Kindergarten and first grade classes have been actively engaged in accompanying songs with rhythm instruments. Great emphasis is placed on playing the instruments appropriately and following instructions about when to play and when to hold the instruments quietly. We are also busy preparing for our upcoming concert for Black History Month with our friends from Frederick Douglass Christian School. Repertoire includes songs to be sung by all grades as well as individual class songs. The holiday concert in December was so rewarding to the children that they are anxiously anticipating their next performance.
In February, second grade will begin a unit on instruments of the orchestra. Students will learn how the instruments are grouped into “families” and listen to the sound of each instrument individually as well as in small ensembles. We are also preparing a song for the Black History Month concert which will featuring second grade.
Third grade focused on playing rhythm instruments in January. These activities included reading rhythmic symbols and developing the ability to maintain a part while other classmates play contrasting rhythms. In February we will be expanding our rhythmic reading from reading very simple symbols to reading the actual notes of music notation. We will be reading eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes and whole notes and counting level appropriate rhythms in 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures. Third grade is also preparing their individual grade level song for the Black History Month Concert.
In fourth grade we will be finishing our music history unit on the Baroque Period and should be ready to begin the Classical Period in March. We are also practicing our rhythmic reading and counting skills in classroom drills and occasional homework assignments. This is a class of great singing voices and the students are very enthusiastic about the song they will be performing on our joint concert in February!
Fifth graders will begin a unit on melodic notation in February which will prepare them for playing the xylophones and metallophones. Our goal is to be able to accompany a selection on our spring concert to showcase our skills. We should be finishing the music history unit on the Romantic Period in February and begin a new unit on the Impressionist Period in March. The fifth grade role as leaders of the school continues as we prepare not only for our vocal performance in the February concert, but also for our responsibility in announcing each selection and informing the audience of the significance and background of the music.
January and February are very busy months in "Sing!" due to our limited time to prepare for our joint concert with our friends from FDCS for Black History Month. Please mark your calendars for this very special event at 7:00 PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH AT THE FREDERICK DOUGLASS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL !! More information will be coming to you in the coming weeks about the details of our rehearsal, performance and bus transportation. We urge you to attend!!
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