Week 7

This week grades 3, 4, and 5 are decorating their rhythm posters and practicing performing the rhymes they wrote as we continue to explore rhythm and reading eighth notes, sixteenth notes and quarter notes.

3A and 5A are rehearsing the song Stand! by Sly and the Family Stone for a performance at the upcoming assembly to go with our theme of integrity.

Grades 1 and 2 are beginning a new unit where we learn about meaning in musical compositions. This week we are playing games and rhythmic activities to demonstrate the meaning in classic compositions such as the Surprise Symphony by Haydn, Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks by Mussorgsky, and Flight of the Bumble Bee by Korsakov.

Week 6

Students in grade 3 through 5 are currently writing rhythmic compositions using standard music notation and rhyming words. Students are matching the word syllables to rhythmic music notes in a given meter. We are continuing to learn about the elements of music and beginning to introduce reading rhythms.

Students in grades 1 and 2 are learning to play songs on the bells using proper mallet technique and focusing on rhythmic accuracy. In grades 1 and 2 we are combining instruments and singing by playing simple melodies on the bells and singing. We are also continuing to work on singing accuracy with song and circle games.

Week 5

This week we are learning more about the elements of timbre, meter, and rhythm. Students in all grades are using mallet percussion bells to practice keeping a steady beat, playing ostinatos using quarter notes, eighth notes and half notes, and playing simple song accompaniment. 3rd through 5th grade are practicing 16th note rhythms through clapping, counting, stomping and snapping their fingers. 1st and 2nd grade are using bells to keep a steady beat and learning to count in triple and duple meter. Students in 2nd through 5th grade are also exploring basic melodic improvisation on five note scales and 3rd through 5th grade are continuing to learn standard notation and note subdivision.

Week 4

This week first and second graders are learning how to count rhythmically using ball passing games in a circle, rhythm sticks, walking to the beat, and rhythmic rhyming.

Third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade are learning about rhythm by counting and diving beats with rhymes. Fifth graders are analyzing rhymes and notating the rhythms with standard notation.

All students are learning about timbre by playing voice recognition games and using chrome music lab’s harmonic spectra analyzer to study the frequency content of different sounds.

Second through fifth grade is also learning to sing a new song in the minor key.