Welcome Back to Music Class!
The song of the month for February is “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan. Here are the lyrics if you would like to sing with your children:
“You’re a grand old flag.
You’re a high-flying flag and forever in peace my you wave.
You’re the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true ‘neath the red, white and blue,
Where there’s never a boast or brag.
But should auld acquaintance be forgot, keep your eye on the grand old flag!”
As a part of our introduction to reading music in kindergarten, we select “high” and “low” (sol and mi) notes to create a line of music on the board. This may not look like music and it is not! Creating these pictures trains our little ones to track note heads and helps them on their way to read and sing sheet music by the time they are in 5th grade. This technique helps them track the note heads that will be introduced soon. The students got to pick the shape we use for our notes. A few of my favorites were diamonds and grass. J
This month the Kindergarteners are listening to Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Surprise Symphony” where they discovered the “Surprise” of the symphony was the change in dynamics. As an activity we pretended to be asleep as we listened to the symphony and “woke up in surprise” when the dynamics changed! Here are a couple of KB kiddos showing their best surprise faces!
Aural perception is the name of the game in 1st grade music. We’ve been training our ears to hear pitches and rhythms and match them with the symbols. I will project two examples of music on the board and sing only one of them to the class. I begin simply by singing the solfege syllables (sol and mi) and when they have mastered this, I only sing the notes on the syllable “lu”. It amazes me how these ears can be trained so easily! Here is an example of our aural perception this quarter!
If you have heard your 2nd grader singing a song about cookies, you might be hearing one of our concert songs from Puerto Rico called “Coquí”. It is about a sweet frog who sings the children to sleep with lullabies. One of our instruments this month to study is the glockenspiel. The students got to play the glockenspiels in our classroom after our discussion on its sound production. Here are some kiddos from 2C!
A challenge we have in 4th grade is learning our German concert song called “Die Forelle”. We are working hard to completely memorize three verses in a foreign language. I am proud of the 4th graders for persevering though the silly sounds of German! We also learned a few new folk songs this February, one being “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” in honor of Black History Month. The students had a new encounter with dynamics moving to the volume changes in music as we sang John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt and listened to the 2nd movement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, known as the “Surprise Symphony”. See if you can guess the surprise!
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle