5th Grade

Week of 11/5

posted Nov 7, 2018, 10:38 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:
  • Reviewing exercises in the book from last week -- #61 and #66.
  • Reviewing finger extensions and A major (for Hi Hoe Down).
  • Starting the 5th grade section of Jingle Bells.
The assignment for next week is:
  • All concert music, whole way through!
  • HI HOE DOWN SOLO "AUDITIONS" ARE NEXT WEEK DURING ORCHESTRA.
Thanks!
Ms. Tandon

Week of 10/29

posted Oct 31, 2018, 11:17 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders! 

Here's what we're doing this week:
- SPIFFY'S RETURN!!!!
- Reviewing syncopated rhythms in the book and all concert music


The assignment for next week is:
#61 and 66 in the book
ALL concert music!


Week of 10/22

posted Oct 25, 2018, 9:48 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:

  • Reviewing pages 12 & 13 in the book (extended finger positions).
  • Working on the solos in Hi Hoe Down!
  • In orchestra, working on all of our pieces -- especially Moonlight Tango & Auld Lange Syne.

The assignment for next week is:
  • page 19 in the book
  • All orchestra music!  To the end of all of them.

See you soon!
Ms. Tandon

Week of 10/16

posted Oct 17, 2018, 6:23 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Oct 19, 2018, 7:01 AM ]

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:

  • Reviewing our pages from last week in the book
  • Learning how to tune our instruments!!
  • Playing through Rondeau in the book
  • Playing through ALL of Moonlight Tango!
  • GETTING A NEW PIECE!
Here is a beautiful rendition of Auld Lange Syne with the Scottish lyrics and their translation:

Here is a beautiful version featuring just violin and bagpipes:

Here is a version with the Muppets singing it!


Have fun learning the melody, and then work on the orchestra version!

All my best,
Ms. Tandon


Week of 10/8

posted Oct 10, 2018, 8:39 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hi 5th graders!

You are becoming masters of the dotted quarter note rhythm!

Here's what we're working on this week:

  • Reviewing dotted rhythms and the exercises on page 11
  • Orchestra music: focusing on measures 30-48 in Moonlight Tango; as much as we can in Hi Hoe Down!
The assignment for next week is:

  • Book: pages 12-13 (extended hand position)
  • Orchestra music: as much as you can!  New piece coming next week!

Here is a video of the opening of the show "Masterpiece Theater," which was popular in the 1970's-1980's and is still on tv today!  Recognize the theme?

Here is the Sesame Street version of that, Monsterpiece Theater :)



Week of 10/1

posted Oct 1, 2018, 9:34 AM by Whitney Tandon   [ updated Oct 3, 2018, 9:21 AM ]

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing this week:
  • In the book: reviewing dotted rhythms/exercises on pages 9-10
  • Learning how to HOOK dotted rhythms (two in the same direction).
  • Decoding familiar tunes written with dotted rhythms!
  • Reviewing how to play G# and C# with extended fingers
The assignment for next week is:
  • Book: page 11
  • Orchestra music -- as much as you can of Moonlight Tango and Hi Hoe Down!  

Week of 9/24

posted Sep 24, 2018, 9:56 AM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Great to hear you this week!  And you are really getting our new rhythm.

Here's what we're doing this week:
  • Reviewing the concept of individual 8th notes, that we worked on last week
  • Adding a new rhythm: dotted quarter note.  


Since the dot after a note adds on half the length of the note, the dotted quarter is equal to ONE AND A HALF beats.

The individual eighth note makes up the other half beat, so that this rhythm all together equals two beats.

Count it as "1, 2 and"  or  "Du - u De"  or  "quarter dot, eighth".




  • Practicing many of the exercises on page 9
  • In orchestra, working on the A major scale which has a new note -- G#.

The assignment for next week is:

  • In the book: # 41 & 43.
  • Start Moonlight Tango (up to measure 22).
  • Anything you can do in Hi Hoe Down.


See you soon!
Ms. Tandon

Week of 9/17

posted Sep 18, 2018, 5:57 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Here's what we're doing in classes this week:
  • Starting a new rhythm in our new book!  On page 9, we'll work on individual 8th notes both ON and OFF the beat.




Individual eighth note = 1/2 beat.  (We have always seen them in pairs: du-de.  Now we are looking at them either preceding or followed by an eighth rest.

Individual eighth notes sound just like staccato quarter notes.











This is an 8th rest.  It is equal to 1/2 a beat of silence.  When this comes before an 8th note, we are resting on the "du" and then playing the "de"!






  • Reading through #31-33 in the book.
  • Starting Hi Hoedown! for orchestra.

The assignment for next week is:
  • #34-36 in the book (p. 9)
  • Start Hi Hoedown!  As much as you can.

See you soon!



Welcome to 5th Grade!

posted Sep 16, 2018, 8:28 PM by Whitney Tandon

Hello 5th graders!

Welcome to another fabulous year!  Click the titles below to hear two of our winter concert pieces:


Hi Hoe Down! (Can't find a professional recording; see this video!)

YouTube Video




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