Trimester 2 News
Kindergarteners will continue to identify musical opposites: fast/slow, up/down, long/short. They will also experience playing technique for several classroom instruments, move to music, compose song ideas with movements, and work on singing on pitch.
First grade students will demonstrate success with a group pulse, exposed to quater, eighthnote and rest, have opportunites to match pitch on sol/mi, exhibit correct mallet technique, have opportunitites to explore and improvise in movement and instrument playing.
Second graders will have opportunites to sing and play songs using sol, mi and la, demonstrate correct mallet technique, experiencing chord bordun as both quater note and half note pulse, perform simple ostinati against a song by either speaking, singing or playing. Introduced to parts of a song form: Introduction, AB, ABA and Coda.
Grade 3 will identify rhythm patterns, practice pulse, movement activities with scarves, discuss what an introduction, interlude and coda is in music, identify instruments in the string family, practice vocal technique through singing of church, patriotic and folk songs.
Grade 4 will practice pulse, proper unpitched percussion playing technique, identify instruments of the woodwind family, practice rhythmic reading, perform rhythmic canon on drums, practice vocal technique through singing of church, patriotic and folk songs. We will also be learning the history of ukulele and how to play basic chords and picking. This is brand new this year thanks to the generous donation by the endowment committee.
5th Grade students will practice pulse, rhythm patterns through improvisation, classify unpitched percussion, sing in a canon, identify orchestral instrument families, practice vocal technique through singing of church, patriotic and folk songs. We will also be learning the history of ukulele and learning to play basic chords and picking. This is brand new this year thanks to the generous donation by the endowment committee.
Grade 6 will continue to tour around the world muically. Our lessons will include: Marching Bands in the US, New Orleans, Salsa, Cha-Cha-Cha, Latin Rhythms, & Reggae. Students will perform traditional songs both with voices and drums and other classroom instruments.
7th Grade students will learn music history during the Reinaissance including types of music and composers of the time. We will then move onward to the Baroque period listening to music of Bach and other great Baroque composers.
8th Graders will continue to work on ukulele skills, playing chords to familiar songs. Beginning in January we will start learning basic drumming rudiments and review note reading to master a bucket drumming ensemble piece as a homeroom class.