Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
This week I said good bye to the wonderful fourth grade classes I had this year. We spent the final session arranging parts of some of the songs they wrote this year for the Orff Instrumentarium. The clip you see here is from "Christmas and Hanukkah are Here" by Ella and Christian and arranged by Ms. Yoon's class. Enjoy!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here's a small sample to put everybody in the holiday mood.
This week the 4th grade classes turned in their songs and we began arranging some of them on the Orff instruments (as Ms. Polacheck's class is doing here). With so many wonderful collaborations, it will not be possible to play all of them in class, but we'll try to find a way to do at least a few. I'll also be posting some audio clips as they become available on this blog, so keep checking back!
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Last week there was no music for 4th grade, leaving you a little extra time to work on your songs. Does everybody remember the formula?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Anyway I made this recording of "Ah Ree Rhan" as a three part canon. Check it out.
This is an attitude students should try to bring to all their studies, not just music.
I'm posting some audio of the second line of "Ah Ree Rhan." You all have the music so try to practice this for next week -- and have a great Thanksgiving!
This week Orff Ensemble met on Tuesday because of the holiday. We had an excellent rehearsal and began work on the Keetman Canon, which will be our final piece for the holiday show.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
This week third grade learned the third and most difficult line of our "Ode to Joy" arrangement. We also had our first performance test, which most of the students did well on. This seemed like a good time to talk about performance anxiety and how it makes playing in front of people different from practice. Fortunately, Jazz Cat, a veteran club performer, was on hand to dispense advice.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Both ensembles had a terrific third week of rehearsal. The recorder ensemble (pictured here at long last) continued work on the "Bransle" and "Pentatonic Moon" and took a run at "Ode to Joy," which the 3rd graders have just begun to learn in general music class.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
This week the fourth graders learned about meter in the Irish market place song "Molly Malone." They had a lot fun passing boxes on the beats of two and singing or clapping on beats of three. If a student happened to be holding the box when the lyric "cockles and mussels, alive alive-o!" came up, he or she had to make up their own market place cry. Curiously, many of these had to do with "bananas." Afterwards, we transferred the ideas about meter to the Orff instruments for a cool improvisation.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Today we distributed recorders to Ms. Caruso, Ms Byham and Ms. Limb's class. Mr. Han and Ms. Tyler's students get theirs on Friday. The kids seem pretty enthusiastic. These excellent Yamahas are definitely an upgrade from the two whole flutes we worked with last week.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Third Grade music classes began this week.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
General music classes start tomorrow!