Student Learning on the up and up and up and up!!!
John Adams- Short Ride on a Fast Machine
Phillip Glass- Mishima
Steve Reich- Different Trains
We especially focused on the idea that ostinatos organized together make a song. Minimalism is a challenging concept to explore but I think the kids gained a lot by exploring this kind of music.
All students have been exposed to rhythm reading in simple 4/4 time.
I will be sending home the assessment from our first unit soon. We will be assessing starting Wednesday!
BY THE GRADE:
Grade 5 has been exploring Beethoven life and work 9th Symphony. The are learning the final on boomwhackers. You might recognize the melody- It is "Ode to Joy.'
Grade 4 is learning the old classic Alabama Gal playing accompaniments on numerous glockenspiels, metalophones, and xylophones. They will continue this lesson by learning the folk partner dance Alabama Gal soon!
Grade 3 has begun their study of ukulele. They have learned the parts of the instrument, how to strum, and a C chord. We learn how to accompany our first song while we sing!
Grade 2 is strengthening their "SUPER MUSICIAN" powers: Rapid Rhythm, GammaRay Note Reader, Soul Striking Singing, Destroy the Dance Floor Dance, Power Performer, Sonic Listening Ears. We have learned a song and dance "Hungry to Learn."
Grade 1 has met a new friend Freddie the Frog and he is helping kiddos learn all about the staff, treble clef and all of the lines and spaces.