May 2018

All Grades

We are so excited for our Spring Concert month! The theme of our concert is “Our Place in the World” and your students have been working since March to put on this program for you all. It will be held at the Copenhaver Band Hall at USC (just like last year). We will be performing a selection of songs and folk dances. We might even have you join in on the fun! We are also very excited to have been invited to the Midland’s Catholic Schools Concert at Cardinal Newman. We have nine very talented students who will be spending the afternoon at Cardinal Newman for this special event.

May will be a busy month but we are looking forward to sharing music with you all! Here are some dates for you to remember:

Midland’s Catholic Schools Concert at 6:00 PM on May 14, 2018, at Cardinal Newman HS

St. Peter’s Spring Concert at 7:00 PM on May 17, 2018, at Copenhaver Band Hall located on USC Campus.

We look forward to seeing you at the concert!

April 2018

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

Hello Saint Peter’s families. I hope you had a relaxing Spring Break and a very Happy Easter. The next few months will be very busy for Saint Peters’ music students and I’m looking forward to preparing for the concert. Our Spring Concert will be held on May 17th so mark your calendars now! All grades will be preparing Folk Dances similarly to last year and we are also preparing a few vocal selections to present as well.

K4 and K5 will be working to prepare two folk dances, both of which are circle dances. We are also working on two songs to perform for our friends and families at the concert in May.

The 5th and 6th grade will be working to prepare three folk dances: two circle dances and a square dance. We are building on previous knowledge regarding folk dance vocabulary to help our learning process. The 5th and 6th grades have also been working to prepare four vocal selections for our Spring Concert.

It’s a month of music and movement. We can’t wait to share it with you all!

March 2018

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

In K4 and K5, we have continued learning how to move around the room using types of movements (high, middle, and low space, curvy and straight pathways, and open and closed shapes). We have improvised melodies to a chord progression with the ukulele and many of us shared our created songs. This is a continuation of our creativity in music. During the month of March, we will also be preparing a few songs and folk dances to share with our families and friends during the spring concert.

In 5th and 6th grade, we performed the story of The Grasshoppers and the Ants to the classroom teachers and to Ms. Arrasmith. The students sang, chanted, and played barred instruments. In the month of March, students will be preparing material for the upcoming spring concert. We are going to learn 3 different folk dances, two circle dances, and a square dance. We also will learn a piece on the barred instruments. Finally, we are working on four pieces to share during our spring concert. The theme for our concert focuses on our place in the world and we can’t wait to share it with you!

February 2018

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

In K4 and K5, we have discovered new ways of moving through space. We have learned high, middle, and low space, curvy and straight pathways, and open and closed shapes. We have explored these movement qualities by moving around the room while singing and chanting in various tonalities and meters. We are continuing to work on determining same and different tonal patterns and individuals have created different patterns. When we are different than each other in music, we are exploring creativity in music! How exciting that we can appreciate what each person has to offer through creativity in music.

In 5th and 6th grade, we have learned a song in a round called “Grasshoppers Three”. We have also learned a chant about working all summer long and have learned a song to sing while using barred instruments such as glockenspiels and xylophones. In the month of February, the 5th and 6th grade will be putting these new songs together to act out the fable of The Grasshoppers and the Ants in class. This fable focuses on the importance of preparing today for tomorrow’s needs. The story will be narrated while the students bring the tale to life with singing, chanting, movement, and drama.

January 2018

Music (All Grades)

Thank you to all of the parents, friends, and family members that came to our Christmas Program on December, 14th, “Gifts of the Spirit”. We are so pleased with the students and are so proud of their hard work. The program contained music that was quite challenging and they accomplished so many musical and personal goals in preparation for the program. We are excited to discover what 2018 has in store for St. Peter’s Music Program.

K4, K5, 5th and 6th Grade

Music classes will resume the week of January 16. K4 and K5 will begin the new year by exploring music creativity and music literacy in a variety of tonalities and meters. They will be creating their own rhythm and tonal patterns and sharing them with each other. They will also be establishing literacy skills by reading rhythm and tonal patterns. We are looking to begin notation in K5 in the next few months!

The 5th and 6th graders will continue improving their music literacy, creativity, and improvisations skills by working together, sharing ideas and learning from each other through music games and activities. We will also be learning some new folk dances and strengthening our movement skills and movement vocabularies.

December 2017

Music (All Grades)

We are looking forward to presenting our Christmas program to our friends and families on December 14th, 2017. The program will include a variety of Christmas tunes and chants: traditional and multicultural. The students have been working all semester to develop skills required for this performance. We will be demonstrating our drumming skills, movement skills, and of course our singing and chanting skills. Some songs you will hear include favorites such as Silent Night, Little Drummer Boy, and O Come Little Children.

