It's getting to be that time of year again... back to school we go. One thing I do to prepare for the start of school, aside from setting up lesson plans, concert planning, and creating the physical music classroom; is to listen to lots of music. Music is after all the reason for my teaching. It motivates, inspires and recharges my teaching. A few weeks back I began listening to a new musical called Dear Evan Hansen and I have listened everyday since. Hoping to share a few songs from this show with my students this year. They are beautiful , powerful works. Cannot wait to get started.
"You Will Be Found"
"Waving Through a Window"
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We are just finishing up an exciting unit about Broadway! Below are some of the videos we took a look at as well as the KAHOOT we played together! ENJOY!
Try our KAHOOT here!!!
WOW- We have learned a lot this winter! Cannot believe we are into the final third of the school year! We have some exciting events coming soon!
McClelland School's Drama Club Production -
The Lion King Jr. - March 3, 4 @ 6:30 and March 5 at 1:00
Music in Our Schools Concert -
April 2 @ 10:30 -Community Center
Gonic School's Drama Club Production -
Dear Abby - April 13th @ 6:00
Composers of the Month
Ludwig Van Beethoven
1st and 2nd Grade
1st and 2nd graders have focused in on getting a solid foundation of beat, meter, and rhythm.
BEAT - is the heart beat of music
METER - the measure of music into groups of 2, 3, and 4 beats
RHYTHM - rhythm is the pattern of the beat
Understanding of these concepts have pushed students forward to beginnings of notation reading.
3rd grade has worked very hard to learned the lines and spaces of the staff.
We say: "thumbs up for music" and use our hands as a tool to use our mnemonic devices.
"Every Good Boy Does Fine- on the lines" F - A - C - E - face - don't you forget it!"
We will use this knowledge to insure our success in March as we begin to play recorders!!!
Students may bring a recorder from home to practice on, however I do provide a clean recorder for each child to use. A recorder left at home is a great tool for kids to practice outside of music class!
The 4th graders have been studying music history, most specifically the Romantic Period.
The romantic period is fun to talk about because of the rich stories that got tied to the music of the romantic composers.
4th graders also enjoyed a review unit on note reading and playing the recorder. Many were surprised that the recorder was so much more manageable and "easier" than in 3rd grade. It is such a pleasure to see how far they kids come from one year to the next!
The fifth graders are busily working a a music research project. Each pair of students chose either a composer or instrument to learn about. We have the great opportunity to incorporate technology such as iPads, make makes, and chromebooks with music! Student will present their research in an amazing way using the make make to help show and tell what they have learned. IT WILL BE A PRESENTATION LIKE NO OTHER!!!!
Dear Music Students and Parents,
Our concert is fast approaching. Each student in grades 1, 2, 3, and 4th and 5th grade chorus will participate in this concert. ( 4th and 5th graders who choose not to sing in chorus will not be part of the concert.) Please encourage your child to practice each day- especially to practice singing and dancing together; it really helps one to remember the lyrics. You can download all music in the "Concert Preparation" link at the top of this page. All students have received lyrics to their songs which should be very helpful with the learning process. Each page in the lyric sheets tells which grade is responsible for learning that particular song.
Each student can dress as they wish and feel comfortably for our concert/play. I am suggesting this year for kids to wear their “best” attire if possible. Or kids might choose to wear a fun winter hat and mittens. One could dress simply in red and green or other bright colors. The play we are putting up is so much fun and lends itself to costume easily; consider a santa hat or other holiday accessories. I just ask that students look their best and to feel comfortable. No new outfits needed. Be creative!
What: Winter Concert
Who: Grades 1, 2, 3, and Chorus
McClelland- Monday December 14th at 6:30
GONIC- Tuesday December 15th at 6:30 pm
Where: Rochester Middle School
Cheers! ~ Mrs. Pedrick
ability to understand and be part of the action in the movie. The triangle roll and crescendo before they go off the cliff especially added to our emotional connection. John Williams has a talent for choosing the perfect sounds for each part of a movie!
We discovered that it is much more fun to "show what we know" through movement than to do a worksheet or written assessment. We also used a parachute to show the form of "Star Wars Theme." Many students tell me that we could do that everyday of music for the rest of the year and they would be very happy. It was so much fun!!!
Abigail and Ava wrote a great sound story!!!
Two 2nd graders Abigail and Ava worked together during music class to write and perform a sound story called "In the Tall Tall Grass. They read the story, explored instruments, used a graphic organized and rehearsed all on their own! Way to go girls! Check out the very first performance of their story to the left.
Doing this kind of process enables children to explore both concrete and abstract thinking together. It motivates them to synthesize what they read in a different way than if they were asked what each word meant. They explored vocabulary with different senses and had a blast doing it!
Check out the gallery of our first music center experience of the year below!
Happy music making everyone!!!
to/watching him conduct music from Jurassic Park. Many students learned that John Williams is one of their favorite composers as he wrote the music to Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, Hook, and Star Wars all fan favorites of elementary age children. For more information about John Williams click on his picture below:
It was wonderful to see many of my lovely students again! I cannot wait to see the rest of you!
Just a reminder that Lion King sign-ups for McClelland are on Wednesday 9/9 at 3-4 and 6-7. You need to bring a parent with you!
(Gonic Drama club info will be coming soon.)