Pre-K: No class this week! See you next week!
Kindergarten: We practiced the steady beat sitting in our spots and standing in our spots. We learned that we have four voices: singing, speaking, whispering, and shouting. We practiced using our four voices in a poem called "Giant's Shoes" and used our singing voice in the song "I Got Shoes".
1st: We continued working on melodic movement showing the upward and downward motion of our voices in the songs "Sleep Bonnie Bairnie" and "La ranita cri". We practiced steady beat with the game to the song "Obwisana" which is from Uganda. We had to test our balancing skills by hopping on one foot to the steady beat.
2nd: We reviewed rhythm with ta and ti-ti using "Engine, Engine" and learned about quarter rests (ta rest) using the song "I Bought Me a Cat". We had to match the sounds of each animal to the correct rhythm. We earned our next belt in the Solfa Dojo!
3rd: We reviewed the melodic movement in "Chan Mali Chan" and figured out the melodic movement in the song "String of Pearls" by Glenn Miller. We learned about Glenn Miller and how he played the trombone in jazz style.
4th: We continued to think and understand steady beat patterns and showed the steady beat pattern of 4/4 in the song "Hush Little Baby". Even though we know this song in its nursery rhyme form, we learned that a singer, Bobby McFerrin, and a cellist, Yo-Yo Ma arranged this song to be a duet.
5th: We reviewed the pentatonic scale with the spiritual "In That Great Git'n Up Mornin'". We learned that African American slaves sang spirituals to communicate in code with each other to help each other know when it was safe to escape through the underground railroad to the north. We discussed the form of the song being call and response and practiced the pentatonic scale patterns in the song.
6th: We practiced scatting, which is vocal improvisation in jazz music. We started working with our groups on our jazz style song inspired by Ella Fitzgerald.
7th: We continued to think about the slight difference between blues and other styles of music such as jazz, rock, and heavy metal. We started working with our groups on our blues style song.
8th: We learned the importance of classical style music in movies. We listened to some theme music from movies about superheros. We talked about the famous classical composer John Williams and all the movies he composed music for such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. We watched a scene from one of his movies, E.T., without his music to understand how much of an impact music has on scenes without speaking.