2016 April/May Music Website
We enjoyed seeing all of you at our fifth "Friendship Through Music—'Unforgettable'" concert on February 26th. Thanks to everyone for such a great turn-out!
In kindergarten and first grade we have been studying step-wise movement and repeated notes in pitch direction as well as the concept of a musical scale. We are expanding this with skipping steps in melodies and recognizing melodic "intervals".
In second grade we are halfway through our unit on instruments of the orchestra and practicing good listening manners. All of this will prepare our rising third grade students for their first trip to a Philadelphia Orchestra youth concert next fall.
Third grade students are doing well with reading and writing basic rhythmic notation and are still having weekly drills on the counting of rhythms. Now is a good time to plan for private lessons on an instrument.
Fourth graders successfully completed their unit on rhythmic notation and are currently able to read simple melodic notation. Because of their success, they have started to play the xylophones and metallophones this year rather than wait for the fifth grade year. We are also studying the Baroque Period in music history which has focused on the music of our composer of the month, Johann Sebastian Bach.
The fifth grade class is currently finishing a unit on jazz. They have learned how to distinguish one style from another by recognizing the use of the “blue” note, rhythmic ostinato and syncopated melody. We are also reading melodic notation on the xylophones and metallophones.
All grades are busy preparing for our next concert as always. Please join us on May 19th in the Meeting House!
In friendship, Tr. Charmagne
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