Friday, May 15, 2020

At Home Resources Week 9

Welcome to Week 9 of remote learning!

This is our LAST week of school! To celebrate, we are finishing our Patriotic Song Palooza! Our highlighted song this week is...... Battle Hymn of the Republic! You will find the sing-a-long videos with me in each of your grade levels. Right below here is a performance from The United States Army Field Band. Notice which verses you know and which verses are new. Do they sing it more allegro or adagio? Find the conductor, the singers, and instruments you know!


Battle Hymn of the Republic- Kindergarten Sing-a-long

Camille Saint-Saëns "Carnival of the Animals"


Cuckoo in the Depths of the Woods


1st grade:

Battle Hymn of the Republic- 1st grade Sing-a-long:

Dancing/Moving Music!

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Russian Dance" from The Nutcracker
This song was a favorite of you first graders this year! :D Enjoy!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca"

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"

2nd Grade

Battle Hymn of the Republic - 2nd Grade Sing-a-long:
I forgot some of the motions we made! Do you remember all of them?

Ludwig van Beethoven' s "Moonlight Sonata"

Beethoven Joke:

Ludwig van Beethoven' s Symphony No. 5 Movement 1
I think this may be the most requested and beloved composition of Beethoven's for this year's second grade class. Back by high demand is:

Friday, May 8, 2020

At Home Resources Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of remote learning!

Your video/audio resources for week 8 are here! With one more week left of the school year we begin our "Patriotic Palooza!" To kick of the celebration, here is one of my favorites with the hand motions we created a couple of years ago!

This Land is Your Land


"Down by the Bay" with more lyrics: 
(see week 7 post for original lyrics)

High and Lows:

Camille Saint-Saëns "Carnival of the Animals"



Wild Donkeys


1st grade:

Zulu Warrior:

Singing "Sol" and "Mi":

The entire Orchestra plays a song for Tormond, the Troll:

The Conductor-
Listen for "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeaus Mozart

2nd Grade

Did you find where the bar lines go?

A little fun! Maurice Ravel's "Bolero". 
It is long, and I love the end of this piece! 
+Watch for the Conductor's movements (big and small) from the beginning to the end.
+Listen for the dynamics from beginning to the end. How do they change?
piano, mezzopiano, mezzoforte, forte
+Can you name all the instruments in this song?

Friday, May 1, 2020

At Home Resources Week 7

Welcome to Week 7 of remote learning!

Your video/audio resources for week 7 are here!  My family loves to play games... board games, card games, dice games... We are even having virtual family game nights! One of my favorite games to play is "Spot it!"We have been playing it so much, my niece borrowed the cards this week, so I do not have a picture! My family will play Spot it! with the kiddos or just adults. What games are you playing at home?


"Down by the Bay" Song:

Chicka-Chicka-Boom-Boom book Read-a-loud

Hear my "chicka" and "boom" rhythm: 


High and Lows:

1st grade:

Singing "Sol" and "Mi":

Meet the Orchestra- Woodwinds by the National Orchestra of Whales:

The Woodwind family plays a song for Tormond, the Troll:

2nd Grade


Student Rhythm of Week 6:
Claire's rhythm was chosen for this week! 

We have a second student rhythm by for those students who want a challenge! It was composed by Marcus!! Yay! Practice it by yourself and then clap it with me! The rhythm with beat dots are below the video if you want some help. 

Mystery Rhythm, Week 7:

A little history of J.S. Bach- 
Which composer do we know (other than Bach) was mentioned in this video? How is he connected to J.S. Bach?

-Music by J.S. Bach- 

For the Cello - "Cello Suite No. 5 in c minor" performed by Yo-Yo Ma

For orchestra and voices - "Jauchzet, frohlocket" from J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio.
I had the privilege to sing this piece in college. It is dear to my heart. Challenge: Count how many times you hear the singers sing the words  "Jauchzet, frohlocket"! (It is the first phrase you hear the singers sing)

For the Organ - "Toccata & Fugue in d minor"

You know this one well!

