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 and trying some songs about the fall season (apples).
Kindergarten(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) & 1st Grade (Monday & Thursday)– SEPTEMBER: The wonderful world of tempo has the students speaking Italian. With the co-teaching powers of Ms. Schenck, we have a unique perspective on our music and PE programs at the PK-1 levels. Students work on concepts individually in music and PE, and they are immediately reinforced by a cooperatively taught Music Gym class once a week. 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….
2nd Grade (Tuesday & Thursday)-SEPTEMBER:Students are starting the year with a rhythm review. We are working with 4 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.
3rd Grade (Wednesday & Thursday)– SEPTEMBER: After review of some basic note reading skills, the time has come…wait for it…RECORDERS! Fitting that we start close to October, the beginning sounds of the recorder will fit right in to the season…Students will be working on 3 notes (BAG) and are learning 2 songs (Merrily, Hot Cross Buns) as well as starting to read music on a staff. 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.
4-6th Grade (4th Tuesday, 5th Wednesday, 6th Monday: 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 initial concentration is, as always, note, rests and values.