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Friday, February 27, 2015

Weekly Review 2/23-2/27

Wow! We made it to the first full week of school since the beginning of January! We are all hoping and praying that there will be no more snow days! We are ready for spring!

Our first grade friends learned that our human body is an instrument! The four main body percussion sounds are stomp, patshe (patting one or both thighs with the hand), clap and stomp. We used these body percussion sounds to practice beat and rhythm. The violins have rotated to Memorial so every first grade student will have the opportunity to play the violin! We began this unit by reading the book, "Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!" We also learned a fun song and game called, "The Button and the Key." One student comes forward to the room and closes their eyes while the rest of the class sings the song. Another student is in charge of distributing the button and the key before the solo parts. Whoever has the button will sing, " I have the button" and whoever has the key will sing, "I have the key." The student in front of the room has to guess who had those items. It was exciting to see how each student guess and sang their solo parts.

In second grade, our students finished the last section of the Young Person's Guide- the percussion section. A game called, "Instrument Bingo" was played during our second music class to help reinforce the sounds of each instrument. Students were given instrument bingo parts and had to listen to the sounds of each instrument and match them to the pictures on their instrument bingo card. When a student calls out, "BINGO!" Mrs. Rzasa and I check it on our master sheet and they receive a small musical prize. The students enjoyed playing this game a lot that we will play another round next week! Here are some pictures of students playing Instrument Bingo:

It's Recorder time for our wonderful third graders!  Please don't forget to bring your folder and recorder during the days that you have music because Mrs. Rzasa and I will be taking recorder attendance! We reviewed the notes, "B, A, & G" and went over how to play the white belt song, "Hot Cross Bun." Here is a fun little song called, "I Knew You Were Treble." See if you can recognize the familiar tune. The student really enjoyed singing this song!

Our fourth and fifth grade students practiced their compositions with their percussion instrument. We will be performing them next week so stay tuned! Here is a sneak preview of fourth grade students diligently rehearsing:

In chorus, fifth grade students went over their grade level featured song, "Johnny B. Goode." Here is a video clip of them rehearsing the refrain:

Fourth grade students continued to work on their grade level featured song, "Sourwood Mountain!" I must congratulate the boys for singing out on their featured solo part!

Both grade levels worked on the ending to, "Land That We Love," and continued to work on, "It Don't Mean a Thing!"

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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