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As we have been working furiously to wrap up unit 2, our melody unit, we decided to take a sneak peak into unit three this week by performing an accent dance to "Trepak" by Tchaikovksy. Ask your students how fun it was to dance with scarves and just what we expressed from the music with them!
Kindergarten: How did the music we worked with teach you about Hanukah?
First grade: How do you show sudden loud sounds in music? What mood did the sudden loud sounds give our song?
Second Grade: Can you sing a round correctly? How do you know you are singing/hearing a song in a round?
Third Grade: How do the solfege syllables go with the pattern that you played? How do you read solfege syllables on the musical staff?
Fourth grade: How would you explain the process of reading music to someone? How do the sharps we have introduced this week change that process?
Fifth grade: What is the purpose of the rondo form of "The Nutcracker March"?
Fourth grade students from Ms. Linn's class worked on several different "Words of the Week" today, practicing their notational skills with the treble clef. Students added sharps into the mix, learning that a sharp raises a note by a half step, and getting some practice both writing them and playing them. Students used their knowledge of the treble clef notation using sharps to play an accompaniment part on Orff instruments to the Nutcracker March.
RSVPs for the Second Grade Performance in February are coming home today. Please ask your student for theirs! Please see the announcements page for the night your student should attend. Ms. Bannon's students should attend the performance night of the teacher's class they normally attend music with, which has been indicated on each student's individual RSVP.
Kindergarten: What do you remember about "The Nutcracker" story? How does music help to tell the story?
1st: Why do you think music is used in celebrations?
2nd: How does each of our songs represent where it is from?
3rd: What is meter? How are rhythm and meter connected?
4th: How do you know when you are hearing Romantic Period music?
5th: How do you know when you are hearing a minor song?
Parents of Second Graders, please expect correspondence home shortly, regarding the second grade performance. Students in Ms. Goodloe, Ms. Kooistra, Ms. Wells and Ms. Denison's classes will be performing on the first night, February 3, and students in Ms. Wagner, Ms. Sarmir, Ms. Premo, and Ms. Pfaff's classes will perform on the 4th of February. Ms. Bannon's students will perform with the homeroom with which they attend music. Please have students dress up for this performance. See you in February!
General Music Specialist