Pre-K: No class this week! Enjoy your Friday off!
K: We are working hard on steady beat! Today we learned that there are fast and slow steady beats. The speed of a song is the tempo! We practiced moving around the room to the beat beat by walking, marching, tip-toeing, stomping, and hopping. We practiced following the steady beat a different tempos.
1st: We thought about direction in music today. We understand than we can sing upward, downward, and across (stay on the same note). We used "Miss Mary Mack" and figured out that we sing upward in that song. We learned a new song in French, "Bonjour mes amis" and figured out the end of that song we sing downward. We tested our steady beat skills by circling pictures that make a steady beat and crossing out pictures that do not make a steady beat.
2nd: We continued to think about steady beat, but also started to listen for rhythm. Rhythm is the short and long sounds in a song or poem. We clapped the rhythm to "Sheep in the Meadow" and "I'm Gonna Sing!". We then figured out the rhythm to the song "Peas Porridge Hot" knowing that one sound on a steady beat is "ta" and two sounds on a steady beat is "ti-ti". We learned that when there is no sound on a steady beat it is a rest.
3rd: No class this week! Enjoy your Friday off!
4th: We finished our rhythm activity today. We practiced clapping our rhythms with our partner(s) and then practiced with instruments. We performed our rhythm on instruments for the class.
5th: We created our own steady beat pattern to use with "God Bless America" and performed them for the class.
6th: We finished up learning about Dave Brubeck, the jazz pianist and composer. We wrote interview questions for him and then used his biography to answer them. We created a picture that we thought of when we listened to his composition: Take Five, and we practiced moving to the odd steady beat in "Take Five" with bean bags.
7th: No class this week! Enjoy your Friday off!
8th: We started to discuss classical style music. We started by learning about Eric Whitacre, a current classical composer and how he put together a Virtual Choir. We evaluated the performance of one of his Virtual Choirs performing his composition "Water Night".