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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Weekly Review 3/30-4/2

Spring has sprung in music this week! The younger students played games related to eggs while the older students got a chance to use the bow on the violin!

The first graders helped bring in the spring season by playing a game and singing "I am Looking for Eggs." The students had so much fun looking for eggs hidden around the music room as they sang the fun, catchy song.   As soon as a student found an egg, they were directed to shake the egg shaker (which represented a Spring egg) to the beat of the song. The students who found the eggs during each round of the game became the ones that would hide the eggs for the rest of the class. We also had fun playing open strings on the violin. Sadly, next week will be our last week playing the violin for the 2013-2014 school year.

Second grade students also played an egg game called, "Spring Delight." Three baskets with three different rhythmic patterns were put into the middle of the circle.  Students passed around a spring basket filled with colorful eggs to the beat of the song.  Whoever has the basket on the last word of the song was the lucky winner who got a chance to open up one of the eggs. Inside each egg were two special things- a fun little sticker and a word that relates to the spring season. The lucky student got to keep the sticker but had to figure out which rhythmic egg basket their "special word" belonged too.  It was so much fun to see which rhythmic basket had the most eggs! Our second grade students also reviewed the notes F#, E and D by playing "Hot Cross Buns." We also learned how to play an ostinato to the Beatle's song, "Twist and Shout."

Our third grade students had so much fun practicing their learned notes on Joytunes that we revisited this website again this week. We reviewed low E and went over the green belt song, "Lucy Locket." For our centers, we added two new games: Musical Jenga and Musical Old Maid. Ask your 3rd grade students about these games.

For our fourth and fifth grade general music class, students continued to learn how to bow and learned how to play an ostinato to the famous pop song, "Shake It Off!" In chorus, we finished learning, "It Don't Mean a Thing," reviewed "Party in the USA" and "Land That We Love." Don't forget that our concert is on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00pm. We have just a little over a month left to prepare for our concert! Please start memorizing the songs!

We hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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