Saturday, 3 December 2016

December News

December is the time for Ho, Ho, Ho,
December is the time for love,
December is the time for lots of snow,    
December is the time for love!

Here's what's going in Music over the next couple of weeks:

Kindergarten:

  • We are continuing to work on class routines by always beginning our Music class with a greeting and a circle song like "Good Morning when it's Morning". 
  • As this is concert month, after our warm-up, we practice our angel songs which utilize actions and fun PPTs. Our songs are spirituals which mean they have a religious focus with an upbeat tempo. Please ask them to share their songs with you: Chatter with the Angels and All Night, All Day. 
  • Concert date again is December 20th at 2:30 p.m. Thanks to the many parents who are helping us get ready for this wonderful event. 
  • Every week we add another farm animal to our repertoire. We have studied chickens, cows, and ducks. Next up are pigs, horses and sheep. For each animal, we learn a poem, play an instrument that makes its sound, sing a song or 2 and watch a music video. 

Grade One:

 


  • Our focus in December is preparing our songs for the concert. We have 4 angel songs to learn and they can be practiced by tuning into our Touch of an Angel blog.  Our songs are: Touch of an Angel, Elijah Rock, You Won't Talk Zechariah and Born is the King. 
  • Concert date again is December 20th at 2:30 p.m. Thanks to the many parents who are helping us get ready for this wonderful event. 
  • In between our concert songs we are also focusing on the concept of high/low through playing Orff instruments and re-telling stories as we play. A favourite book was Up, up, Down, down by Robert Munsch.
  • Also, important concepts are beat (a steady pulse that stays the same) and rhythm (some sounds are short and some are longer). We are beginning to learn about ta and ta rest patterns.

Grade Two:

  • We have been spending time learning to play a steady beat pattern on the Orff instruments to the song, Charlie over the Ocean, and having fun playing the chase game as well. Mallet technique is very important and students get busted by the Orff Police if they use pointer fingers or click mallets when the teacher is speaking,
  • Please ask your child about our 5 Finger Staff rap where we learn about line and space notes. This extends to a real 5-line staff and learning where so-la and mi live.
  • Our winter musical is on February 2nd and so we are busy learning songs for it: The Big Chill, Seven Feet of Snow, Snow Day and We're on the Right Track. Please see our Big Chill blog to practice songs at home.

Grade Three:
  • We have had fun adding an Orff accompaniment to Who's That? where students also add sound effects and sing a solo line at the end. We travel around from one Orff instrument to another working on our mallet technique. This song also has us reviewing the rhythm patterns of: ta, ta rest, titi and too (or ta-a).
  • Our winter musical is on February 2nd and so we are busy learning songs for it: The Big Chill, Seven Feet of Snow, A Day at Home and We're on the Right Track. Please see our Big Chill blog to practice songs at home.
  • This past week in Music class we auditioned for parts for our winter musical by practicing reading short scripts. After, I conferenced with their homeroom teachers about who would make a good leader, who works well in a group and who would benefit from this kind of role the most. Parts will be handed out in Music class this week and shortly thereafter, Mrs Kieser will select dates to begin rehearsing the drama parts prior to Christmas.
  • If students do not get a role in the Big Chill Musical, their teachers and I will work together to see if they can have a choir reading part or a reading part at their Ash Wednesday Liturgy.

Thanks for tuning in to our Music blog!
Warm regards,
Mrs. Martin