Today we did stations and one of them was a movie station and we learned a lot about jazz. From the blues scale and syncopation, and also from where jazz came from the orginal.
Great job at your concert last night 2nd grade!! You did a fantastic job!
I'm so excited that I've been awarded one of the WCPS education foundation mini-grants. I proposed a project titled "Composition Creativity Through Technology" in which students in grades K-5 will use an ipad for composition and improvisation. Using a variety of apps students can be creative and apply things we've learned in class to their own compositions. Technology is the way most composition is done these days and so it will give students a wonderful real world application. I will also be purchasing and Apple TV to be able to mirror the ipad onto the screen and use all the functions of the ipad a whole class. So excited for my order to come in so we can get started using it!
Over the past several weeks I've had students start posting pictures and blogging about what we are doing in music class! Make sure you click on the link at "What's Happening in Music Class?" or go to the website www.fountaindalemusic.weebly.com!
Wow, this year already seems to be going by quickly. Fall is upon us and the weather lately has been beautiful! This month is music we will....
K- ...continue learning about our four voices, especially focusing on vocal exploration and singing voice; we also will begin comparing different kinds of music such as marches and lullabies. Ask your child about "Three Little Muffins."
1st- ...continue using our singing voices in a variety of ways, especially focusing on high and low sounds. Ask your child about "Peanut Butter"
2nd- ....continue distinguishing between high/middle/low (sol-mi-do). We are understanding how melodies are more interesting with variety. Ask your child about "Mouse, Mousie."
3rd- ....continue singing rounds to understand how harmony makes music more interesting. We will also look at what makes melodies more interesting. Ask your child about "Sweetly Sings the Donkey".
4th -...continue working on music for our concert "Go West!" Save the date for Nov. 22, 2011 at 7:00pm. We're learning about the exciting period of westward expansion and why it was an important part of American history. Ask your child about "Go West."
5th-...continue learning about how scales are the foundation for songs and we will begin creating good melodies of our own! Ask your child about "Whacky Do Re Mi."
Welcome back to another fantastic school year!! It's going to be a great year at Fountaindale! There are many changes that will certainly keep me on my feet. I look forward to each student learning all they can about music this year!
As summer is approaching I want to encourage students to seek out and participate in numerous music and art camps around the county. There are many different camps for children of all ages. Please let me know if you are interested in more information!
On May 24 at 6:00pm Fountaindale will host their first exhibition of learning! This will be an exciting event where students can demonstrate what they have learned this year in school. Look for musical exhibitions of learning in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Kindergarten will be singing songs they wrote about animals they learned about in class. 2nd grade music and dance experts will be comparing and contrasting the music of Ghana to the music of America. 3rd grade students will be playing recorder compositions! I hope you will stop out and see these great displays of learning!
Second graders will be presenting their concert "Arf" tomorrow evening (Thursday, April 14) at 6:30 pm! I hope to see you there!