Friday, February 20, 2009

Fifth Grade Week 4 -- learning about melody

First Graders weren't the only ones dancing this week.  Fifth Graders, who returned to music after a two week absence, began their class with a rhythm counting/movement exercise set to Hungarian Dance #5 by Brahms.

Afterwards we began to discuss different qualities of melody -- how it follows the rhythm, how it ascends and descends, and how it resolves.  We also began a composition project on the Orff instruments that should take up next weeks class as well.

Homework -- complete the worksheet using the audio samples posted above.  And don't forget to come to class next Tuesday with some rules we can turn into interesting melody patterns.

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