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Friday, May 6, 2016

Weekly Review 5/2 - 5/6

Good afternoon!

This week, the first graders continued to learn about the Carnival of the Animals, by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns.  They followed a listening map to the "Fossils" movement, and learned all about the featured instruments:  the piano, clarinet, and of course the xylophone!  Then, they watched a video which includes an orchestra performing the Carnival of the Animals, alongside real animals at the zoo!

Moving around like lions!

Fossils listening maps

The second grade students have been working on awesome project - class compositions.  Each class worked together as a team to write a two measure song, and the students (working in pairs) have been writing lyrics.  We discussed the importance of matching up the syllables with the rhythm - each note must be paired with only one syllable.  They have done an amazing job, and we can't wait to share them with you next week!

The third graders learned two new notes this week, high C and high D.  The fingerings are a little tricky, so we will review them next week.  We also played through the blue belt song, "Twinkle Twinkle," and worked on "Juba Jive."  We cannot wait for you to hear their fabulous recorder playing at their performance in June!

The fourth and fifth graders have had fantastic combined chorus rehearsals this week!  We have our dress rehearsal next Tuesday, and then our concerts are on Wednesday.  We hope you can attend our evening performance on the 11th at 7:00!

Have an amazing weekend!  :)

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