The music students and I would like to send a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Vandenhole from Brownsville Elementary for letting our Comet musicians borrow enough barred Orff instruments (Xylophones and Metallophones), so our students can each have an instrument to play! What a difference it is when every child has an instrument to play!
Students in grade 5 are learning about FORM, the organization of music. Students are singing songs, playing instruments, and listening to songs in either verse, AB, ABA, and ABACA forms. They are exploring improvisation while playing the Orff instruments. Students are completing note reading quizzes called Mad Minute tests in which they have to identify 30 note names in 1 minute's time. Come see your child's progress on our bulletin board.
Students in grade 4 are learning about FORM, the organization of music. Students are singing songs, playing instruments and listening to songs in rounds, verse, AB, ABA, and theme and variation forms. They are experiencing improvisation while playing the Orff instruments. Students are reading rhythm flashcards using correct rhythm syllables. Recorder instrument orders will be distributed in November.
Students in grade 3 are learning about difference between BEAT and RHYTHM. They are learning how to accompany their singing, while playing the Orff instruments and student handbells. In addition, they are learning how to read rhythms while maintaining a steady beat. They are matching pitch using solfege syllables, including Do, Re, Mi, Sol, La, and high Do. They will be learning about the composer Edvard Grieg and his composition In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite.
Students in grade 2 are demonstrating BEAT and RHYTHM through singing games, instrument playing, and movement exploration. They are playing Orff instruments, handheld percussion instruments, and hand clapping games. They have just started reading quarter notes and paired eighth notes using rhythm reading syllables. They are learning how to match pitch using solfege syllables, Do, Re, Mi, Sol and La.
Students in grade 1 are exploring and demonstrating STEADY BEAT and RHYTHM in duple meter through marching and tapping and compound meter through galloping. They are transitioning from reading pictures to reading rhythms with quarter notes and paired eighth notes. They are experiencing different voice types and ways to move their body to the music. They are learning how to accompany themselves while playing a steady beat. They are also making an improvisation in pentatonic that uses rhythms of their choosing.
Kindergarten students are experiencing STEADY BEAT and RHYTHM in duple meter through marching and tapping and compound meter through galloping. The students are reading and echoing iconic pictures to prepare them to read rhythms. They are learning how to be good audience members while classmates explore moving to the music, listening to musical stories, and classmates' singing and instrument playing.