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Friday, March 4, 2016

Weekly Review 2/29 - 3/4

This week, the first grade students reviewed the scale pitches of "so," "la," and "mi," performing them with different actions while they echoed 4 beat patterns.  Then, they were introduced to a new scale tone - "do."  They tested out their new solfege syllable by singing the song, "Charlie Over the Ocean."  The last pitch in that tune is a "do!"  The students had a great time playing the accompanying game, which is like a musical version of "Duck, Duck, Goose."  The first graders also sang a song in minor tonality this week called "Oh My."

The second graders had fun doing a new movement activity - "Just Dance."  It was a great way to get out some of our sillies, but to also respond to what was happening musically through dance.  We also started to learn music for our Memorial Day concert.  This year, the second graders will be hosting this important assembly, and bringing the school community together through song.  Parents of second graders will be invited to attend the performance on May 25th. We will send home more information as the date approaches!

The third graders have continued to practice their recorders this week.  By now, all students have received their white belts for accurately performing "Hot Cross Buns," and some students have even advanced to the yellow and orange belts!  We would like to remind parents to encourage your child to practice at home.  This will help ensure success in class.  If your child is struggling, they may attend extra help with myself or Mrs. Niu on Wednesday mornings from 8:10 - 8:30.

The fourth and fifth graders have completed their composition projects, and we have posted some of their performances HERE and HERE on the blog!  Next week, they will be starting their new unit, where they will add music and instrumental sound effects to children's literature.

In chorus, the students started two new pieces.  We introduced the fifth grade featured tune, "Mozart's Messy Room Sonata." and the fourth graders started "Ode to Beethoven."  The students were very excited to start rehearsing the "Kazoo Koncerto" as well!

We hope you have a lovely weekend!

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