Students have been working hard to develop a beautiful tone on recorder and they are making great progress. This week, classes began playing B A Superhero, Hot Cross Fun and Gift of GAB. This class is watching an orchestra perform The Flight of the Bumble Bee by 19th century Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky Korsokov. This piece is an excellent example of how composers can vary dynamics and expression in music to achieve a specific sound or feel. Students will begin to practice our parody of this piece on recorder called Fright of the Blunder Bee. They can practice at home along with recordings found in the Google Drive folder on the homepage of this site! Please encourage them to practice for 5 minutes every day.
1st graders have been singing, playing musical games and moving to music this past month. We've been exploring locomotor and non-locomotor ways of moving to music and we've begun to record these ideas with our Alphabet Actions chart. We read the well loved book Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. As each new animal enters the cave, students contribute the sounds that the story requires! We decode the rhythms of these sounds and will transfer them to instruments this week. Here is a clip of on class practicing their favorite rhythmic pattern, "burp, burp, burp, excuse me!" which becomes "ta, ta, ta-di, ta-di".