This week, the first graders learned a chant called "I Think Music's Neat." Learning this chant has helped the students realize that the number of beats in a song or chant stays the same- even if you perform it with a different tempo! The students also added three percussions instrument to the song,"Thump, Thump, Thump." A hand drum was played during the crescendo on the words, "Thump, Thump, Thump," a triangle was played on a quarter rest, and egg shakers were played on the spooky words, "Who's There?"
The second grade students read a story called "Old Wind." There are many different characters in the story, and each was represented by a different instrument. The students played the hand drum, sand blocks, ratchet, vibraslap, whip, glockenspiel, chimes, or made sound effects with their voices!
Here are their performances:
In third grade, the students listened to "Funeral March of a Marionette," by a French composer, Charles Gounod. A few students had the opportunity to move a skeleton marionette as we listened to the song. We also played a game called, "Pass the Broomstick" that reinforces steady beat. The song is in minor and to prepare for this, they sang a minor scale. Rhythm sticks were given to each student to represent broomsticks. Then they learned how to pass a rhythm stick along to the steady beat. On the last beat of the song, whoever had two or more more sticks were out.
Fourth graders have finished preparing for the Veteran's Day Assembly. The assembly is this Thursday, November 7th at 1:30 p.m. Due to space limitations, ONLY the parents of fourth graders may attend. As a reminder, if you would like your child to be dismissed with you, they must send in a note that day. The front office is VERY strict about this policy. Thank you in advance!
The fourth grade students also finished learning the Bridge to Athlone dance.
Fifth grade students started to learn a song called "Halloween Night." We discussed the song's tonality (minor), and reviewed how to read a musical score. They had just enough time to learn two different xylophone parts, and we will continue playing next week.
Have a Spooktacular weekend!