Good afternoon! We had another fantastic week in music...here's what we did:
The first grade students continued to work on beat- they played our "Beat in Your Feet" game, chanted "I can Keep a Steady Beat," and played "Beat Leaders" (while listening to a march by Sousa!). They also sang the "Ghost of John" and "The Bats are All Asleep." We discussed what it means to be nocturnal, and their new music vocabulary words this week were crescendo and decrescendo. Some students also participated in an awesome activity called "Looking for Dracula."
In second grade, the students sang the minor scale. They listened for the difference between major and minor tonalities, and reviewed the "Ghost of John" from first grade. They sang the song with an ostinato, as well as in a round! Some students learned a new song for Halloween called the "Witches' Stew"....we hope to add percussion instrument sound effects next week!
The third grade students played percussion instruments during "Ding Dong,"making sure to play on their assigned rhythmic patterns. We rotated groups so that each student could play each part.
They learned a new song (in a minor tonality) called "9 Lives." Some students even played the alto and soprano xylophones to match the melody!
The fourth and fifth grade students watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and listened carefully for the tunes that we are singing in our Winter Concert. They also downloaded PiaScore, the app that we are using in chorus on their iPads! In chorus, the students rehearsed "Grinch!," "All I Want for Christmas is You," and started a new song- "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year."
Please have a safe and wonderful three day weekend!