Our concert was a success! Thank you for coming and supporting your kiddos at our Winter Concert! We worked hard to bring together a well-rounded concert. The beginning of November in music classes was packed with concert prep. We finished memorizing and perfecting our repertoire. We learned how to properly walk on stage and how to stand while performing. We rehearsed with our accompanist Mr. Kolden, which gave us more experience in how to sing as a team with an instrument and other classes all while following a conductor. We also focused our thoughts on (and practiced) how a respectful audience member would act. All of these cumulated to create our Winter Concert performance.
For the music class directly following the event, we reflect on what the concert was like, what we loved and how we excelled at singing as a group. In second grade I asked the students to pick one aspect of the concert they did well. I was proud to hear specific musical elements we had worked on during rehearsals as well as concert etiquette!
After the concert, we shift our focus in music class from our concert performance to a deeper inquiry into music theory and music history.
Kindergarteners now recognize a quarter note and two eighth notes are long and short sounds, respectfully and have listened to Camille Sant Sean’s “Aquarium” and “The Cuckoo in the Depth of the Woods” from his Carnival of the Animals suite.
1st graders have added a new rhythmic element to their vocabulary- the quarter rest. This sign reminds us to create silence for one beat. Creating silence is crucial for creating any music and it is a delicate art form- creating silence- in a 1st grade classroom. J Our kiddos do it well!
2nd graders continue to delve into their theory books as we write notes on the treble clef staff and assign beat numbers to rhythms. Most recently, 2nd graders added a new (and important) note to their sight singing: Do (pronounced as dough). Do is the home tone to which all tonal music is based. This is exciting!!
I look forward to exploring these new elements of music with our scholars throughout December! (But that is for another post!)
Miss. Jocelyn Weddle