In early January, I was welcomed into the Goshen Community and have very much enjoyed my time each Wednesday with your children. The energy each student brings to the classroom makes it easy to get the lesson started! With February being Black History Month, every class has listened to composers such as Scott Joplin, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. I always emphasize the importance of first listening to music in silence so students can focus on what they are hearing and how they are feeling during the listening experience.
Kindergarten has been busy working on finding their beat as they explore rhythm through dance, clapping and playing various percussion instruments. Looking ahead, they will be learning a song about Switzerland for International Week in April and will also be busy preparing for the spring musical!
First and Second Grades started their time with me making egg shakers and we have been developing their sense of rhythm and understanding of music notation ever since. Harmony and Melody will be upcoming topics. In keeping with the theme of “peace” for this school year, the First and Second Graders enjoy starting class off with songs such as “Peace Like a River.” I look forward to sharing my personal love for rivers and kayaking in the upcoming classes when we sing more songs about nature and water. In the upcoming weeks, a song related to Nepal will be introduced in preparation for International Week in April. The Spring Musical is also our next focus and I am eager to get started on that next project.
The Third Grade has been enjoying a new instrument each class and we just recently started using the glockenspiel. Rhythmic and melodic notation continue to be laced throughout the curriculum in each of my classes and the Third Graders have been successful drawing notes on the treble staff upon request. Composing Rhythms will be introduced in the upcoming weeks. A song about George Fox, “Walk in the Light,” was taught and we will continue to sing this song and learn more the founder of Quakers. Also, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I recorded this little sound clip of the class playing “All You Need Is Love.” Third and Fourth grades will be learning a song related to Nepal for International Week and will also be preparing for the Spring Musical.
It has been a lot of fun teaching the Fourth Graders “The William Penn Song” because it ties in nicely with their Social Studies Class and Pennsylvania History. In the upcoming weeks, I will incorporate other songs about Pennsylvania and share my love of local history with the students. Musical notation will continue to be a primary focus and we will be listening to music from the Baroque and Classical Periods in the next few weeks. Music related to Brazil will be taught in preparation for International Week and The Fourth Graders will be reviewing music for the Spring Musical.
I value the time I get to spend with your children and look forward to sharing what we have covered in the upcoming month. To learn more information about my music background, please visit my website: Gabrielcoiamusic.com.