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Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekly Review 1/17-1/20

It was a short week in music. Here is what we did.....

In first grade, students finished the Peter and the Wolf listening map activity.   Each part of the map included a fun activity, such as drawing the different characters and identifying different instruments. Here is list of all the character in the fairytale. Each character in the story represents an instrument and has a musical theme:

The second graders learned two new instrument families this week:  the brass family and the  string family.

Common Brass Family Instruments:
French Horn

Common String Family Instruments:
Double Bass

Next Friday, Jan. 27th, our third grade students will take a field trip to Carey Hall to watch the Lexington Symphony perform. We will leave at 9:15am and will be back by 11:30am. Dressing up is highly encouraged! We will also have our recorder test on Tuesday and Wednesday so don't forget to study! Everything that you need to know is on the study guide!

Our fourth graders practiced playing chordal accompaniments to, "Auld Lang Syne" while the fifth grade students practiced playing chordal accompaniments to the famous 80's hit, "Take On Me." Here is a video of Mrs. Weinberg's class performing, "Auld Lang Syne" while Mrs. Warford's class is singing the song:

In chorus, both grade levels completed the fun food song, "Fugue for Fast Food." Fourth grade students also finished learning their grade level song, "Peter Piper." 

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weekly Review 1/9-1/13

In first grade students learned a fun little song with movements called, "A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea," Each time we sang the song, we replaced the word "sea" with hands, chop, knee, toe, and Oo- was- she was." We came up with movements to reflect those words. We also began our  "Peter and the Wolf" unit which is a story and musical piece by the Russian composer.  We read the book first, then started a listening map in the second class.  As the students listened to the story and orchestral music (narrated by Patrick Stewart), they completed the activities in each box.  We will be finishing this activity next week!

The second graders  started a new unit on instrument families.  The four main instrument families are: brass, woodwind, string, and percussion. This week the students learned about the percussion family. In order for an instrument to be categorized in the percussion family, the instrument needs to be shacked, struck, scrapped. Some instruments from the percussion family include: maracas, timpani, piano, triangle, hand drum, and xylophone. 

The third graders had a VERY exciting week!  Four members from the Lexington Symphony Orchestra visited Memorial to help prepare the students for next January 27th's field trip. There is still time to turn in your money for the field trip. It is only $1! Recorders are $6 each and they are due next week.

Here is a video and some pictures from the visit this week:

Our fourth and fifth grade students got the opportunity to review how to play the tone chimes with the correct technique. We played an accompaniment using various chords to two different songs. The fourth graders played chordal accompaniments to, "Auld Lang Syne" while the fifth grade students played chordal accompaniments to the famous 80's hit, "Take On Me." Here is a video of Mrs. Harlow's class performing, "Auld Lang Syne"

This week was our first chorus rehearsal for 2017. We began the class with a fun warm up of the folk song, "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean." Every time we sang a word that began with a "B," we had to stand up or sit down. Our theme for our spring concert is, "The Elements of Music." Fourth graders learned a fun song tongue twister song with tempo changes called, "Peter Piper" while the fifth graders learned "Fast Food for Fugue." Many of us started getting hungry and craved for hamburgers and fries while singing the song.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

Monday, January 9, 2017

String Update and Assignment (plus lunch group photos!)

Fourth Graders
4A, 4B, 4C:  All fourth grade students worked on a new song for the Spring Concert - Strings Will Rock You.  They are trying to improve their reading skills, so for this song, please don't write in note names/fingerings!  I also gave them another concert song, Final Countdown.

Assignment for 4th graders:
  • Strings Will Rock You - we will be playing this in orchestra this Thursday!
  • Pages 15/16 - students should work on these pages next week.  We won't have a lesson on Monday due to MLK Day, so this will help them stay on track.

Fifth Graders
5A and 5B:  

Assignment for 5th graders:
  • Strings Will Rock You
  • D Scale:  Half notes, then quarter notes, then eighth notes...followed by sixteenth notes if you can!  
  • Final Countdown

Here are some pictures from the lunch group we had back in December. We were celebrating all of the hard work and practice that the students endured leading up to the winter concert.  I'm so proud of them!