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Friday, December 14, 2018

Fourth "Week" (rotation) in Music November 12 - December 14, 2018

In the specials rotation at GRE this year, each class comes to music on alternating days for two weeks (opposite days they are in PE).   In music in our fourth rotation together, here's what we did:

Kindergarten: (continued focus on beat and timbre families)
  • Kindergartners continued to experience and learn about the UnPitched Percussion instruments we have in the music room.  In this rotation students were introduced to the Scrape and Ring instruments. 
    • guiro
    • multi guiro
    • cabasa
    • rasp (Native American)
    • gourd scraper
    • sand blocks
    • frog guiro
    • cricket
    • ratchet
    • rigged wood block
      • triangle
      • finger cymbals
      • crash cymbals
      • suspended cymbal
      • Indonesian gong (fixed pitch)
      • Tam-tam
      • Chinese Bell Tree
      • Zhing (Chinese bell)
      • wind chimes
      • chime bar
    • Students were introduced to the names of the instruments and playing technique for each particular instrument.  We passed them around the circle, matching the beat.
    • Using the instruments of the timbre family - we played a game called, "Listen"
      • Students had to identify the instrument they heard - by sound only.
    • We read a musical "score" with graphic notation for instruments (rhythm sticks and triangles) playing on the beat, adding a song about Elves.  "We are Santa's Helpers".
    • All day Kindergarten classes extended their music experience by playing the game Jack in the Box and by drawing graphic notations of long (ring) and short (click) sounds.  All day Kindergarten classes also added instrumental accompaniment to Jingle Bells

    First Grade & Second Grade: (focus on singing voice, song repertoire and vocal harmony)
    • Students began learning songs for their upcoming Specials program - focusing on Honoring Diversity.  Check out the page on this blog called 1st and 2nd Grade Specials Program for details about the performance(s).
      • Circle the World with Peace
        • This song has a harmony part for the 2nd graders on the final verse
        • Different languages are heard on the word for Peace
      • All Over This World
        • This song has a chorus which will be sung in a round on the final time through
      • Dreams of Harmony
        • The piece includes the word for Good Night in many languages.  Students will sing in harmony - with the 2nd graders on one part of the song at the same time the 1st graders are on the other part of the song.  Prior to putting both 1st and 2nd grade together, students are trying to maintain their part while I sing the other classes's part.
      • No One Like You
        • This will be a piece in unison.  Originally sung by John Denver on a Muppets special, this piece talks about each person's uniqueness.
    • Movement
      • We explored sameness/unison through mirroring with partners and differences by doing movements which were in opposition to a partner.  We are experimenting with various musical styles as we explore with movement.
    • Singing for Enjoyment - in addition to working on our program repertoire, students chose songs to sing from a Winter SongFolder with over 30 seasonal song choices.
    • All classes had 5 days in this rotation.  We had our first "Talent Time" of the school year - meaning that students that wished to perform for their class had the opportunity to do so.  Any act appropriate to performing on the stage was excepted - not just musical acts.  Following our Talent sharing, students chose favorite singing and movement games. 

    Third Grade:
    • We reviewed pieces for our Rock Concert and added the final finishing touches to pull it together.  Students chose one special part -  narrator, stage crew or volcano with scarves.
    • On our 4th day in the rotation - we had our Rock Concert performance in the music room for a live audience.  A video of that performance can be found on the In the Spotlight page of this blog.
    • All classes had 5 days in this rotation.  We had our first "Talent Time" of the school year - meaning that students that wished to perform for their class had the opportunity to do so.  Any act appropriate to performing on the stage was excepted - not just musical acts.  Following our Talent sharing, students chose favorite singing and movement games. 

    Fourth Grade:  (Focus on Melody, Song Repertoire and Vocal Harmony)
    • Students worked on song repertoire for our Colorado Connection Concert.
      • Students were introduced to a new song for our Colorado Connection:  Cripple Creek
        • Students learned both vocal parts and then chose which part to sing.  The voice parts are layered (creating harmony)
        • Students learned the body percussion (stamp/clap) pattern that is the interlude between verses.
      • Symbol Song
        • Students reviewed the unison and small group voice parts as we sang the musical whole
    • Recorder
      • Students reviewed the fingering and technique for B, A, G and low E
      • As a whole group with played Stegosaurus Stomp in unison with the track - with hand signs as a reminder
      • Students worked further in small groups on the  4 different Railroad themed songs they chose in the last rotation.
    • Singing for Enjoyment - in addition to working on our program repertoire, students chose songs to sing from a Winter SongFolder with over 30 seasonal song choices.
    • Movement Sequences/Dances set to music
      • We experienced a long-aways set partner dance done with ribbons
    • All classes had 5 days in this rotation.  We had our first "Talent Time" of the school year - meaning that students that wished to perform for their class had the opportunity to do so.  Any act appropriate to performing on the stage was excepted - not just musical acts.  Following our Talent sharing, students chose favorite singing and movement games. 

    Fifth Grade: Focus on Rhythm - eight and sixteenth note patterns

    Our focus was on rhythms which included eighth note and sixteenth note patterns - even in combination.
    • Reading patterns with Body Percussion scoring
      • Students were introduced to 8 different 4-beat patterns - comprised of these rhythms
        • Reading rhythm with rhythm syllables, and naming the traditional note names
        • Adding the body percussion layers to the rhythm
        • Patterns were practiced separately, and then in combination, leading to the entire A section and B section of the piece.
        • Recorded music of Bach's Orchestral Suite #2 in B minor, movement 7:  Badinerie was added.
          • Students were given a "treasure hunt" challenge to try to discover the name of the piece.
          • Students could ask for one clue / give one guess per class period
          • By the 5th day, the piece had been discovered and winning students were rewarded with the pride of winning (and their favorite pizza)
      • Kaboom! - A Game for Rhythm Reading
        • Students were introduced to a rhythm reading game called Kaboom!
          • In each turn a student draws a stick out of a cup and has to correctly clap and say the rhythm on the stick in order to keep it.
          • In subsequent rounds the rhythm is cumulative. And in order to keep the new stick the whole rhythm must be performed correctly.
          • The player with the most sticks at the end is the winner.
          • There are some Kaboom sticks to add excitement and drama - if one of them is drawn out, all of the players sticks are returned to the cup.
    • Rhythmic Dictation
      • Using craft sticks and small coffee stir sticks, students wrote 4 beat patterns from dictation.  Rhythms included 4 sixteenth notes, one eighth / two sixteenth and two sixteenth / one eighth, as well as quarter notes and pairs of eighth notes.
    • Singing for Enjoyment - in addition to working on this body percussion rendition of Bach's Badinerie students chose songs to sing from a Winter SongFolder with over 30 seasonal song choices.
    • All classes had 5 days in this rotation.  We had our first "Talent Time" of the school year - meaning that students that wished to perform for their class had the opportunity to do so.  Any act appropriate to performing on the stage was excepted - not just musical acts.  Following our Talent sharing, students chose favorite singing and movement games. 

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