In kindergarten and first grade, students are working on reading rhythms with age appropriate symbols. Good progress is being made with reading what is written and dictating how to notate simple rhythms clapped or played by the teacher. They are also engaged in rhythmic activities that enhance the lessons and are entertaining for the students. The children are learning new repertoire for their spring concert and time will be devoted to speaking parts to narrate the performance.
Second grade is continuing the study of families of instruments of the orchestra. This comprehensive unit will prepare the class to fully appreciate the youth concert they will attend at the Kimmel Center as performed by our world renown Philadelphia Orchestra next school year. Great emphasis is placed on practicing listening manners and concert etiquette for this event. The second graders are singing seasonal music and preparing a class song for the spring concert.
Third graders are enjoying seasonal songs, working on their class song for the spring concert and other enjoyable repertoire. The study of note values with the actual names in music notation has been successful due to their age appropriate understanding of fractions involving concepts of whole, half, quarter and eighth. After a bit more practice with writing rhythms, students will be ready for learning how to count rhythmic notation.
This fourth grade class demonstrates a passion for performance. The children are extremely excited about their class song and interested in adding drama and props for the concert. The outstanding singing voices of this small group has provided them with great camaraderie in learning new repertoire. In addition to this theatrical interest, the class will be studying music history centered around the music Mozart and Beethoven. They are also continuing the practice of writing, reading and counting rhythmic notation. The fifth grade class is enjoying playing the xylophones and metallophones. This has been a great avenue for applying their knowledge of melodic notation. They are anxious to prepare something to be included in the spring concert.
The fifth grade is also continuing the study of music history which will include classical musical trends of the twentieth century as well as jazz styles. Work is in progress for their class song at our spring concert and they hope to surprise the audience.
In “Sing!” we are preparing for our third concert of the school year with a theme of music from movies. Please mark your calendars for May 21st. Kindergarten and first grade will perform at 6 pm followed by grades two through five at 7pm. We hope to see you there!!
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