The fall has been a busy time for Lower School students in music. In October we had our third "Friendship Day" with our friends from the Frederick Douglass Christian School. We sang songs, played games and enjoyed fellowship with our partners. We look forward to seeing them again for our joint concert in February.
The approaching holiday season will bring us another winter concert—mark your calendars forThursday, December 19th for our Kindergarten and First Grade program at 6:00 pm followed by "Sing!" at 7:00 pm.
When we return to school in January, Kindergarten students will be practicing pitch accuracy and following melodic direction. We will also begin reading symbols for developing rhythmic reading skills.
First grade students will be learning to distinguish between major and minor tonalities and how they contribute to the mood or message of the music. We will also continue to read age appropriate rhythmic notation with the use of rhythm instruments.
Second graders will begin to study the instruments of the orchestra and learn to recognize the unique sound quality of different families of instruments as well as the individual instrumental sounds within each family.
Third, fourth and fifth grade classes will be preparing for a trip to the Kimmel Center for the Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Concert. We will be learning about each of the composers and their compositions that will be part of the program.
In friendship,Teacher Charmagne
Fifth grade graduates are effective communicators and creative problem solvers and approach transitions with self-assurance. They are not only prepared for a middle school setting; they are "ready" in every sense.