Sunday, January 14, 2018

Parmenter 5th Pop Song Playlist

Ok Parmenter 5th graders! Your turn! Here are your student submitted pop songs! We will vote Tuesday or the following Monday!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

JFK 5th Pop Song Playlist!

Ok JFK 5th graders! Here are your student submitted pop songs! We will vote next week in general music!
(Parmenter 5th Pop Songs TBA)

Friday, December 22, 2017

December Music!

December Celebrity Singers in Chorus!
JFK 3rd Grade
JFK 4th Grade

JFK 5th Grade and Parmenter 5th Grade TBA in January


December Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
1st Grade Musician: Ludwig van Beethoven

Here is one of Beethoven's greatest pieces performed as a flash mob! 

2nd Grade Culture: Europe

While 2nd graders enjoyed doing their own Russian dance, we also loved seeing some authentic Russian dancers!
3rd Grade Composer: Pytr Tchaikovsky

Mrs. Henneberry 3rd Grade performing the March from the Nutcracker! Great way to explore form!
Looking for one or two of these if anyone has one they don't use any more!

Other snapshots of Music in December!
Below are pictures and videos of different activities and concepts we explored in music. I plan to feature every class that I teach at JFK and Parmenter by the end of the year. 


 Mrs. Saford's Class exploring macro and micro beats in duple meter to the tune of "Jingle Bells."


Mrs. Logan's class exploring form and movement through "Dance of the Reed Flutes" from the Nutcracker. All K and 1 classes worked on this activity.



All classes 1-5 had an opportunity to share music from home in "music show and tell" this past week. Students will have another opportunity in June. Here is a clip from 5th graders in Mrs. Vicente's class. 

Winter Sing along/Caroling at Parmenter and JFK this week! Led by the 5th grade choruses!




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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

November Music!

November Celebrity Singers in Chorus!

JFK 3rd Grade

JFK 4th Grade

JFK 5th Grade

Parmenter 5th Grade


November Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
1st Grade Musician: John Philip Sousa
This was a great opportunity to explore beat and instruments through marching music!

2nd Grade Culture: Australia
Students had fun learning about the didgeridoo and singing about the kookaburra!

3rd Grade Composer: Scott Joplin
"The Entertainer" written by Scott Joplin, performed by Cory Hall

Looking for one or two of these if anyone has one they don't use any more!

Other snapshots of Music in November!
Below are pictures and videos of different activities and concepts we explored in music. I plan to feature every class that I teach at JFK and Parmenter by the end of the year. 
 Mrs. Maiato's Class 2nd Grade "Turkey Song"

Mrs. Arnold's Class 1st Grade - demonstrating macro beats on the triangles!


Mrs. Sanford's Class 1st Grade - demonstrating resting tone in minor tonality on a neutral syllable (meaning not using solfege yet)


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Chorus Solo Auditions!

We're getting ready for our January concerts and so it's time to pick our soloists! 
Auditions will be...
JFK 3rd and 4th Grade  - next week during general music
JFK 5th Grade - January TBD
Parmenter 5th Grade - December 11 and 12 during general music
Youtube is a great resource for practicing! Type in the song's name and then you could add lyrics or karaoke. Here is a song fourth graders are working on!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Music in October!

October Celebrity Singers in Chorus!

JFK 3rd Grade

JFK 4th Grade

JFK 5th Grade

Parmenter 5th Grade

October Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
1st Grade Musician: Yo-Yo Ma 

2nd Grade Culture: Africa

3rd Grade Composer: Camille Saint-Saens

Other snapshots of Music in October!
Below are pictures and videos of different activities and concepts we explored in music. I plan to feature every class that I teach at JFK and Parmenter by the end of the year. Stay tuned!
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Kindergarten JFK and Parmenter
Kindergarten has been having a blast exploring their voices and instruments! Students have also been discovering that the beat is everywhere! In this activity, students used flashlights to create a light show. Students were asked to demonstrate the beat using flashlights. Enjoy!

Mrs. Bradley's Class JFK



Mrs. Trottier's Class JFK (Special thank you to Mrs. Caron for being my videographer!:)

2nd Grade JFK
"Skin and Bones" is a traditional song I can use at almost every grade level. In second grade we explored triple meter by adding different percussion instruments to add texture to our piece. Some were used on the micro beat, some on the macro beat, some played the rhythm and some were used as sound effects. 
Mrs. Henault's Class JFK

3rd Grade JFK
As 3rd Graders learned about the Planets and composer, Gustav Holst, they also learned about becoming composers themselves! Students created their own planets and composed their own music to accompany their planets. At the end, they performed their music and classmates had to guess which planet was theirs. Students loved exploring all the instruments in the music room! I wish I could have taken videos of them all but my phone only has so much storage! Hopefully, you'll still enjoy the pictures!


Fidget Spinner Planet - Mrs. Henneberry

Mrs. Schreiber's Class
The Name of Music

The Candy Planet

The Great Sport Planet

Planet Mrs. Mac

Blue Sky

Mrs. Henneberry's Class:
Fidget Spinner Planet

Sweetness

Rocky Planet

Mystical Thunder

Blue Seas

Mrs. Lussier's Class:
Shoo Shoo

Whiskers

Mermaid

Unikitty

Fire Acid

Witch Witch
This is a popular game I use to explore singing patterns alone and with friends in minor tonality. I typically play this game with 2nd and 3rd grade. This group was fun to watch!

Mrs. Henneberry's Class 3rd JFK

4th Grade JFK and Parmenter
Mrs. A. Williams' Class 4th JFK
Students at JFK and Parmenter have been loving their recorders! Right now we're learning our first two notes B and A and learning practice and reading skills so we'll be ready to learn songs on our own in January! Get ready! Recorders come home then! Check out these students reading their music on their own without my help!

5th Grade Chorus JFK and Parmenter

Here is my Parmenter 5th grade chorus singing a very appropriate song for Halloween, "Ghost of John." Students decided how they wanted the expression to look, dynamics to sound, and how they wanted to split up and perform it as a round. I think their ideas really came together! 

Here is my JFK 5th grade chorus counting the rhythm for their round, "Hotaru Koi" which they are also performing in general music class on the recorder and ukulele. So proud to see them looking at their music and really trying to follow along with the rhythm. Looks like they'll be ready for middle school music!