Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Go outside and make music!

Hi Everyone! 

This week for music get outside and make music! You can make instruments out of nature or in nature or you can even listen to the birds in the trees! Many of our games we've played together can be played outside or with freshly washed hands you can learn hand clapping games (Remember Sailor Went To See?) or even take out the jump rope and see if you can jump and chant with the beat. Here is a video of my family making music outside.



I've enjoyed seeing many of you on google meets! I'm going to try to make as many as I can. I'll also plan to touch base once a week with some musical inspiration! Below is a link to many activities that can be played at home. They will definitely keep you busy for a while! Feel free to share this with others who may not see it on my blog or twitter.


Love and miss you all! Mrs. Mac

Click here to find out how you can keep music going at home!

*Some new links have been added along with some bonus songs we do on the recorder in 4th and 5th grade! 


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Paddy's Day!


*I forgot to mention that in K and then year to year I play this differently. Here is a video on a different way I played it with Mrs. Forde's class this year. Notice my friend in the middle playing the resting tone with a steady macro beat! Nice work!


I didn't get a video this year but this is Mr. Tighe's 3rd grade class from last year playing! Something we do and love in 1-3 is using dynamics instead of "hot or cold" to help the seeker find the leprechaun. Students sing the B section louder when students get nearer and softer if they're going in the wrong direction. Sing as many times as you need until you find your friend!


EXTENSIONS: What is the meter? (duple or triple) What is the tonality? (major or minor) Can you play it or even the phrase "Leprechaun" on a xylophone? keyboard? piano? recorder? Can you find the resting tone and play it on an instrument? Can you find the beat and play that on a drum or something that sounds like a drum? (Macro (big) and micro (small) beats)

Feel free to comment or ask questions! Love and miss you all! Mrs. Mac

Friday, February 28, 2020

February Music 2020!



February Celebrity Singers in Chorus!

JFK 3rd Grade

JFK 4th Grade

 JFK 5th Grade


 Parmenter 3rd Grade


February Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!





1st Grade Musicians: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington
*In honor of Black History Month*

A great book we read!

Fun fact: Mo Willems and Mrs. Mac have the same favorite singer!

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2011


Q: If Elephant's name is Gerald, why doesn't Piggie have a name?

A: Piggie does have a name.  Her name is "Piggie".  She was named that because when she was born she looked just like a little Piggie.  Also, Madonna, Beyonce, and Cher were taken.

"Elephant Gerald" is named after my favorite singer (say it fast).

(Grown ups, you can see more about my naming decisions for these characters in this interview)


2nd Grade Culture: India
This month we sang a traditional children's song from Bengal called "Ahg-doom Bahg-doom", we looked at Indian drumming, played instruments along to "Jai Ho" and finally watched the world famous Anoushka Shankar perform on the sitar!

Fun fact: Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones (American singer, songwriter and pianist) are half sisters!

3rd Grade Composer: John Williams
Fun Fact: He has been nominated for more Academy Awards than anyone alive!

Here is one of John Williams' pieces  you might recognize. Just this week students used this song to read new triple meter rhythms.

Other snapshots of Music in February!
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!
Also follow me on twitter @MrsMacMusic1


Kindergarten


In kindergarten we take time every class to play instruments. I do this activity frequently where I play music by different songwriters and in different styles and have students come in in small groups to play different instruments of their choice. This is Mrs. Trockman's class.

1st Grade
Here is 1st grade learning "Tisket a Tasket". They played this game and then watched Ella Fitzgerald perform the same song!

Mrs. Sanford's Class

Mrs. Zarrella's Class

2nd Grade and 3rd Grade
Second grade and third grade played this new game incorporating their syllables in major tonality. 

Mrs. Lussier's Class

Mrs. Carnaroli's class did the dragon dance again incorporating a dragon that one of their friends brought in!

4th Grade
Recorder Karate is going so well! Please help encourage your children to practice 5 times a day for 10 minutes. It will build their confidence and help them feel success! The term 2 goal is that all students will be done with purple belt, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm". All songs will be performed at our end of the year concert.
Here is a sneak preview of one of our songs we have begun working on for the concert!

Mrs. A. Williams' Class
5th Grade
JFK Chorus, Ukulele and Recorder Concert!
Friday, March 13th 9:00
You won't want to miss it!

Here is Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Lacerda's classes working on their C, Am and F chords using "Best Day of My Life".


Thursday, February 6, 2020

January Music 2020!

January Celebrity Singers in Chorus!



JFK 3rd Grade


JFK 4th Grade


 JFK 5th Grade


 Parmenter 3rd Grade



January Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!



Mrs. Henault's Class
Mrs. Maiato's Class
Mrs. Grinley's Class

2nd Grade Culture: China
*We compared the Chinese Lion Dance to the Dragon dance and then created a dance of our own!





1st and 3rd Grade Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
*Students loved seeing a modern day Mozart along with some other present day prodigies.


