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The groundhog predicted an early spring, baseball is coming back, and the music room is filled with excited students ready to learn!
Currently happening in the music room
Kindergarten is working on fast and slow.
We are pretending to be trains and talked about when trains travel slow and fast and medium. We sang two fun songs called "Engine, Engine #9" and "Little Red Caboose". We got to use shakers to make train chugging sounds and we will soon play other instruments fast and slow.
*1st graders did a great job playing "Bounce High, Bounce Low" on xylophones. We're now learning a new song called "Green, Green Rocky" that is going to teach us a new rhythm note.
*2nd graders have been learning about jazz, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. They learned jazz came from African-Americans living in the south and it was invented in New Orleans. They performed and moved to jazz versions of "When the Saints.." and "A-Tisket, a-tasket". They are currently working on call and response and improvising with the song "Hambone".
*3rd graders are turning into great recorder players.
They learned the note "A" and how to hold two fingers and their thumb down to play it. We had a fun song called "No, no, no" using the note A and we are currently playing an accompaniment on recorder with the dance song "I don't care if the rain comes down". We learned accompany means 'to go with'.
*4th graders are composing a snack song with the different combinations of rhythm notes including quarter, eighth, and sixteenth. They are using the pentatonic scale to put a melody to their rhythms and will soon be performing it on xylophones. They are looking forward to eating goldfish while listen to each other!
*5th graders are
starting a unit on the blues. We have learned the history and the origins of the blues, including how African-Americans took slave songs and spirituals and their culture from Africa to combine into the first American song genre. We learned the structure of the 12 bar blues, including chords and harmonies. We are studying lyrics and themes of the blues as well as melodies. We will be writing our own blues lyrics and melodies soon and publishing them.
Last Modified: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
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