Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6
In K4 and K5 students have had a great first month of music class exploring various tonalities, meters, and movements. The students have learned the difference between singing voices and speaking voices. Students have offered their own rhythm patterns, shared them with the class, and had their pattern written on the board with music notation. The students have also become confident users of seaweed spine, a type of movement necessary for optimal music making. We are looking forward to the month of October for many fun, Autumn themed music activities.
In 5th and 6th grade, students have sand, chanted, and moves to various tonalities and meters. They have explored how their bodies move in space by “blobbing”, making high-middle-low statues, and making open and closed shapes. We have put those movement and space qualities to work as the students have created movements to phrases of a song. The students have practiced using their chanting voices to read rhythm patterns and create their own. They have also used their singing voices to sing tonal patterns and create their own as well! The students have been exploring West African drumming which has been educational and quite fun! With the drums, we’ve talked about respect: respect for each other, for the instruments, and for ourselves. From this conversation, the students created a “Respect Mural” where they all wrote down their own idea of respect.
I’m looking to another busy, wonderful month of music making at St. Peter’s. Happy Autumn, everyone!
Music Grades 1-4
First through fourth grade students are experiencing how various body parts move through space and time. They are isolating body parts, such as their hands, backs, legs, shoulders, etc, to experience how their bodies move in a variety of ways. They are also coordinating their movements with their breathing in order to increase their awareness of how breathing affects their musicianship.
First through fourth grade students are singing and chanting a variety of patterns to increase their aural music vocabulary. They are also learning how to identify the resting tone in major and minor tonalities, as well as tonic and dominant chord functions. One of our new favorite games is singing and chanting patterns while tossing a squishy ball to each other. Students need to focus on the leader to determine when the entire class should echo a pattern and when an individual should echo a pattern. This helps them coordinate our breathing and increase their ability to audiate patterns. Ask your child what “audiate” means. As the year progresses, they will use these patterns and skills to improvise and write down their own patterns.
First and Second Grade Project
First and second grade students are learning a chant that they accompany with body percussion. Soon, they will transfer the body percussion onto classroom percussion instruments. Ask your child about this chant, and see if they can remember the four secret words that have body percussion.
I have a loose tooth,
A wiggly jiggly loose tooth,
I have a loose tooth,
A-hangin’ from a thread.
Now I’ve lost my loose tooth,
My wiggly jiggly loose tooth,
And now I’ve got a dollar
And a hole in my head!
Third and Fourth Grade Project
Third and fourth grade students have started a drumming unit. They have learned how to create low and high tones on upright drums. They can echo steady beat sequences and rhythm patterns on body percussion and on drums. Last week, they improvised their own rhythm patterns using the “Say & Do, Whisper & Do, Think & Do” sequence. Next week, students will begin to learn their first drum ensemble piece.