1st graders have been asking for song sheets to take home so they can practice words and sing for their families. Keep an eye out for this paper coming home to you from your classroom teacher! You should also be able to download and print the song sheet out from here as well. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
2nd graders have been playing classroom instruments such as shakers, rain-sticks, vibraslap, xylophone, metallophone and glockenspiel. Ask your child what each of these instruments is! They have been discovering and developing the self control that is needed to successfully play music with a group. They have been singing and playing games along with our practice and really enjoying "as many turns as possible!" In the first video, students are singing a song about bats and accompanying on xylophone. In the second video, students are playing a game called "Pass the Pumpkin" and rotating through the instrument stations set up behind the circle. This game reinforces steady beat, quarter, eighth and half note rhythms, and singing and playing in a minor key. It's also really fun!
First grade students have been singing songs, moving with purpose to music, and playing games that reinforce steady beat and tuneful singing. Here, two classes are playing a well loved game called "Pumpkin Patch". This week, we will be listening to and moving to "The Wild Horseman" by Robert Schumann and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg. Play these songs at home and see what your children can tell you about each piece!
Each day in music class we sing songs and play games that help develop tuneful singing and a sense of steady beat. Tuneful singing is not necessarily something that comes naturally to all children and so we spend time each day on vocal exploration, echo songs and chants that help students learn more about how to make high and low sounds, how to change between their singing and talking voices, and how to keep the beat. Here, two brave students are demonstrating Acorn Song into the "microphone". I was so proud of them for volunteering and singing in front of all of their friends!