graders did similar activities during general music, using different songs. The fourth grade played with "Rocky Mountain," and fifth used "Sansa Kroma." They played a stick passing game and students were eliminated each round until we had a winner! They had to pass on the steady even beat, and hopefully did not end the song holding the Red Stick of Doom! :)
In chorus, we did our stretches and sang a new warm-up song (along to a fun musical recording!). Then, the students started to rehearse one of their songs for the winter concert called "Celebrations Around the World."
We hope you have an amazing weekend!