Happy 2019! We are now in the middle of the year. I hope everybody had a wonderful and relaxing holiday break.
Last month we worked hard to learn the songs for our winter sing and I am impressed how much students remembered when we came back from break this week. In addition, each grade has been learning a musical concept. Kindergarten learned about steady beat as they passed a sleigh bell to the pulse of the music in a circle for the piece, Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson. First grade improvised as they changed the word lemonade to a different treat in a song. Second grade has been multi-tasking as they tackled singing with good tone and utilizing hand movements for the song Head and Shoulders Baby. Third grade worked on playing a steady tempo and learning how to read music as we learned recorder. Fourth made enormous strides in their playing. They were able to read and play a D Major scale. Fifth grade has also made tremendous progress, especially with the piece A Very Short History of Music. They are now able to play half of the piece. Grades kindergarten to third also learned about a ballet, Pytor Ilyich Tchaikvosky, and had the opportunity to watch part of the Nutcracker.
This month grades kindergarten to third and chorus will be refining their songs for the Winter Sing, which is on Friday, January 25th. We will discuss how to sing songs with expression, how to combat nerves, and routines when we perform on stage. The composer we will be studying this month is Mozart. We will discuss his background. In addition, we will listen and explain our interpretation of various pieces by Mozart.
4th grade will learn more advanced rhythms and technique to prepare for our concert in May. 5th grade will finish up learning A Very Short History of Music this month. I am very excited for the second half of this year. This is the time for students to shine during the winter sing, spring sing, and orchestra concert. Looking forward to seeing you during those performances. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
All the best,