Grades 1 and 2

June 5, 2013
The spring concert was a great success! The kids never cease to amaze me. I was especially impressed with their "Frere Jacques" harmony singing! For the last few weeks of school, we are doing a bit of this and a bit of that. We learned some sea chanties and acted out the part of sailors hauling on ropes. We are singing some classic folk songs such as "Oh! Susanna" and "I've Been Working on the Railway." We learned about the four instrument families and listened to samples of instrumental sounds to determine which family they belonged in (critical listening is an important music skill.) And we're singing some of our favorite concert songs that other classes did.

May 1, 2013
We are working hard on our songs for the Spring Concert on May 15. We'll be performing Frere Jacques, When the Red Red Robin (Comes Bob-bob-bobbin' Along), a movement piece to Haydn's "Surprise" Symphony, and probably John Kanaka. The group is doing a great job singing and dancing!

Apr. 3, 2013
We have been working with beat and rhythm, understanding the difference between them and being able to switch from one to the other. To do this, we've learned body percussion patterns and dances to go with some of our songs, including Bow Wow Wow, Yankee Doodle, Ritsch Ratsch, and Irish Stew. We're also working on echoing and decoding rhythm patterns, which is a precursor to eventually reading music notation. Most recently, we've started singing in harmony, doing rounds and ostinatos. The students have done a great job with Frere Jacques in both French and English!