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!

 


4H Performs “Go ‘Round the Mountain”

During our last unit, “How We Express Ourselves”, Grade 4 students were exploring folk songs from around the world. They sang, they danced, and they played folk songs on their recorders.

“Go ‘Round the Mountain” is one of the songs that we learned before students were given the option to create their own folk songs. The girls in 4H created an introduction and this dance to go along with the music. Enjoy!

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


4D Performs “Good News”

During our last unit, “How We Express Ourselves”, Grade 4 students were exploring folk songs from around the world. They sang, they danced, and they played folk songs on their recorders.

“Good News” is one of the songs that we learned before students were given the option to create their own folk songs. 4D created this dance to go along with the music. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGx2CZAIvEA


Grade 2 Works With Ayo

Guest clinician, Ayo, came to work with our students in November in preparation for IICS’ International Day. The students had a LOT of fun exploring African drumming with this enthusiastic educator!

Follow the link below to watch a short clip of their music making in progress:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AjXDtiDDkg

 


Grade 4 Works with Ayo

Guest clinician, Ayo, came to work with our students in November in preparation for IICS’ International Day. The students had a LOT of fun exploring African drumming with this enthusiastic educator!

Follow the link below to watch a short clip of their music making in progress:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSD6oectSw0


3A One Bottle of Pop Movement

In Grade 3, we were singing Partner Songs to help us learn how and why certain melodies can be sung at the same time. The class learned one song at a time. The first song was “One Bottle of Pop,” which is a popular camp song. We then added “Fish and Chips and Vinegar” and “Don’t Throw Your Trash”. Later, the students decided which two songs they would like to try to sing at the same time.

The students were asked to create movement to go with “One Bottle of Pop”.

Follow the link below to see what they came up with:

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


3K One Bottle of Pop Instrumentation

In Grade 3, we were singing Partner Songs to help us learn how and why certain melodies can be sung at the same time. The class learned one song at a time. The first song was “One Bottle of Pop,” which is a popular camp song. We then added “Fish and Chips and Vinegar” and “Don’t Throw Your Trash”. Later, the students decided which two songs they would like to try to sing at the same time.

The students were asked to create instrumentation to go with “One Bottle of Pop”.

Follow the link below to see what they came up with:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg_g-3XEH5M


“The Great, Big, Enormous Turnip”

In Grade 2, we have been exploring how we can use instruments and simple rhythm patterns to tell a story. After reading the story “The Great, Big, Enormous Turnip,” Grade 2 tested out instruments and assigned one to every character in the story.

One fun example:

The students decided that the rainstick should represent the cat. When I asked why, they explained that it sounded like a cat hissing! Well done, Grade 2!

Attached is the powerpoint of their entire soundscape. Enjoy!

Turnip


Welcome to Primary Music!

Together, we will explore our world through instrumental and vocal music, dance, composition, and performance. We each come from a unique place with a rich culture and heritage. Our music class will embrace those qualities. We will study how composers communicate ideas with their audiences and apply those concepts to our own musical stories.

Keep an open mind.

Respect each other.

Have fun!

I look forward to working with each of you!

 


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