PK (Monday & Wednesday)– SEPTEMBER: We have started the year with body recognition and movements through the use of echo and animal songs. Students start with music to learn the songs with small movements. We will also be adding songs about color, passing a ball in a circle, PB&J, and trying some songs about the fall season (apples). OCTOBER: 5 Little Pumpkins is our new theme. Students have learned the story and hand gestures. They are now singing through the story while using all movements. The final step is to use the gym space to act out the entire story in groups of 5 while their classmates sing for them. Pumpkin Rolls are one of the classes favorite activities. We are still, per student request, starting with our movement songs from last month.
Kindergarten(Wednesday) & 1st Grade (Wednesday)– SEPTEMBER: The wonderful world of tempo has the students speaking Italian. We are currently focused on Tempo and trying to be experts in the field by learning 5 tempos: LARGO: Super Slow or snail speed, LENTO: Slow or turtle speed, ANDANTE: Walking Speed or we’ve been using a dog for the Andante animal, ALLEGRO: Jogging Speed as in Rabbits or a Galloping horse, and PRESTO: Super Fast, Running Tigers or Cheetahs. I’m sure the children would be more than happy to show you the difference between a Turtle and a Tiger…Just make sure they do it in Italian…OCTOBER: We have added on new tempo to our vocabulary: MODERATO: Marching. Ask for a demonstration. We will also discuss Spookley, The Square Pumpkin and will sing about action words as our new theme. The students final step is to try singing through the story while using all movements and tempos.
2nd Grade (Thursday)-SEPTEMBER:Students are starting the year with a rhythm review. We are working with 5 notes (notes make sounds) and 4 rests (no sound but they still fill music space). When the concept is reviewed, we are adding our first new concept of the year. TIME SIGNATURES!!! This will help the students learn to group our notes and rests together. OCTOBER: The area of Time Signature has been introduced, and students are starting to group their notes and rests into MEASURES (the space between 2 bar lines). You can ask if they remember the definition of a bar line. Our current Time Signatures are: 2/4, 3/4, 4/4. The time signature lets the students know how many beats to put in each measure.
3rd Grade (Thursday): SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER: After review of some basic note reading skills, the time has come…wait for it…RECORDERS! Fitting that we should start close to October, the beginning sounds of the recorder will fit right into the spirit of the season…Students will be working on 3 notes (BAG) and starting Recorder Karate. The program allows them to work at their own pace while they learn new songs and test for “belts” to add to their recorder. They are also starting to read music on a staff. Once you start to hear playing, ask for a demonstration and show off your skills by reminding them to keep their left hand on the top to play the notes and right hand steadying the bottom. Students are also continuing to work on their music theory skills and practicing their not reading and measure counting.
4-6th Grade (4th Wednesday, 5th Monday, 6th Tuesday): SEPTEMBER: Opening ceremonies have taken place (although, no formal ceremony actually took place except that school started) and the Music Olympics are about to begin! We are preparing for our first challenge, and students have accepted the friendly competition. Our kick off event will be composing a simple chant using the words from our national anthem. OCTOBER: We have started challenge #2. The first challenge is now officially started and will be continuing as we move forward. Challenge #2 deals with the notes, rests and values. All teams are working extremely hard for this one. Teams had the opportunity to earn bonus points as well for sportsmanship and behavior. Challenge #3 will take the values of the notes and rests and compete in a musical math challenge. The standings: 6th Grade in first. 5th grade is currently in 2nd place. 4th grade is keeping pace with their challengers, and in 3rd place.