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Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly Review 3/13- 3/17

The first grade students enjoyed learning and playing on hand percussion instruments.  They can now identify and play the following instruments:
  • Rhythm Sticks
  • Triangle
  • Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Cowbell
  • Agogo Bells
  • Cabasa
  • Vibraslap
  • Jingle Bells
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Egg Shakers
  • Maracas
  • Guiro
  • Wood Block
  • Sand Blocks
  • Tambourine
To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the students also learned a song about a leprechaun.  They then played a game that included a hand drum as well as a glissando on the glockenspiel.

The second grade students also celebrated St. Patrick's Day by making up their own folk dances to accompany the Irish Washerwoman song.   Check out some of their videos below!

The third graders have been doing an amazing job on their recorders and in the recorder centers!  Many of them have started the green belt (Lucy Locket), so we are now working on low E.  Just as a reminder, if you need extra help or would like to get tested on your next belt song, Mrs. Niu will be available on Tuesdays from 8;10am-8:30am and Mrs. Rzasa will be available on Fridays from 8:10am-8:30am.

Our fourth grade students completed and performed their ABA compositions. Here are their compositions by classes: ABA Compositions

Our fifth grade students completed and performed their RONDO form compositions. Here are their performances by classes: RONDO form compositions.

In chorus, fifth grade students continued to work on their grade level song, "I Have a Shadow" and learned, "Galop." Fourth grade students continued working on, "Galop" and "Listen to the Rain." Thank you to all those who tried out for the solo or dance parts! We have so many talented musicians!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 13, 2017

4th Grade- ABA Composition

The fourth grade students have been working on compositions in ABA Form.   In ABA form, the beginning and end of the composition are the same, and it the B theme is different.  "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" is an example of a popular tune in ABA form.

The compositions must:

  • be in ABA Form
  • have 4 measures in each section
  • have a 4/4 time signature
  • use half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests
The students then selected hand percussion instruments for their performances.  Please check out some of their videos!



5th Grade- Rondo Form Compositions

The fifth grade students have been working on compositions in Rondo Form.   In rondo form, a main theme (similar to a refrain), alternates with other contrasting themes.  The compositions must:

  • be in ABACABA (rondo) Form
  • have 2 measures in each section
  • have a 4/4 time signature
  • use half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, half rests, and quarter rests
The students then selected hand percussion instruments for their performances.  Please check out some of their videos!



Monday, March 6, 2017

String Update and Assignment

Fourth Graders
4A, 4B, 4C:  All fourth grade students worked on their grade level song, the Surprise Symphony.  For Final Countdown, we talked about how important it is to be independent on your part.  We have been rocking this piece in lessons, and then struggling in orchestra.  Remember to keep counting, and you'll do great! :)

Assignment for 4th graders:
  • D Scale
  • Surprise Symphony
  • Final Countdown 
  • Strings Will Rock You

Fifth Graders
5A and 5B:  

Assignment for 5th graders:
  • D Scale
  • Final Countdown
  • Continue to work on your Twinkle variations!  
  • Blue Danube Waltz

Friday, March 3, 2017

Weekly Review 2/27 - 3/3

This week in music, the first grade students completed their Peter and the Wolf composition projects. We uploaded the last two videos here - they did a great job!  They also reinforced the resting tone in major tonality (do) with a fun song called "Charlie Over the Ocean."  They had to decode the secret meaning behind the fish we drew on the board.  The fish swimming higher in the ocean were "so," the fish swimming in the middle were "mi," the lowest fish was "do," and the seaweed represented quarter rests!  Then, they played a game which is similar to "Duck Duck Goose" while singing the song.

We had an "extra" music class with two of the first grade groups, so they composed new rhyming lyrics to "Oh My."  They did an amazing job!

The second graders tested their ability to recognize the unique sounds of instruments by playing "Instrument Bingo."  Students were given bingo cards with photos of different orchestral and world instruments. Then, they would hear a recording of an instrument and had to identify it based on its sound, and check their card to see if they had it.  The students who got five instruments in a row earned BINGO, and got to select a special music prize from our prize box.

The third graders have continued to do the activities in our different music centers, while testing for their next belts in Recorder Karate.  We are so proud of their progress so far!  If your child is having difficulties, they can always come down to see us for extra help.  On their instructional day, the third grade students worked on counting rhythms and sight reading Gently Sleep.  We also had time to play JoyTunes!  Scroll down to the bottom of this page to get more info on how to play at home.

The fourth and fifth grade students have started to record their composition projects and perform for their peers.  The fourth grade projects are in ABA Form, and the fifth graders composed in Rondo Form.  We will be uploading them soon!

In chorus, the students all worked on their grade level pieces.  We also rehearsed "Listen to the Rain" and "Galop."  We will start selecting students for speaking parts, and will hold auditions for dances/solos soon.  This is sure to be an amazing performance!

Congratulations to all students who participated in the All-Town Band concert last night!

Orchestration of Peter and The Wolf

Here is Mrs. Gearin and Mrs. Farrell's classes performing Peter and the Wolf.

The students selected a hand percussion instrument for each character, then composed a short rhythm to be played when that character is mentioned in the story.