The program starts at 7:00 PM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Students will be dropped off in Neglia Hall at 6:30 PM. Students must wear their Mass Day uniform for this performance. We are looking forward to the December 14 performance!

November 2017

 

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

Wow! It is so hard to believe that it’s already November. The new month means the start of preparation for our Christmas program. Ms. Arrasmith and I are excited to start working toward new performance goals in music class. In K4 and K5, we will be learning some new songs specific for our Christmas program in December. We will continue to practice our movement qualities such as space, weight, and shape. In both K4 and K5, we have experienced same and different in a variety of meters and tonalities. Students have started leading activities on their own by acting as the classroom leaders. We are developing our music independence and literacy skills by offering patterns, having them written on the board, and singing/chanting them together as a class.

In 5th and 6th grade, students have experienced a large variety of meters and tonalities. We’ve sung in many tonalities and have labeled their resting tones (Mixolydian tonality has Sol as the resting tone; Phrygian tonality has Mi as the resting tone). We’ve continued playing the drums and working on our executive skills as we learn to handle the drums correctly and with respect. We’ve played some fun music games like “Trick-or-Treat” and “Jikeleza”. We’ve improvised rhythmically and tonally by being different than each other. We will continue to practice our music skills, such as improvisation while working toward other skills. Some composition will be in our future! For the Christmas program, the 5th and 6th graders have some exciting and interesting material to prepare for you all and we cannot wait to share it in December!

October 2017

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

Movement

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.

Literacy

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.

September 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

Welcome back to another wonderful school year at Saint Peter’s Catholic School! I am so excited to see the students again and to get to know the new faces this year. In K4 and K5, we are starting out our year of music making with listening, singing, chanting, and moving. Students will sing major and aeolian tonal patterns together and individually. They will also perform rhythm patterns in duple and triple. We have started to discuss and review same and different and how being different in music class allows us to be creative. In 5th and 6th grades we have also been singing, chanting, listening, and moving. We have established our classroom expectations: be kind, be in your place, and be doing your jobs. We will be performing tonal patterns in major and aeolian tonalities, singing chord root functions, and improvising on tonic and dominant tonal patterns. We will be creating a movement piece to a song and playing Orff instruments and drums in the near future. I’m looking forward to being back at St. Peter’s and sharing music with everyone!

Music Grades 1-4

Movement

First through fourth grade students are experiencing how their bodies move through time and space. They are exploring the concept of “still forms” using the terms “ball” (making your body or part of your body as compact as possible) and “wall” (making your body or part of your body as large and wide as possible). They can label, demonstrate, contrast, and create these still forms.

Literacy

First and second grade students are learning to recognize and perform singing and chanting patterns. Similar to learning written language, the students first experience a variety of songs and chants through aural means. After hearing and performing a variety of patterns, students begin to learn to label these patterns using appropriate musical terminology.

Third and fourth students also continue to build an aural vocabulary of singing patterns and chanting patterns. The students are learning how the patterns function within a musical context. As they build this vocabulary, they are learning how to use their knowledge of familiar patterns to label unfamiliar patterns. They will use their knowledge to create their own songs and chants.

First and Second Grade Project

First and second grade students are using a name game to explore rhythms. The rhyme goes like this:

I’ve got a name, you’ve got a name

Say your name, and we’ll do the same

Students have experienced being leaders when saying their names for the class and being part of an ensemble when repeating another student’s name. As the students become more comfortable using their chanting voices, they will begin to use their chanting-pattern vocabulary to create their own rhythmic improvisations.

Third and Fourth Grade Project

Third and fourth grade students are using a chant to learn about musical form (what parts of the chant are the same and what parts of the chant are different), to move to different beats, and to experience body percussion (snapping, clapping, patting, and stomping). Collaborating in small groups, the students will apply those body percussion elements to the rhythm of the chant. Soon the students will use the chant to explore and to create improvisations on barred instruments, such as the xylophone and the glockenspiel.

CN Festival Audition Materials

Here are materials for audition preparation for the CN music festival. A reminder that auditions will be held after school on Thursday, April 27th. Students must prepare the first verse and chorus of “Inscription of Hope” and the audition must be memorized. We have provided a recording on youtube to use as you prepare. Also, attached to this post is sheet music and lyrics for the song. We look forward to hearing everyone’s audition!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjrhRJ_hsuc

Inscription of Hope-Stroope