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Friday, April 26, 2013

Weekly Review 4/22- 4/26

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful spring break. It has been such a busy week in music, especially for our 4th and 5th graders!

The first graders learned about form this week. A musical form refers to the structure or layout of a musical piece. We focused on ABA form, where the A section is completely different from the B section. Each class created their own ABA form using ta, ti-ti, and rest. Each section was 8 measures long. We then extended this activity by adding a body percussion to represent ta, ti-ti, and rest. The students had so much fun composing that next week, each student will pair up with another student and compose their own ABA composition. Stay tuned!

Second graders had the opportunity to review and experience "form" with the song, "Dipidu." This folk song is from Uganda and it means, "Good day to you!" This song was written using an AB form. The A section consisted of 3 beats while the B section consisted of 2 beats. During the A section, students walked around the room and performed 3 different body percussions. When the students sang the B section, students faced a partner and created their own body percussion for this section. These creative second graders will also be composing next week so stay tuned!

We are so proud that many of our third graders are on their purple belt! Since we had spring break, we thought it would be fun if we ran through all of the Recorder Karate belt songs with a piano accompaniment, up to the Black Belt.  Students only had to play up to the belt song that they earned. These songs include: Hot Cross Buns, Merrily We Roll Along, Gently Sleep, Lucy Locket, Old MacDonald, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Oh When the Saints, Amazing Grace, and Ode To Joy! Keep working towards those belts! We are also pleased to announce that our third graders will be singing at our Memorial Day concert on Friday, May 24th at 9:00am. We will begin rehearsing next week so stay tuned!

It is a busy time of the year for our Fourth and fifth graders! We are in concert mode! Only a week and a half before showtime! We had grade level combined rehearsals this week. Each class helped create dance movements to our songs. We can't wait for you to see all of their hard work! Please, Please ..... if you are still unsure of the lyrics to any of the songs, it is not too late! Look at the lyrics here

We hope that you all will enjoy the wonderful weather this weekend!

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