Music News: October 2012

We are off to a great start in music classes this year. 4-5 classes have been studying great composers and have learned much about Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi. In the coming weeks they will be studying Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. 2-3 classes have been reviewing instruments of the orchestra. Last week we created Wanted posters for the different instruments. Look for these to be hung up outside the cafeteria soon. K-1 classes have been learning about the music of John Denver, including his songs, Take Me Home Country Roads, Sunshine on My Shoulders, and Grandma’s Feather Bed. Through these songs we have studied beat, movement, vocal development, writing skills, and listening. Band 1 students have just begun learning their instruments in small groups. Most of them know how to put together their instruments and can play the first three notes. They’ve also learned whole notes, whole rests, treble/bass clef, and time signature. In about two weeks we will begin playing together as a large band. Band 2 students have been reviewing what they learned last year. We will continue to develop those skills throughout the year using our band book and band  music. Choir students have been working on developing good vocal technique. We’ve been working from our sight singing books to develop skills in music reading and  soon will get our first sheet of choir music. We are looking forward to a great year in music!

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