Happy Holidays!

This was our last week before the Winter Break! This week KG2 practiced expressing themselves through movement and saying how music makes them feel. We danced like candy canes to the Candy Cane Dance from “The Nutcracker”. I also brought in my instrument, the euphonium, and showed them how it works and played a piece.

I hope you all enjoy your break! I will see you in January.

Back to Music with KG2!

This week was the first week back in music for KG2! I am very excited to be working with them again. This week we learned about high notes and low notes. We also played with the Orff instruments for the first time and learned their names: xylophones and metallophones! We learned to play “Bounce High, Bounce Low” on these instruments. We also learned a new fingerplay, “Little Mousie Brown”, explored our voices by following the shape of a ribbon, made up silly rhymes for the song “Down by the Bay”, played a new game, “Little Sally Walker”, and talked about emotions with “John the Rabbit”. Our songtale this week was “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

Last Week of Grade 1

This week was the last week of music for Grade 1 until February. This week we learned about the Journey of Music and talked about how music is created. Then we put this into practice by composing our own pieces and performing them for the class. We learned one new song this week, “Tony Chestnut” and had a lot of fun singing and do the movements to this song. Next week I will be back with KG2 for the second rotation of specials.

Grade 1 Week 3

This week in Grade 1 we learned new rhythms! We learned ta, tadi, and rest and played a fun Poison Rhythm game to practice. We also kept learning about solo and ensembles as well as new songs and games. We learned “No More Pie”, which we danced to using all of our levels (high, medium, and low). We sang “Fiddlers Playing” and got to experience a new instrument: the tambourine! The class was split into three groups: one group sang the song, one group played the tambourines, and one group danced with ribbons. Finally, we learned a new game: “All Around the Buttercup”. Next week is the last week of music for Grade 1 (for now) and we will be learning about the Journey of Music.

Grade 1 Update

This week was a short week, but we still managed to pack in a lot of music! We were focusing on the difference between a solo and an ensemble, and the different sizes of ensembles. We learned new songs, dances, and games as well. This week we learned “Kye Kye Kule”, “Hop Old Squirrel”, “Bow Wow Wow”, and “Cut the Cake”. I hope to see you at Parent-Teacher conferences either Wednesday or Thursday! I will be in the Elementary School Library and am happy to talk about how your child is doing in music and what we’re learning.

First Week for Grade 1

This week was the first week of music for Grade 1! We had a good time learning new songs and games. We learned the difference between beat and rhythm and are now able to do the beat or rhythm with the songs we know. The songs we learned this week were “Little Sally Walker”, “Flea! Fly!”, “Old Obidiah”, and “Closet Key”. We also played with the rhythm sticks. We investigated what kinds of sounds we can make with the sticks and played along with music at different speeds. Next week we will be learning about the different sizes of musical ensembles!

Final Week for Grade 2!

This week was the last week of music for Grade 2 until January. This week we were composers and wrote our very own piece in AB form using the different rhythms we learned over the past month. On Thursday we had a choice day where the students got to choose what activities they wanted to do based on what songs and games we learned in the past month. Next Grade 2 goes to PE and Grade 1 has music. I am looking forward to working with Grade 2 again in January!

Grade 2 Week 3

This week Grade 2 was learning about musical form. We sang call and response songs as well as songs in AB form. We created accompaniments for a song we were singing using many different classroom instruments. On Thursday the class learned the dance from “Thriller” as part of the Halloween celebrations. The songs we learned this week were “John Kanaka”, “Black Snake”, and “There Was an Old Woman”. Next week is our last week (for now!) so we will be composing our own pieces of music.

Grade 2 Update

This week grade 2 learned about half notes (or “too”). We also continued to work with ostinati and the students wrote their own ostinato and chose what body percussion they wanted to use to play it. The songs we learned this week were “Sally Go ‘Round the Sun”, “Tony Chestnut”, and “Bluebird Through my Window.” We also continued to sing “Bear Comes Knockin'”.