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Friday, January 25, 2019

Fifth "Week" (rotation) in Music December 17, 2018 - January 17, 2019

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 fifth rotation together, (which starts the 2nd semester reporting period) here's what we did:

  • 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 Membranic instruments.
    • Hand Drums - we took a day to explore various ways to play and make sound on Hand Drums
    • Snare Drum
    • Buffalo Drum
    • Tubano
    • Bongos
    • Donno ("Talking Drum" from Ghana)
      • We played the Listen Game with these instruments of the Membranic Family
  • Singing Game:  Old King Glory of the Mountain
    • We used this singing game to re-introduce one instrument of each of the percussion timbre families.  As each student was tapped, they took an instrument and 'joined the marching band' going around the circle.  Once every student had an instrument we had student conductors to create music using colored dots matching the way the instruments are sorted in the music room.
      • Click - Rhythm Sticks (Red)
      • Jingle - Jingle Bells (Orange)
      • Rattle - Chiquita maracas (Yellow)
      • Scrape - Rigged Woodblock (Green)
      • Ring - Triangle (Blue)
      • Membranic - Hand Drum (Purple)
  • First Graders - Fifth Graders all took part in our all-school Sing-along Assembly Thursday, January 17th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other difference makers.  They learned 6 songs for this:
    • Woke Up This Morning / O Freedom  - African American Freedom Song partnered with a 2-part Freedom Song from South Africa
    • Dream of Martin Luther King
    • Keep the Dream Alive 
    • Freedom Train - which we sang in Canon with 5th graders accompanying on Xylophone
    • What Can One Little Person Do?
First Grade & Second Grade: (focus on singing voice, song repertoire and vocal harmony)

In addition to the MLK sing-along songs, students continued to work on songs for the upcoming Parent performances.  We figured out our size order and added in practicing walking onto the steps for the singing.

Third Grade:  In addition to the MLK songs, we worked on learning the lines and space names of the treble clef in preparation for playing recorders in the next rotation.

Fourth Grade:  In addition to the MLK songs, students were introduced to some square dance calls and figures.  We learned that portion of the Symbol Song and an additional full square dance, Comin' Round the Mountain.  Square Dancing is the Colorado Folk Dance.

Fifth Grade:  In addition to the MLK songs, students in 5th grade reviewed the small percussion timbre families using a score reading activity - Colored Dominoes.  Students also created layered percussion ostinati (repeated patterns) suitable for different percussion timbres - with complementary rhythm patterns.

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