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Friday, May 8, 2015

Weekly Review 5/4- 5/8

We can't believe it is already May and next week, our 4th and 5th graders will be performing in their Spring Concert! Family and friends, please join us Wednesday, May 13th @ 7:00pm to see our fabulous musicians perform!

First graders composed an ABA form composition.  Working with their peers, students composed an 8 beat "A" section, and an 8 beat "B" section using ta's (quarter notes), ti-tis (eighth notes), and quarter rests. Next week, we will transfer these compositions to hand percussion instruments!

Our second grade students also worked together in groups of two to add lyrics their class composition.   Each group focused on making sure the syllables of each word in their song matched up to the rhythm in the composition. We have some many creative composers in second grade. Here is Mrs. Nelson's class performing their music compositions:

The second grade students also 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 grade students are continuing to work hard for their concert on Wednesday, June 10th.  
For the choral part of the concert, they continued learning, "My America." Mrs. Rzasa and I demonstrated how the two partner songs are sung and next week we will practice singing them together. We also started learning, "You're A Grand Old Flag."  Students reviewed high D, high C and F# on their recorder.

It is crunch time for our fourth and fifth grade students! The concert is just a few days away! Please go onto the blog to review the chorus lyric. We had three wonderful rehearsals in the past two weeks. Next Tuesday will be our last combined rehearsal! Incase you still have any question on the concert attire or what time to report to us in the evening, here is all the information:

  • Concert Attire:  
Morning - The students may wear regular school clothes in the daytime - but please no t-shirts with logos or words.
Evening - Red, white, and/or blue tops to go along with our theme of “America the Beautiful.”  Students must also wear black bottoms, and black shoes.  

  • Call Time:

Please make sure that your child arrives to the school at 6:40 p.m. Band students will report to the music room, string students will report to the lesson room, and chorus students who do not play an instrument will report to the gym.


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