What's happening in music class this week?
Well somehow my last two updates have disappeared! We've been very busy: 4th grade learned about Beethoven and 5th grade studied the Nutcracker! They even acted out the party scene and battle between the mice and toy soldiers.
Here's hoping you all have a wonderful holiday break!
Wow, we sure have talent here at MIS! Students from both grade levels have been entertaining each other with their presentations and performances. We've had just about everything: juggling, singing, hockey, artwork, dancing, playing instruments, gymnastics, magic tricks,...even stand up comedy! Students discussed proper audience behaviors at the beginning of each class and were very supportive of their fellow classmates.
Next up: Fourth grade will be studying "Beethoven Lives Upstairs", and Fifth grade will be enjoying Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite".
Fourth grade did some simple composing on the mallet instruments, bringing together many of the musical elements that we've been working on since the beginning of the school year. Next up: Show Off Days!!
Fifth grade finished their rhythm testing and music stations. The centers were set up with music enrichment activities so students could practice their musical knowledge in fun ways, while waiting to test.
Coming next: Show Off Days!!!!
Halloween came to the music room! This week, 5th graders learned a song called "Skin and Bones" and used their decoding skills to work out the note names. Then they played the refrain on mallet instruments. They also sang some Pumpkin Carols!!
4th Graders learned a Halloween chant and then sang lots of Pumpkin Carols! We had a great time!
We also discovered a bass guitar player who recently set the Guinness world record for playing most strings on a bass. The link to the video is to the left. Enjoy!
"Every Good Boy Does Fine"..."Even George Bush Drives Fast"..."Elephants Gurgle Black Donut Fudge"...these are all sayings to help us remember the correct order of the lines on the staff in the Treble Clef. Both grade levels have been memorizing these important lines and will soon be playing simple songs using them. Our favorite activity was the Staff Jump-Around Game! In small groups, one student called out the letter of a line, and the rest moved to the correct line on the floor. It was a lot of fun and quite energetic!!
Emotions, emotions!! That's what Romantic Era music is all about. 5th grade listened to some of the greats: The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Dance of the Hours by Ponchielli, and Saint-Saen's Danse Macabre. We also continued to practice the rhythm challenge.
4th grade has finished up a unit on Baroque music, featuring the life, times, and music of Johann Sebastian Bach. And, we learned a little bit about early rockers Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry.
DURATION is the word! Both 4th and 5th grade have been reviewing and practicing playing whole, half, quarter and eighth notes on drums and percussion. 4th graders created duration notes using classroom seats. 5th graders are beginning to learn the rhythm challenge assessment. (See link above)
5th grade is also learning about the characteristics of Romantic Period music: they created a class slide show on Chromebooks and have listened to some famous pieces of music from the time.
Last week was Star Spangled Banner week for 4th grade! To learn the words, we split into teams and tried to put the phrases of the song in order. Wow, that was hard, but fun. Afterwards, we pretended to be at a Blackhawks game and sang the anthem together. We watched a short video that told the story of how and why the words were written. Then we even tried to act it out!! Finally, we listened to Jimi Hendrix play the Star Spangled Banner on his electric guitar and discussed his interpretation. This week we're focusing on note durations. More to come!
Fifth graders have been reviewing their duration notes. We played quarter, eighth and sixteenth note rhythms on percussion instruments, used the Chromebooks to practice naming notes and rests, learned about meter and conducted in 2's, 3's, and 4's. This week we're focusing on the Romantic Period of music. More to come!
Last week we started our "This Day in Music History" highlights. Students began each class with a five minute look at an important person, group, or innovation that helped shape the popular music we listen to today. So far they've seen youtube video performances of Count Basie, Leonard Bernstein, Bon Jovi, and Freddie Mercury.
5th grade went on a webquest to find information about orchestra instruments, tempo, harmony, and rhythm. As they solved questions correctly, they received puzzle pieces which, when completed, formed a diagram of the violin.
4th grade reviewed the four instrument families of the orchestra and learned more about sound production. Then they played an exciting game that featured the names of those same four families.
Welcome back to school!!
STRINGS ARE FUN!! We spent the week experimenting with various string instruments. Students were encouraged to try out the violin, viola, cello, double bass, electric and acoustic guitars, and the ukulele. It was noisy, but fun! Fifth grade learned more about fretted string instruments and fourth learned the differences in instrument groups between the concert band and orchestra. Have a great weekend!!
Why is music important? Scroll down and see.
There are many great music sites with fun games and activities. Try these: