The new school year is off to another great start in the music classes!
Grades K-4 have been exploring the awesome new curriculum called "Quaver's Marvelous World." It is a fun, fast-paced web-based program that uses today's technology to teach classic music concepts like meter, beat, rhythm, melody, harmony, voice parts, instrument families, and music history.
Kindergarten has been focusing on music and sounds that have a beat, and others that have no beat. We've also learned different ways to keep a steady beat, like clapping your hands, stomping your feet, blinking your eyes, patting your head, and countless more! Ask your student to find a way to keep the beat to the music on your radio the next time you are in the car. Now, we are working on our whispering, talking, singing, and shouting voices. Ask them to demonstrate!
First grade has been working on steady beat, too, but also how strong and weak beats effect the meter of the music. We are currently working conducting, marching/walking, and singing in the meters of 2 and 4. Ask them to show you how they march in a meter of 2 or walk in a meter of 4!
The second graders are experts at meter, and can easily distinguish the difference between meters of 2, 3, or 4! They have learned how to march, waltz, walk, and samba to the beat, depending on which meter they are in. Ask them to tell you everything they know about Strauss and "The Blue Danube."
Third grade has spent the beginning of the year learning about meter and rhythm. We have built ostinatos, improvised on instruments and with our bodies. Soon we will be learning about different voice types.
The fourth graders in Mrs. Lunt's, Mrs. Rutherford's, Mrs. Hayes' and Mr. McFall's classes have been busy since day 1 working on our upcoming program. It will be a salute to the veteran's in our families and community and will showcase patriotic songs old, and new! The program will be on Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 in the CES Multi-purpose room. Look for a note with more details coming soon!
The band students have been just as busy as the general music students. On August 31, we had the wonderful experience of hearing and seeing the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra in concert. They performed a concert full of music that was based of folk stories and legends. It was very fun, exciting, and a great learning experience. I'm sure the parents have heard all about it!
The beginning band students have learned how to correctly assemble and clean their instruments. We are starting with books this week. If your band student still does not have a book, contact Mrs. Mitchell for more information. All students will need their own band book to participate in class!
We are busy, busy, busy and don't plan on slowing down any time soon! Check back for more updates!