In kindergarten and first grade, we have been busy learning seasonal songs and playing instruments. Our activities with rhythm instruments are addressing the concepts of rhythm and beat. We are learning how to focus on being rhythmically independent while another group simultaneously performs a different rhythm. We are also learning to incorporate hand motions for dramatizing some of our songs. We are always working to be accurate with pitch while singing and we hope you will notice our good results when we see you at our concert in December!
Second grade students have joined us in Sing! and are working hard to learn the music for our upcoming concert in December-- this is a huge rite of passage. In early November, we will begin working on our class song for the upcoming concert and preparing for solo singing for those who are willing. We are continuing to develop our rhythmic reading skills as well as our rhythmic independence.
Third grade students have been preparing for our trip to the Kimmel Center on November 17th Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Concert. We have been listening to the selections that will be performed that day so that we have knowledge in advance about the composers and the structure of the music. We are also preparing a class song with optional solo singing for our upcoming concert.
Fourth and fifth grade students have also been preparing for our visit to the Kimmel Center. After November 17th, fourth grade will begin a unit on music history with a focus on the Baroque Period, while fifth grade will begin a unit on the Romantic Period. During music history lessons, students will be required to record notes in their music notebooks. Both classes have been working at their grade level appropriate rhythmic reading skills. This work has involved hands on class drills at the board as well as homework assignments.
Sing! includes grades 2 through 5 for weekly rehearsals. We are busy learning repertoire for both unison and two-part singing. Solo parts will be assigned on a voluntary basis.
We hope to see you all at our holiday concert on Thursday evening, December 18th first grade will perform at 6 pm and Sing! will perform at 7 pm.
In friendship, Teacher Charmagne
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