Other snapshots of Music in January!
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!
Also follow me on twitter @MrsMacMusic1


Kindergarten
Here are students in Mrs. Bradley's class moving like a train. We talked about the connection between trains moving together and music moving together on the beat. 
Excuse my loud singing! But here are students in Mrs. Forde's class moving to the beat with my stretchy band. 

1st Grade

Ms. Fitzgerald's Class was given the choice of what activity and they chose Doggie Doggie Where's My Bone. This is a great game to hear students individually singing patterns.

2nd Grade
*See videos under culture of the month.

3rd Grade

These compositions were inspired by the famous Gustav Holst and his "Planet Suite". Students created the rhythm, melody, instrumentation, form and so on. This was quite the project! An exciting tie in is that the students will be seeing "Mars" performed on their field trip in May! The Enjoy!
Mrs. Henneberry's Planet of Nature

Mrs. Schreiber's Planet of Candy
Mrs. Lussier's Planet of Fire and Lava

Mrs. McMullen's Planet of Music
Here is another 2nd and 3rd grade activity, "Snaps" that reinforces singing and rhythms in duple meter but also the concept of using different levels in movement such as high, medium and low.

4th Grade
Recorder Karate has begun! Please help encourage your children to practice 5 times a day for 10 minutes. It will build their confidence and help them feel success!


Ms. Hefler's Class performing "Merrily We Roll Along"


5th Grade

Fifth grade has been focusing on their F, Am and C chords. Here is a really fun video we use in class.

Here are some JFK parents at their PCC meeting attempting it on the ukulele after a short FIVE minute lesson! They rock!





Tuesday, January 21, 2020

What a week!

3rd and 4th grade concerts last week were amazing! Thank you to the families that came to see their young performers!


On Friday, 5th grade students at JFK, Parmenter and Oak were invited to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Providence Bruins game. Over 110 students participated! Check out the videos below!





Friday, January 3, 2020

Happy New Year! - December Music

Reminder: January Concerts coming soon!
Everyone should have received a paper reminder before vacation indicating concert details and concert attire. Attire is that students dress up for this special performance. 
Parmenter 3rd Grade: Tuesday, January 14 9:00 AM
JFK 3rd Grade: Thursday, January 16 9:00 AM
JFK 4th Grade: Thursday, January 16 9:45 AM

December Celebrity Singers in Chorus!
 
  JFK 3rd Grade

JFK 4th Grade

 JFK 5th Grade

 Parmenter 3rd Grade



December Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!


Students also requested I share this so they could watch again at home:)


1st Grade Musician: Ludwig van Beethoven 




2nd Grade Culture: Europe - Russia


3rd Grade Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
"The Nutcracker Suite" premiered December 18, 1892


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. Stay tuned!
Also follow me on twitter @MrsMacMusic1

Grades 1st-5th Music Show and Tell
Thank you to everyone who helped transport instruments etc. during this busy week so students could perform for myself and their classmates. If your child forgot, don't worry! We'll be doing this again in June. Here a few small highlights.












Kindergarten

I regret not getting any videos or photos this month! We've done so many fun activities! All activities this term are centering around finding the macro (big/strong) beat and micro (small/divided) beats and finding and singing the resting tone. The resting tone is Do in a scale (or La in a la-based minor scale) and lays the foundation for the I chord later in reading bass lines, improvising etc. Ask your children about The Nutcracker, Grizzly Bear, Tiny Tim the frog, Boom Boom Boom Went the Giants and Little Snowflake. You might hear the resting tone and some macro and micro beats!

1st Grade
Here in Mrs. Kolodny's class, students learned to listen to parts that sound the same and different. This is how students start learning about form or how composers organize music. We also learned that in a ballet dancers tell the story with no singing or talking. This is "Dance of the Reed Flutes."




2nd Grade
Students learned how to create harmony in a round using the song "kookaburra". I loved how students kept asking me to create more and more harmony by dividing into smaller groups.



3rdd Grade
This is Mrs. Henneberry's class performing "The March" from the Nutcracker.


4th Grade
Students completed learning B,A,G on the recorder and are now ready to bring them home! Starting next week students will be asked to practice the recorder 5 times a week for 10 minutes each time. This might fluctuate depending on the song or student but I would say this is the max they should need to master a song. All songs will be part of the program Recorder Karate and will be performed in their end of the year concert. More details coming home next week! Get ready!:)

This is a modified version of Jingle Bells using the notes:B,A,G.




5th Grade
Here are fifth graders in action on the ukulele! This month I gave students a packet filled with all different winter songs. Students could pick whatever song they wanted to practice and perform for me on the recorder and they were given a couple of songs to learn on the ukulele. Students should have completed one winter song for a report card grade. Check in with your child and make sure they have completed this. In January we are starting new music! Here they are performing the C chord and newly learned F chord. Enjoy!



In 5th grade students are now able to play all the notes in the popular winter song, Jingle Bells.