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

 

April 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In the month of March, students got a great start to our Spring Folk Music program. In K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades, we have learned two new folk dances and songs to accompany movements. Each grade level has one more to learn and we are excited to share these with you all! 5th and 6th grade have been learning octavos and we are excited to share these with our families and with surrounding area Catholic schools in May. K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades have been working hard and most importantly, working together to make this concert a unique and memorable one for all involved!

March 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is moving along! We are very excited to start working on music for our spring program that is approaching at the end of the school year. In K4, K5, 5th and 6th grades, we will be learning various folk dances and songs to accompany movements. We are excited to learn them so that we can share them with our families at the concert! 5th and 6th grade will be working on music for a concert in May at Cardinal Newman with some of the local catholic schools’ music programs. It’s going to be a busy few months in music class: we are very excited to get started toward our programs and make music together.

February 2017

Music Grades K4, K5, 5, 6

In K4 and K5 we are working on learning how to be different with our tonal patterns and rhythm patterns. By being different, we are improvising musically and having musical conversations with each other. We will also be continuing our work on movement through space and time in various ways (fast, slow, high, middle, low, etc.) We’re looking forward to learning beginning folk dances and working with partners to move together.

In 5th and 6th grade, we are also learning folk dances. We started with “Sasha”, a Russian Folk dance but will be learning a few more as the semester continues. We’re refreshing our understanding of tonic and dominant chords in a variety of tonalities as well as reading and notating rhythm and tonal patterns. We are continuing our listening skills by identifying meters, styles, and instruments in pieces of music.