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Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Review 1/25 - 1/29

This week, the first graders finished their Peter and the Wolf listening map.  They really enjoyed listening to the story, narrated by Patrick Stewart, as well as the beautiful music written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.  We started to watch the Peter and the Wolf movie as well, which we will finish next week!  As an extension to the song "A Sailor Went to Sea," the students added a fun clapping game.  It was a great week!

This week, second graders put all that they learned about the 4 instrument families to the test! They played an interactive game on the Touch It Board called "A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." It is based on Benjamin Britten's musical composition, "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra." It is a listening game that takes you on a safari adventure as you visit the 4 instrument families and unlock each of their games.  We will continue this awesome activity next week!

The third graders took their notation test this week.   We are so proud of the students for all of their hard work - they did a wonderful job!  Next week, they will be receiving their recorders so we can start this new and exciting unit!  If your child is using a recorder from home, please have them bring it to music class next week.  Thank you!

The fourth and fifth graders started a composing unit this week.  We reviewed the quarter note, eighth note pair, sixteenth notes, half note, quarter rest, and half rest.  Then, we played a fun flash card game to review how to read and count the rhythms.  

The fourth graders learned about ABA form - which can be heard in the popular tune "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."  The first section is the same as the last part, with something different (the B section) in the middle.  They will be using rhythmic notation to compose their song in ABA form.  

The fifth graders, however, learned a different musical form:  rondo.  Their rhythmic compositions will follow ABACABA form.  The A section is similar to a refrain, because it returns many times throughout the piece.   

In chorus this week, the students continued to work on the Painless Opera.  We even got up to the silly solo section! :)  The fifth grade students learned a bit more of the Ode to Beethoven, and the fourth graders have been working on mastering their featured song, the Surprise Symphony.  This concert is sure to be a hoot!

We hope that you have a fabulous weekend!

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