Spring has sprung! Our students have been singing up a storm! Students from Pre-k through 7th grade music classes have been singing, studying composers, and playing instruments. We only have a few Music classes left in the school year. So, we are making our last days of school full of music!
Pre-K through Second grade music have been singing spring songs and reviewing our music symbols. Some of the pieces they have been singing are “Peter Cottontail”, “Camptown Races”, and “Little Bird”. The children have been identifying music symbols through our carpet games. The children move to the music. When the music stops, the children must identify and define the symbol they are standing on. This is a very fun game, and the children are learning a lot about reading music and music terms.
Third grade continues to play recorders as well as sing. Some of the pieces they are are playing are “Lightly Row”, “Rain, Rain”, and “Barcarolle” (boat song). They have been singing too. Including our Easter hymns, “Alleluia” and “Seek Ye First”.
Fourth and Fifth grade classes have completed a piano unit which includes a “Piano Races” game. The classes compete to see how many pieces they can learn on the keyboards. Both classes played very well. The Fourth grade students each performed 14 solo pieces or exercises. The Fifth grade students each performed 25 solo pieces.
They presented correct fingerings, notes, keys, and rhythms in order to pass the solos. The classes used Bastien’s “Primer” book to exhibit the pieces.
Sixth and Seventh grade classes are completing the Romantic era. The Seventh graders presented their reports last week on Schubert and Tchaikovsky. The students read and listen to the story of the composers. They answer questions about their life and music. Finally, they listen to their pieces and analyze the pieces using music terms.
We will complete the unit on Friday May 10th. Some of the works the students have been listening and analyzing are “Liebestraum” by Liszt, “The Nutcracker Suite” by Tchaikovsky, and “Erlking” by Schubert. The children are also playing drums and singing graduation pieces.
(Music pics are from our recent production of “Aristocats”. They are from dress rehearsals and the Make-up rooms.)
Graduation Dates: Tuesday May 21st Kindergarten Graduation. Thursday, May 23rd Sixth Grade Graduation.