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


Rocky Planet

Mystical Thunder

Blue Seas

Mrs. Lussier's Class:
Shoo Shoo




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!

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