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

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