Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fifth Grade Week 1 -- Hey, You, What?

It was great to be back at Third Street today, and doubly great to be in our own wonderful music room -- Room 32 -- thanks to Mrs. Oh.

Like last year the emphasis in fifth grade is for each student to compose and arrange an original piece of music. Among the elements involved is rhythm. Today the students learned a fun Keith Terry body percussion piece, "Hey, You, What?" which provided a good context to discuss polyrhythm and somes of the ways duration is dealt with in musical notation.

Homework -- complete the 15 notation problems on worksheet 1. And don't forget to come up with a school rule.

Regarding homework -- I'm going to try to be a bit more proactive this year. Please feel free to send me a message through this blog if you have any questions. Also I will try to post links to useful and fun web sites that are related to the topics in class. For example click on note duration

Friday, September 25, 2009

General Music and Ensemble Start Next Week!

Hi everybody! I hope you all had a great summer and are ready to make some music.

General music and ensemble begin next week with Orff ensemble and fifth grade music on Tuesdays and Recorder ensemble and 3rd grade music on Fridays. Ensembles meet at 7:20 in the auditorium and music classes will be held throughout the day in our wonderful new music room -- room 32.

Just like last year you can check this blog for information about the music program. I will try to include evem more video and audio this year as well as some links for fun music sites.

Ensemble member don't forget about getting your permission forms signed. I need one for this year even if you were in ensemble last year.

See you all next week.