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Friday, January 27, 2017

Weekly Review 1/23 - 1/27

This week, the first grade students have continued their Peter and the Wolf unit by watching the movie! We don't watch movies often in music class, but this one is a great way for the students to connect the story with the music.  Next week, they will be finishing this unit with a fun and exciting activity!

The second graders learned about the fourth instrument family - the woodwind family.  We read the book so the students can become more familiar with the main woodwinds in the orchestra: the flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon.  They also learned about the saxophone, but it is more typically found in a jazz band and not an orchestra.  Then, they celebrated Chinese New Year by learning a song called "Xin Nian Kuai Le." Once they could sing the song, we added accompaniment on the xylophones and  bongos.

The third grade students went on an amazing field trip this morning!  We visited Cary Hall in Lexington to see the Lexington Symphony perform.  They played music that dates back to the Medieval Period, and worked their way through music history...all the way up to Star Wars by John Williams!  Here are some photos from their trip:

They also took their notation test, and all of the students have passed!  Congrats!  Next week we will be starting to play the recorder.  If your child already has a recorder, please have them bring it in next week.  Thank you!

The fourth graders finished their chords unit this week.  Some of the students even played a chord accompaniment to Shake it Off!  It was a lot of fun.

The fifth grade students completed their chords unit as well!  They really enjoyed performing an accompaniment to A-Ha's Take on Me.

In chorus, we finished downloading the rest of our music and started rehearsing the new songs.  Most of the classes got to the end of the Fugue for Fast food, and the fourth graders can now sing all of Peter Piper!  The fifth graders voted on their featured song (which will be I Have a Shadow), and we started working on our combined song with a slower tempo - Listen to the Rain.

We hope you have an amazing weekend!

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