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Friday, December 14, 2012

Weekly Review 12/12-12/14

Good morning,

This week has been an exciting one, and we have lots to share!

First grade students learned about verse and refrain form by singing "Jingle Bells."  The REfrain of the song is the part that gets REpeated, and it's the part that you usually REmember.  The part of the song that often gets forgotten is the verse- in this case, "Dashing through the snow..."  The kids enjoyed a jingle bell passing game while they sang.  During the second music class this week, they sang the song with sign language, then did a movement activity to the March from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker."  They pretended to be soldiers, puppets, and mice as each theme was heard.

The students in second grade also learned about Tchaikovsky.  This week we watched a video of "The Nutcracker." It was performed by the New York City Ballet.  The students now know that in a ballet, the story is conveyed through dance and movement instead of through spoken words.  The only voice you hear is the narrator, who occasionally speaks to give extra details about the story.  

In third grade, we are continuing to review music notation.  The students are starting to become more comfortable with it, and are getting excited about the upcoming recorder unit!  
  • A note to parents: Information about the recorder program will be going home today. Please email us if you have any questions!!  
Third graders also learned a fun circle dance to the tune "Jingle Bells," and played Music Mad Libs.  You can find out more information about that here.

And now.........

a BIG congratulations to 4th and 5th graders!!

The Winter Concert was amazing.  Mrs. Niu and I are so proud of all of the work you have done to prepare for it, and we hope you are all proud of yourselves as well!  

We watched a video of the concert in class and assessed the performance.  It is always beneficial for musicians to discuss how they did individually, and how they did as an ensemble.  It helps them to develop better musicianship.

We hope you have a relaxing weekend :)

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