I hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend. It was so good to see you on Zoom Tuesday!
In 3rd and 4th grade, we showed off our hard work and dedication to learning recorder. I'm so proud of you all! Band and choir students learned about phrasing, which is identifying musical sentences, and used the skills from last week to create musical phrases.
End of School Year
Next week will be our final week of music online for the year. Instead of an assignment on Monday, I will post resources and activities for students to access during the summer. We will use Tuesday's Zooms to say farewell and, for 3rd and 4th grade, final belt tests for the year.
All students will receive a 3 on this trimester's report card. I appreciate your participation, hard work, and resilience. This has certainly been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I'm especially grateful to have made it through the year with you, our wonderful students and families!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
In case you missed last Thursday's Google Doodle, I highly suggest checking it out at the link below. Let me know what surprise you discover!
Recorder Karate videos are on the way. Due to technical difficulties, they will be up later this week.
Finally, band and choir students, I'd love to hear how your songs turned out today! Once you have the notes and rhythms down, you can start adding dynamics. Remember, the easiest way to determine is to focus on the important words in the lyrics and focus on the highest or lowest notes in the melody. The rest is up to you!
Here are this week's activities.
This is one of my favorite games: Composer or Pasta? In this game, you are presented with a name. Then you must guess whether it is a name of a composer or the name of a pasta. The answer is revealed on the next slide. For every correct answer, you earn a point. How did you do? This is also a fun game to play with your family.
I've uploaded videos for the purple belt.
Band and Choir
In honor of Memorial Day, I would like you to learn the following songs
My Country 'Tis of Thee; scroll to your instrument on the document.
Amazing Grace; please learn both soprano and alto or tenor and bass part, based on your vocal range
Happy music making!
Good morning everyone!
I hope you've enjoyed the puzzles so far this week. I'm so proud of our families and students. It warms my heart to know you're doing well and staying safe, even if we can't make music physically together.
One of the YouTube channels I follow, The Shows Must Go On, occasionally posts free recordings of professional musicals. For 48 hours, the 1998 West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats will be available on YouTube. This stunning musical, based on a collection of poems by T. S. Eliot, ran for 21 years and almost 9,000 performances, garnering numerous awards and nominations in the first year of its original run in London. Cats is an amazing combination of intricate costumes, breath-taking dance, and memorable music. I highly suggest watching if you can.
Happy Monday everyone!
This week I created a few virtual jigsaw puzzles for you. The theme is "Instruments and Ensembles." Each picture depicts an instrument, vocalist, or groups of instrumentalists and vocalists. Check them out at the links below!
Level 1: 4-16 pieces; easy
Level 2: 20-25 pieces; medium easy
Level 3: 24-40 piece puzzles; medium
Level 4: 54-100 piece puzzles; medium hard
Here are the videos for Orange Belt and Green Belt.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who could swing by the Food Drive. It was wonderful to see so many of you yesterday.
Since third grade's Zoom class was cancelled, I am happy to review belt tests recordings sent by email through Monday. Next week, I will post the tutorial for
Good morning everyone!
I hope you had a wonderful May Crowning yesterday. Here are resources and assignments for the following week.
This is a compilation of four revamped Sunday school songs. I'd love to know which is your favorite or if you have another favorite song to share.
Due to many kitty interruptions, I did not complete as many videos as I hoped. However, I do have a video how-to on playing Gently Sleep and a review of the note Low E as played in the green belt song "It's Raining."
Fourth graders, if you feel up to the EXTREME challenge, I also have a video teaching you how to play the Star Wars theme song. This will be for a limited-edition glow in the dark belt.
Band and Choir
Finally, band and choir students will begin a concert planning project due by June 5th. Students must work individually or in small groups to select seven songs for their band or choir for a mock performance. This week, we will begin selecting pieces using sheet music vendor websites.
Students must have one song for each of the following categories
Old: a "classic" work or something by a composer who has died
New: a "modern" work or something by a composer within the past ten years
Borrowed: a song from another country or in another language
Blue: a song that is slow or sad
Fun/Light: a song that is silly, fun, short, or easy to learn
Solo/Small Group: a piece to highlight a few members; can be an all-women's song, all-men's song, a song only for certain instruments, etc.
Finale: a large, upbeat song to end the concert; may be performed with other bands and choirs
We will discuss resources and parameters for this assignment in Tuesday's Zoom. For students who cannot attend, I will record your class's Zoom meeting and send it to you via email for review.
It was so great to see so many students on Zoom Tuesday! Recorders are sounding better than ever. 3rd grade even learned a new note! I will upload a tutorial Monday for students to learn and review the note Low E.
Band and Choir each began a look at resources for their final project. I appreciate the feedback I've received through the survey I emailed all 5th-8th grade students. I will continue to leave it up through Monday to give everyone time to respond.
Be sure to wear your school spirit wear and make it an awesome day!
Good morning everyone!
A very happy Monday to you. In this third week of Eastertide and the last week of April, it is fitting that we look toward May Crowning. This week, let's prepare this week by learning the ancient chant Regina Caeli. Using the following slideshow and accompanying links, it should take your family about 15 minutes to learn.
If you have difficulty downloading the powerpoint, you can use this link to view a copy of the google slide. To save to your own Google Drive, simply select "File" > "Make a copy" > "Entire presentation." You will then be prompted to rename and select file location within your Google Drive.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
Finally, band and choir students, please consider completing the following survey if you have not yet. I hope to see you on Zoom tomorrow! Check out the schedule on your class's page and watch for an email with the link and password. Make it a great day, Eagles!