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Friday, January 24, 2014

Weekly Review 1/20 - 1/24

This week, the first and second graders continued to learn the four strings on the violin, and they reviewed rest and ready positions.  They really enjoyed having the opportunity to experiment with different rhythms! We also did a fun movement activity to the song "Soldier's Joy."  We discussed the country and folk style of the song, and learned about the fiddle!

This was a big and important week for the third graders.  Next week the students will be taking their music notation test.   To help them prepare, we spent time reviewing the parts of the staff, as well as the  process for reading and writing music notation.  We also took a practice test in class, and study guides were sent home.   Please help your child study if needed!  We are offering extra help today during recess, and are encouraging students to attend.  Luckily, many students had perfect scores on their practice tests and are ready for next week's exam!  

The fourth and fifth grade students played the violin this week!  They remember a lot from last year- how to hold the violin, the names of the strings, as well as the technique for playing pizzicato.  We'll be playing songs like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" before you know it!  In chorus, they sang through almost half of the gorgeous "Oceanus," as well as the fun and upbeat "I'se the B'y!"  We are excited to start a new song next week! 

A special thank you to Mrs. Wiernicke and Mr. Rabazzi's classes, who helped us show the Burlington Technology team how we use the iPads in music! 

**A note to third grade violin students:  I will be out of town on Monday, January 27th, and therefore lessons will be cancelled :( Your child does not need to bring their violin to school on Monday- but please encourage them to continue practicing!!**

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

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