Friday, April 24, 2020

At Home Resources Week 6

Welcome to Week 6 of remote learning!

Your video/audio resources for week 6 are here!  This week my nephew, niece and I went on a nature walk looking for all types of cactus... and a lizard. What types of plants and animals have you spotted recently?


"Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev

1st grade:

"There's A Hole in the Bucket"

Mystery Rhythm:

The Percussion Family plays for Tormond, the Troll:

Make a Percussion instrument at home:

2nd Grade


Student Rhythm of Week 5:
Peyton Johnson was the 1st student to email me her whole rest and whole note rhythm from last week!! Can you clap it?

Mystery Rhythm, Week 6:

Felix Mendelssohn's "Songs Without Words" No. 1:
Can you create a dance to this song? Is is going to be a legato dance or a staccato dance?

Friday, April 17, 2020

At Home Resources Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of remote learning!

Your video/audio resources for week 5 can be found below!  A few weeks ago, I went to a friend's garden to pick vegetables. As a true city human, I had never picked beets from the ground. Shocking! I know. Well, here is a video of that new process for me. What did I do with the beets, you may ask? I made a beet kvass! It has been sitting patiently and now it is ready to drink. The fuchsia liquid is intense enough to dye eggs! What is something new you have tried doing?


Singing Highs & Lows:

Which picture do you want next week?


Yankee Doodle:

"In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg

1st grade:

Steps to draw a TREBLE Clef:

Drawing a TREBLE Clef in one motion:

The Brass Family plays a song for Tormond, the Troll:
Is it "In the Hall of the Mountain King"?

"Alice in Wonderland" by Bill Evans Trio

2nd Grade

"Four By Foster!" 
 Click the link to sing along with  Four By Foster!

Rhythm of Week 5:

Rhythm of Week 4:

A look at Brass Instruments from The House of Sound:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Horn Concerto No. 4"

Thursday, April 9, 2020

At Home Resources Week 4

Welcome to Week 4 of remote learning!

Congratulations on finishing week 3 of "Arete At Home". Here we have all your video/audio resources for week 4! This week I tried a new home made creation.  I learned how to make mayonnaise in a mason jar! Here are the before and after pictures. What are you eating at home?

Rocket Ship Highs and Lows!

"Tortoises" by Camille Saint-Saëns

1st grade:

"Suo-gân" (Through the window):

Brass Family Sounds:

"Pennies from Heaven" performed by Frank Sinatra

2nd Grade

"Al Tambor"
 Click the link to sing along with  Al Tambor from JWPepper

I stumbled upon this extraordinary percussion demonstration with David Corkhill. Mr. Corkhill is a percussionist for the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. Here he introduces the following percussion instruments of the orchestra:

Vibraphone- 00:07
Xylophone- 02:29
Marimba- 03:31
Glockenspiel- 04:53
Bass Drum- 05:54
Tam-Tam- 07:19
Snare Drum- 08:57
Cymbals- 10:49
Triangle- 13:14
Crotales- 14:17
Tambourine- 15:16

Alouette, Gentille Alouette
The words are a little different than the version we sing. You may choose with which version you want to follow along.

Friday, April 3, 2020

At Home Resources Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of remote learning!

Here you can find resource videos to our music lessons! I also wanted to share with you a fun project I've been doing. This week, I learned how to make Sauerkraut. Hopefully in a couple of weeks my cabbage will be fermented and ready to eat! Here are some pictures of the preparation! What is something you are learning that is new for you? Email me a story/picture/video!


"Yankee Doodle"

Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker

1st Grade
"Take Me Out To the Ball Game"

John Philip Sousa's "The Liberty Bell"

2nd Grade
A guide to the whole note:

Singing "Battle Hymn of the Republic" with rhythm and beat.


Jocelyn Weddle K-2 Music
Archway Classical Academy Arete | 4525 E. Baseline Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234