October Celebrity Singers in Chorus!
JFK 3rd Grade
JFK 4th Grade
JFK 5th Grade
Parmenter 3rd Grade
Hung out with Mr. Barrett (Jefferson and DT elementary music teacher) on a Saturday at Bridgewater State University to learn ways to reach diverse learners in the music setting! Of course, what's more inclusive than a jam session?:)
On October 5th, Foxboro hosted music teachers throughout Massachusetts. Among other activities, I attended a workshop on ukulele in the morning and musicians of the month in the afternoon. Here is David Piper from Concord Public Schools presenting on ukulele!
October Musician, Culture, and Composer of the Month!
(Parmenter Birthday Bulletin Board)
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 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. Even Mrs. Plouffe, Franklin's music director, had to join in the fun!
Mrs. Trottier's Class
Here is Mrs. Bradley's Class dancing to the beat. To see if they were really listening to the music, we moved to the song "Freeze!"
Here Mrs. Trockman's class is exploring their singing voice (and scaring our poor videographer Mrs. Trockman!) while moving to the song "Skin and Bones."
Here is Mrs. Kolodny's Class demonstrating beat and a duple rhythm chant for "Pumpkin Patch." Below they are exploring different instruments while singing a triple rhythm song "Skin and Bones."
Below students in Mrs. Maiato's class are playing a game called "Witch Witch." While they play I am able to see if they can independently find and sing patterns in the song. Students in 2nd and 3rd grade love this game!
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. This month we added a melody using notes and solfege that we are learning on our barred instruments. Still more to do but we look forward to performing this for you!
Here is Mrs. Henneberry's class performing "Skin and Bones." Notice students are playing the macro beat in triple meter, singing and also created their own arrangement with other percussion instruments.
Below is Mrs. Schreiber's Class playing the game "Witch Witch." This is a great way for me to assess students singing patterns alone and with others. In third grade we are reviewing the solfege syllables they learned in second grade.
Students have been loving their recorders! We've been so busy I forgot to take any videos! 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!
How fun is this?!
5th Grade General Music
Students are still expected to be playing the recorder at home so we can maintain our skills and add the ukulele. We are preparing for quite the concert! So far on the ukulele we have been learning the strings, parts of the ukulele, down strum and the C chord.
Here is some motivation!
5th Grade Chorus JFK
Below 5th graders are working on a round "Hey Ho" and wanted to try singing it in three parts. They also explored expression in the song "Ghost of John."
Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween! My youngest had a great first Halloween. Does he remind you have a song...?:)