Welcome to Music with Mrs. Stringer-Grimsley at Dawson Elementary School!

This site is a collection of resources, information, games, and creative activities for parents, families, and students to feel connected to the Music classroom, K-5.


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**Click HERE for a Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families including the LEGO Challenge: March-May 2020!*

What's happening this week in music?

Below are weekly grade-level lessons & activities. Each week, options will be updated for students. All activities will be linked in tabs above. In addition, check out the "Remote Learning Resources" and "Let's Dance, Let's Move" tabs above for supplemental opportunities to explore music from home.

WEEK OF: May 25-29, 2020

KINDERGARTEN

  • In honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th), let's color this Patriotic Flag Music Activity Sheet together! Check out these new music symbols, use your crayons (if you have them), and reveal a patriotic picture! Why does the flag represent Memorial Day? CLICK HERE to download the coloring sheet.
  • Let's SING! To celebrate our country and the brave men and women who served in the military- let's sing the "Memorial Day Flag Song: Thank you!" While you sing, how can you move your body to the steady beat? Marching? Saluting? Clapping?
  • I would like to share a new online resource that is FULL of new music content, games, ideas, and songs! You will need a grown up to support you the first time you login! Check out MusicPlayOnline.com. **Parents, this is a free resource to all students during COVID-19 school closure.**
    • At my house, as we spend lots of time outside, we are seeing many bumble bees buzzing around! I challenge you this week, using MusicPlayOnline.com, to listen to "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Can you move your finger to the music? How would a bumblebee move through the air? Watch the animation in the song- see how fast the bee buzzes and around. Do you think the instruments are moving quickly to play these notes? What would the musicians look like that are playing this quickly?

GRADE 1

  • In honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th), let's listen, watch, and learn WHY we celebrate on Memorial Day and HOW we can celebrate from home. CLICK HERE to learn more! Does your family participate in any of these traditions? What instruments do you hear playing in this short story that make you think about patriotic music?
  • A patriotic song can be a song about your flag or your country. I have created an Animated Patriotic Vocal Explorations activity for you to use your voice and follow the path of the stars by singing on any syllable: ah, oh, ooh, eee, ow. You could also use your finger to guide your voice high and low. Can you also speed up your sound? Can you draw your own path- what does it look like? CLICK HERE for your activity.
  • Let's color! Check out these new music symbols, use your crayons (if you have them), and reveal a patriotic picture! Why does the flag represent Memorial Day? CLICK HERE to download the coloring sheet.
  • I would like to share a new online resource that is FULL of new music content, games, ideas, and songs! You will need a grown up to support you the first time you login! Check out MusicPlayOnline.com. **Parents, this is a free resource to all students during COVID-19 school closure.**
    • I challenge you this week to learn this fun song and dance called "Peace in My Heart". Listen and sing the song first, then see if you can add the motions to get your body moving! What additional movements could we add? Can you create a new verse and sing it to your family?
AnimatedPatrioticVocalExploration

GRADE 2

  • In honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th), let's listen to this story "Memorial Day Surprise" by Teresa Martin Golding. Have you ever attended a parade? Was there music playing? What instruments would you see in a parade?
  • Let's listen, watch, and learn WHY we celebrate on Memorial Day and HOW we can celebrate from home. CLICK HERE to learn more! Does your family participate in any of these traditions? What instruments do you hear playing in this short story that make you think about patriotic music?
  • Unfortunately, we will not be attending any parades this year as we social distance at home. BUT, check out this video from 2013 of the 1st Marine Division Band playing in Disneyland in California. LISTEN and WATCH HERE! What do you notice about how each member of the band is moving? Can you name 5 of the instruments you see in the band? What songs are they playing- do you know them?!
  • I would like to share a new online resource that is FULL of new music content, games, ideas, and songs! You will need a grown up to support you the first time you login! Check out MusicPlayOnline.com this week and explore the Grade 2 tab. **Parents, this is a free resource to all students during COVID-19 school closure.**

GRADE 3

  • Recorders- keep practicing! **See the "Recorders- Grade 3" tab above for all Recorder resources and homework links.**
  • In honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th), let's listen to the story "Rolling Thunder" by Kate Messner. While we often think of parades on this holiday, this is a different kind of tribute. Enjoy.
  • Check out this Google Doodle that teaches us about the instrument the mbira from Zimbabwe! How do you play this instrument? What language are you listening to in this song? What other songs have we learned in music that use this language?
  • I challenge you this week using MusicPlayOnline.com to explore the song "Rocky Mountain". This song represents traveling through the countryside, remembering those we love, and celebrating adventures we have had. I always sing this song with 3rd graders around Memorial Day to celebrate the great year we have had together. I am proud of you all! **Parents: Access to this website is free for all students during COVID-19 school closure.**

GRADE 4

  • In honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th), this week I challenge you to listen to this instrumental recording of "The Caissons Go Rolling Along (US Army Anthem)". What instruments can you hear? Make a list of all of the instruments- my list was 9. Let's compare! **HINT: use the Marching Band image below to help you!**
  • The Army is not the only branch of the military with an anthem! Check out this awesome video- made during the last few weeks, that includes the National Symphony Orchestra and Choral singers of Washington, DC who came together to perform a medley (more than one song) of all the Military anthems. It is cool to see them all playing and singing at home! LISTEN AND WATCH HERE!
  • Check out this Google Doodle that teaches us about the instrument the mbira from Zimbabwe. How do you play this instrument? What language are you listening to in this song? What other songs have we learned in music that use this language?
  • I would like to share a new online resource that is FULL of new music content, games, ideas, and songs! You will need a grown up to support you the first time you login! Check out MusicPlayOnline.com this week and explore the Grade 4 tab. **Parents, this is a free resource to all students during COVID-19 school closure.**

GRADE 5

  • In honor of Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th), let's listen to our National March, "Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band. Did you know our country had a National March? We have studied the history of the National Anthem, but this song is a bit different. Listen to the conductor, a Marine himself, share the history of this composer and what made this song special to our country.
      • Want to learn more about this American composer? Click the image below for a puzzle to test your knowledge!
  • Check out this awesome video- made during the last few weeks, that includes the National Symphony Orchestra and Choral singers of Washington, DC who came together to perform a medley (more than one song) of all the Military anthems. It is cool to see them all playing and singing at home! LISTEN AND WATCH HERE!
  • Check out this Google Doodle that teaches us about the instrument the mbira from Zimbabwe! How do you play this instrument? What language are you listening to in this song? What other songs have we learned in music that use this language?

I will leave the two items below for the remaining weeks of remote instruction. Enjoy them at your own pace.

  • Are you listening to music at home? What are some of your favorite artists? Here is a Musical May 2020 Listening Challenge created to explore diverse genres for the entire month of May. If you are looking to explore some music each day/week, these are opportunities to listen and watch! Share your favorites with me! What should we add for June?
  • In the coming weeks, Mountview Middle School will be sharing with us some information regarding Grade 6 music schedule options. I know that we did not get the opportunity to see the Grade 6/7/8 ensembles perform at Dawson, however I encourage you to keep thinking about your musical interests and what opportunities there are for you in middle school! HERE is a video of the US Army Field Band demonstrating the diverse instruments in a band. What do you think? Is there an instrument you would like to learn to play? I am here to answer any questions you, or your family, may have regarding 6th grade music.