Friday, March 22, 2019

Save the Date!

Important dates added to my list! 
(see right side of this page)

3rd Grade Music Field Trip
Parmenter: Tuesday, May 21st
JFK: Friday, May 24th
*Details will come home in April

5th Grade JFK Proud To Be An American Show
Wednesday, June 5th, 9am

Friday, March 8, 2019

February Music! *videos now working!

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*

Here is first grade learning "A Tisket A Tasket" which we then listened to Ella Fitzgerald sing.

Mrs. Arnold's First Grade Class

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!
We watched some of John Williams conducting the orchestra playing Star Wars in class. Here is another student favorite of his! In one lesson this month students composed rhythms in triple meter to accompany the beginning of this piece.


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 as we continue to explore the beat, we talk about how dancing is closely tied to the music and the beat. Here is a chant called "Valentine Rap". Check out these moves!

1st Grade
First grade has been working on not only feeling the beat but also differentiating between duple and triple meter. Many of us adults did not learn these words as kids but it is basically hearing if a song is in two or three. This is an important step in performing, reading, creating and improvising their own music! We do very little written work in first grade because I want to spend most of our time making music but once in a while I like to check in on paper. Here are two papers you'll see come home. 

*The answer is triple meter but even if students picked duple meter if they had a good reason for picking it I was happy with their thinking!

Students explored triple rhythms through the popular nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty". We listened for Du da di's to determine whether this rhyme is in duple or triple meter. Here Mrs. Emord's class practicing the rhythm and then playing the rhythm on an instrument of their choice. You might also notice that students were 100 years old this day!

Now listen to them audiate the rhythm or say it in their head.


2nd Grade
Second grade is working on adding solfege syllables in major and minor tonality. This develops their ears so they can perform, read, write and improvise. Here is a fun game we played for Valentine's Day!

Mrs. Wilmarth's Class

3rd Grade




Students from Mrs. Lussier's Class
Students at JFK and Parmenter are preparing for their field trip on May 21st (Parmenter) and May 24th (JFK) to see the RI Philharmonic Orchestra. More information coming home in April! Students have been learning about the different instrument families. Today at JFK some students brought in their string instruments!
*Dress as your favorite book character added to the fun!:)


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! Students should be working on blue belt, "When the Saints Go Marching In." Only two more songs until black belt! All songs will be performed at our end of the year concert.


5th Grade
JFK Chorus, Ukulele and Recorder Concert!
Wednesday, March 27th 9:00
You won't want to miss it!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Franklin 5th graders sing at the Providence Bruins game!

Thank you to the Oak St, JFK and Parmenter PCC for organizing a fun night for the 5th graders and K-5 families! We had about 85 students perform! Students received rally towels, T-shirts, hats, popcorn and a drink but most importantly an unforgettable experience! Thank you again!

Providence Bruins February 4, 2019
Entrance onto the ice...
View from the ice...
5th graders performing "God Bless America"



Friday, February 1, 2019

January Music!



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!



1st Grade Musician: Alicia Keys 
*Look for her hosting the Grammy Awards in February!








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





3rd Grade Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
*Students loved seeing a modern day Mozart!


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


3rd Grade

At Parmenter, third grade was able to compose their Planet compositions in their winter concert. At JFK we were not able to perform them so please enjoy our video recordings! These 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! Enjoy!

Mrs. Henneberry's Planet of Thunder


Mrs. Schreiber's Planet of Nature


Mrs. Lussier's Planet of Video Games


Here is another 2nd and 3rd grade activity, "Early in the Morning" that reinforces duple meter and improvisation.

4th Grade
Students are still working diligently at growing as recorder players. I spent a lot of time in term 1 not only building good recorder playing habits but also good recorder practice habits. Students are being taught how to learn a piece without my help by first clapping and saying the rhythm, then clapping and saying the notes, then adding fingerings and finally playing the song.

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!


Mrs. Merten's Hot Cross Buns


5th Grade

Here fifth graders are trying to master the chorus of Three Little Birds so they can play for me and I can assess their playing the F and C chords. Students should also be practicing 5 times a week for 10 minutes as we prepare songs for their concerts! 





Bravo!
Congratulations to the 3rd graders at Parmenter and the 3rd and 4th graders at JFK for wonderful concerts! I was very proud but most importantly I hope the students were proud of their work! Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get many videos but here is a highlight thanks to Mrs. Merten! And here is a warm up 4th grade did this week. They were very excited to perform this round in 4 parts!





Friday, December 21, 2018

December Music 2018

Wishing everyone a wonderful vacation filled with music and happy memories! See you next year!:)

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!


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.
5th Grader playing the Baritone in Mrs. Lacerda's Class.

A student playing a song he learned on the piano in Mrs. Lussier's 3rd grade class.
Two friends singing together in Mrs. Emord's first grade class.
A student playing the cello in Mrs. Henneberry's 3rd grade class.

A student playing the piano in Mrs. A. Williams' 4th grade class.


This is a student in Mrs. Consilvio's class looking very dapper for his performance of his own original song!


1st Grade
Here in Mrs. Emord and 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. This is "Dance of the Reed Flutes."



2nd Grade
Below students in Mrs. Sandford's class are having no fun at all exploring form through "The Russian Dance" from The Nutcracker. :)


3rd Grade

This is Mrs. Consilvio's class also exploring form by performing "The March."

This is a sneak peek at a Planet composition project we've been working on in third grade. Parmenter will actually be performing these pieces as part of their 3rd grade concert. At JFK, I will be recording their full performances.



4th Grade
Students are still working diligently at growing as recorder players. I spent a lot of time in term 1 not only building good recorder playing habits but also good recorder practice habits. Students are being taught how to learn a piece without my help by first clapping and saying the rhythm, then clapping and saying the notes, then adding fingerings and finally playing the song.

Here is Mrs. E. Williams' class performing notes B and A on the song "Starburst." Notice how diligently they are following their music! 


Recorders go home and recorder karate starts in January! Get ready!


5th Grade
I was finally able to find time to get a recording of our 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. Here they are performing the C chord and newly learned F chord. Enjoy!


3rd Grade Chorus Parmenter
Here the third grade chorus adapted a warm up called "Donkeys Always Love Their Carrots". Once mastered this warm up can be turned into a round to create harmony. This month they created their own version:)




Friday, December 7, 2018

Heads up!

Looking ahead in music...
Chorus auditions
Next week  during general music classes. 
December 10-14
JFK 3rd and 4th grade and Parmenter 3rd grade (Optional)
*Chorus concert dates are listed on the right side of this blog*


Music Show and Tell
Week before vacation during your child's music class!
December 17-21
JFK 1st-5th grade, Parmenter Mrs. Mac’s classes
Some important notes:
1. This is completely optional. Usually only a few students in each class share.
2. This is for students who would like to show a song they learned in piano lessons or other instrument lessons, sing a favorite song they learned at home, or maybe bring in and share a special instrument!
3. All sharing must be musical! While dancing is very musical, I've had to eliminate this option for time sake.
4. Please keep all songs to one minute or under.

Thank you! Mrs. MacMurray

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