Student Led Conferences

A big THANK YOU to all the students and parents who visited the music room on Friday. It was fun for me to watch the students take on the teacher role and to watch parents explore what the students have been learning and creating. I really enjoyed listening to all the different languages as well! What a gift for us to be a part of a diverse international community!

If you missed conferences, I have plenty of extra activity sheets that I would be happy to send home with your child, or you can e-mail for a copy, so you so that you can try it at home.

 

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Vacation Melodies

Here are the two vacation melodies from Grade 5!

 

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5M Composes Vacation Jam

What did YOU do over your February holiday?

Students told me about their vacations and we turned it into a percussion ensemble.

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The top line is Germany, followed by France, Netherlands, and Italy.

First the students said where they went or what they did. Next, they explored different rhythms that they could say to go along with each place or action. After writing it all out, students performed their composition using speaking. When they felt comfortable speaking their parts, an instrument was assigned to each part and they tried to play it.

Here’s a link to their instrumental performance in class: http://youtu.be/T4N9egpLsxE

Students used these videos as an opportunity to reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and how the choice of instruments may have impacted their performance. This class concluded that it was tempting to line up the France and Italy parts because the rhythms were so similar.

The next step is to compose vacation melodies! Here’s what they’ve started:

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5G Composes Vacation Jam

What did YOU do over your February holiday?

Students told me about their vacations and we turned it into a percussion ensemble.

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First the students said where they went or what they did. Next, they explored different rhythms that they could say to go along with each place or action. After writing it all out, students performed their composition using speaking. When they felt comfortable speaking their parts, an instrument was assigned to each part and they tried to play it.

Here’s a link to their instrumental performance in class: http://youtu.be/9bJMVVqjm44

Students used these videos as an opportunity to reflect on what went well, what didn’t, and how the choice of instruments may have impacted their performance. Students found that staying together using their voices was much easier than staying together while playing instruments. They also concluded that if the “Turkey” rhythm had been moved over a beat and played on a different instrument, they would have been more rhythmically confident.

The next step is to compose vacation melodies!

 


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