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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekly Review 5/12 - 5/16

We had such an amazing week in music!

The first grade students worked in groups on a fun project.  They were each assigned to a different character from Peter and the Wolf (Peter, Grandpa, Bird, Duck, Cat, Wolf, or Hunters), and selected a percussion instrument to represent their character.  Just like in Prokofiev's composition, each character had a musical theme.  The students composed a four beat pattern on their selected percussion instrument as the theme for their character.  To complete the activity, we read the book and the students played their theme each time their character was mentioned, as the other group members acted out the story!

The second grade students learned about the Boomwhackers this week!  Boomwhackers are a set of colorful plastic tubes which produce a different pitch when struck.
The longest tube (with the lowest pitch) is C, and then the pitches ascend through the musical diatonic scale up to the smallest tube, high C.  We took turns playing the Boomwhackers, then even played some familiar songs such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb" and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!"

The third graders have continued to work on learning patriotic songs for their upcoming Flag Day assembly!  They reviewed our partner song, "You're A Grand Old Flag," and have started "Red White and Blue." It is so much fun to sing songs about our flag and country!  The students also enjoyed their centers day, and continued to test for their recorder belts.

The fourth and fifth graders worked extremely hard this week, rehearsing for their Spring Concert!!  The concert was on Thursday night, and they did such an incredible job!! We are so proud of them!  For those of you not in attendance, they performed the "Songs of the Sea." Mrs. Dressler wrote a lovely post about their morning concert, and you can read all about it HERE! :)

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