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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Weekly Review 3/18-3/22

Even though we had a snow day this week, that did not stop us from having fun in music!

Our first grade students continued the Irish theme by learning a song called, "If You Ever See a Leprechaun."  While singing the song, students passed around 2 shamrocks on a steady beat. Whoever ended up with the shamrocks after the song ended got to play either the bongo drum on the words "1,2,3," or got to play a glissando on the glockenspiel, after the word "pot."  First graders were really excited to finally play pizzicato on the open strings G and D. Pizzicato is a playing technique that involves plucking the strings of a string instrument with your finger.

Second graders were able to guess the bass line for one of their favorite songs: "Bluebird, Bluebird"
The students had a lot of fun singing the song and also playing the bass line on violin. They had to play the open strings- G, D, and A. The second graders are becoming very proficient in playing the open springs. I think it may be time to learn the fingered notes next week!

In third grade, the students reviewed the low note E and practiced playing on the recorder, "Lucy Locket." We also played the "Lucy Locket" game to go along with the green belt song. Many of the students played this game in first grade but wanted to play it again since it went along with the song. It was a lot of fun! We also learned the low note D. Since the note G and the low note D are very similar, we played the two notes with our eyes closed so that we could feel exactly which holes we were covering with our fingers.

Fourth grade and fifth grade students continued playing pizzicato on the violin on the open strings- G, D, A, and E. We played various 4 beat combinations using the open string notes.  Some of the students played 4 beat patterns on the violin and the rest of the class echoed their pattern.

In chorus, the fourth grade students sang "Turn the World Around" and "Cool Under Fire" with our piano accompanists. For both songs, we focused on dynamics and rhythm. The fifth graders finished "Singin' In the Rain" and added sound affects to "The Wind" song. We can't wait to add dance movements soon!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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