The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children!
April vacation is just a few days away, and it's nice to look forward to warmer weather!
Kindergarten students continue to experience all the wonderful aspects of music...lots of singing and moving, playing instruments and rhythms and discovering more and more each day.
First grade students have been doing a fine job learning to notate Sol and Mi on a two-line staff, as well as building their repertoire of songs.
Second grade students are in the middle of a rhythmic composing unit. They've spent the past few weeks writing their own rhythms and learning to read them while keeping a steady beat - a harder challenge than they imagined! Next they'll learn how to notate text before moving on to playing a rhythmic duet with a classmate.
Wow - the third graders performed admirably at the annual Japanese festival! Singing the traditional "Kimigayo" and "Sakura" as well as the beautiful folk song "Okuyama," the students demonstrated their choral skills. Each individual class also sang a traditional Japanese folk song which was accompanied with glockenspiels and xylophones (and even a rainstick!). Now, they're being introduced to melodic notation, and will be applying these skills as set poetry to music.
Both fourth and fifth graders have been participating in a new program called "Linked Up." A comprehensive curriculum, sponsored by Carnegie Hall's outreach department, Linked Up provides study in beginning recorder, listening to an orchestra as well as singing with an orchestra. This 4-month course will end on Monday, May 1 when all students take a field trip to Plymouth State University to join over 600 other students from all across New Hampshire in singing, playing and listening to Symphony New Hampshire. The kids have done a fabulous job working and preparing!
We're trying something new with our choral concert this spring! The performance for parents and family will be on Friday, June 16th at 6:00 PM (in the EVENING!). We look forward to having you hear the choral accomplishments of the Ray School musicians!