What's happening in music class this week?
Musical styles are so different across the ages! 4th grade reviewed the Baroque Period characteristics in preparation for watching "Bach's Fight For Freedom" next week. We discussed how different life was 400 years ago, and listened to examples of Baroque music.
5th grade is starting a unit on Romantic Music. No, not love songs; music filled with strong emotions of any kind! Next week we'll be enjoying some Romantic music episodes pulled from Fantasia.
4th Grade: Back to school finally!! It was so nice to see real faces again! We started the week studying the Star Spangled Banner, by first watching the iconic performance of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Then we discovered the story of how it was written.
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5th Grade did a Duration Review and also discovered Jimi Hendrix and his incredible guitar playing techniques...even using his teeth!!
4th Grade continued learning about duration notes. We focused on Triplets and Sixteenth notes! They're fun to count.
5th grade added syncopation and more dotted rhythms to their repertoire. We practiced the Rhythm challenge again. Then, we discovered Taiko Drumming! It's a really cool Japanese style of drumming. We watched a couple of short videos, and even tried some virtual drumming.
4th Grade finished started our unit on Duration!
Afterwards, we went to Quaver Street and had a great time creating rhythms and back beats.
5th Grade focused on rhythm and meter. We reviewed sixteenths and dotted notes and practiced for our Rhythm Challenge (upcoming in November!)
We're still having a few tech issues, but thank you to everyone for being so patient!!
4th Grade students reviewed the four sections of the orchestra and focused on three of them: Brass, Percussion, and Woodwinds. We learned how sound is produced in each section, sorted instruments into the correct families, and listened to the distinctive timbres of each group. We even got to play the Quaver Crane Game and explore Quaver Street.
5th Grade also reviewed the orchestra instruments and then went on to examine fretted instruments, like the guitar, ukelele and banjo. We learned the "anatomy" of the instruments, their distinctive sounds, and ways to produce sound on them. Happy weekend!!
Welcome to Music Class!!!
It was great to meet all of you! I know it was a challenge getting signed up in Quaver, but from now on we're going to have a lot of fun! Next week, we'll be reviewing the instruments of the orchestra. Have a great holiday weekend!!
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