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Friday, September 30, 2016

Weekly Review 9/26-9/30

Here is what we did in music this week.....

In first grade, we learned a song and game called, "Lucy Locket." One person is Lucy (he/she hides the pocket book in the room) and another person Kitty Fisher (finds the pocket). The rest of the students play an important role in this game because they help Kitty Fisher find the pocket by how loud (forte) or quiet (piano) they sing the song. The students had so much fun playing this game!

Our second grade students finished the game, "Ickle Ockle" and then learned a song called, "I'm An Acorn." Students got to play the rhythm sticks after the words, "I'm a nut X X, I'm a nut XX." Then students paired up with another friend in their class and composed their own creative, "I'm a Nut" song. The only rule was that the last words of the first two lines had to rhyme. Here is one group performing their composition:

Here is an example of Mrs. Langone's class demonstrating rest position with their rhythm sticks:

The third grade took a little boat ride and learned a song called, "Two In Boat." At every stanza, students had to find a new partner to bring into the boat. At the last stanza, students "swung their partners round and round." We also learned a new musical style called calypso.  We then sang "Four White Horses," a traditional Caribbean folk tune with awesome steel drum accompaniment!  Once the song was mastered, we added a fun clapping routine.  Quartets of students clap the hands of the person across from them (either high or low) then clap the hands of their neighbors to the sides.  The routine repeats with regular hand claps in between each move, and alternating between high and low.   It is a little tough to get the hang of it, so we will continue this activity next week!

The fourth graders learned a cup game routine this week.  Next week we will change the tempo and do variations of the routine.

Fifth grade students finished the cup routine, "I've Been to Harlem." We also learned a challenging cup activity, which goes with Edward Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King."  We used a traditional recording of the piece, as well as a dubstep version

In chorus this week, we began rehearsal by doing stretching and vocal exercises in order to relax our muscles and prepare our voices. Fourth grade students learned their featured song, "Snow Day!" while fifth grade students learned their featured song, " The Candy Cane Twist." Both grade levels learned a fun medley song called, "North Pole Rock and Roll."

Here is a picture of Mrs. Gonzalez's and Mrs. Warford's class doing stretches:

We hope you all have a wonderful and dry weekend! 

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