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Friday, January 30, 2015

Weekly Review 1/26 - 1/30

Due to the snow days, we didn't as full of a week as usual- but that didn't stop us from having a great time in music class!

Some of the first graders made a Peter and the Wolf book to take home.  Each instrument from the story had its own page, and the students colored it in- while listening to a recording of the music, of course. :)  Next, they had the opportunity to draw the corresponding character on the opposite page, to make connections between the instrument and the animal/person.  For the second music class, we started watching a Peter and the Wolf movie!

The second grade students have been learning about the four main instrument families, and this week they started to learn about the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.  The piece was composed by Benjamin Britten, a famous English composer, in 1946.   It was written to help teach children about the instruments of the orchestra.  The second graders played an interactive Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra game in class- it is a listening activity that takes you on a safari adventure as you visit the four instrument families and unlock each of their games.

The third graders went on their field trip yesterday to see the Lexington Symphony perform.  You can find a blog post (with pictures) by clicking HERE.  We wrote thank you letters to the symphony to show our appreciation for their musical skill!  Next week, the students will be taking a practice test to prepare for our notation test.

The fourth graders continued working on their new chorus songs!  We first listened to a recording of "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Sing Sing Sing" to reinforce the tricky rhythms, then tried singing it.  The students did such a wonderful job with the syncopated, swinging rhythms!  We also reviewed "Land That I Love" and started "Sourwood Mountain."

The fifth grade students continued their rhythmic compositions.  Some students were ready to move to percussion instruments.  Next week, all students will be practicing their compositions on instruments, then will perform them for the class the following week!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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