Sunday, November 4, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Recorder ensemble members -- here's one additional video that should help you with our new song. You will really need to know the melody well to perform it as a Canon so practice, practice, practice! Don't forget -- our show in on November 2nd.
Hi musicians -- I am jumping ahead to lesson 9 here because it focuses partly on the
F#, a note we will be using a lot in row next few weeks. As for the Bb, ensemble members will be using that too eventually so give it a try -- it's all good!
Hi 3rd Graders and Recorder Ensemble -- I have been remiss (as one of you pointed out in rehearsal) in updating my three minute recorder videos, so let's get caught up. Lesson 5 focuses on the high C and D. Most of you are doing this pretty well, but take a look anyway. Remember -- your sound can always get sweeter.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The remaining weeks in 5th grade music will be spent on our compositions -- each student will get a chance to apply what they have learned about melody, harmony and rhythm in creating a four part 8 measure piece, which we will hopefully get to play in class.
The first goal, and this weeks homework assignment, is to create 4 measures of melody. To that end I am posting a link to a cool online keyboard you can use. Remember we are not using F and B's or any of the black keys. Remember also the three elements successful melodies include:
They have contour.
They have repeating rhythm pattern.
They resolve to the home note (more on this next week).
To use the keyboard click on the link below (Note -- the keyboard can be played with your mouse or by using the middle row of keys from A to ":
Cool interactive keyboard!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Today in 5th grade music we continued our discussion about how melodies are constructed. We talked about three characteristics of conventional melody -- that they are made up of repeating rhythm and pitch patterns, that they have contour (rising and falling), and that they resolve to the home note. Each class had an opportunity to create a melody -- something they will be doing individually in a couple of weeks. They were also given a worksheet in which they are asked to guess the missing measure of music from 8 well known songs. The goal is not that they be able to figure out what the songs are (although I am curious to see if they are able to do that) but to deduce which measure goes with what songs based on the conventions of melodic construction.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Hi Third Graders -- as I mentioned in class, I will be using my blog to provide instructional videos you can use at home to improve your recorder playing. Lessons 1 and 2 focus on the basics of how to hold the recorder and cover the first three notes I'd like you to learn -- B, A and G. As the name indicates, all the videos are about three minutes long, so I hope you'll find a few minutes between now and next week to give it a try!
Monday, September 3, 2012
For next week each class will, working in small groups, develop several spoken words and percussion pieces, that will be organized in a "rondo" around the central musical idea pictured above. Should be interesting. Video is a possibility.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
On Friday we had our first meeting of third grade music. The focus in third grade is on melody and note reading, and to help facilitate this each student is give a recorder and instructions on how to play.
Recorders are fun to play but are also an excellent introduction to aerophones in general. Aerophones, as you might have guessed, are instruments that produce sound when blown into and includes brass instruments such as trumpets, reeds like saxophones and clarinets and, of course, flutes. This means the kids will have a foundation should they choose to take up one of these instruments in orchestra next year.
Third graders also have an opportunity to join either the Orff Ensemble, which meets on Tuesdays before school and Recorder Ensemble, which meets on Fridays. A number of third graders have already expressed an interest in joining one or both. Should be a good year!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Hi Fifth Graders -- here is the tutorial we looked at in class. It should help you with the homework that is due next Tuesday. You can make it full screen size by clicking at the center of the arrows icon on the bottom right corner.
You can also post any questions you have here -- to post you will have to become a follower of my blog, so make sure you get your parents permission. I will try to follow up within 24 hours. Note that my answers will also be posted here.
Nice job today -- see you next Tuesday!
Welcome back musicians! The 2012-2013 year in music got off to a great start today with the fifth graders learning "Hey, You, What?" -- a body percussion exercise by Keith Terry.
The goal in fifth grade this year will be for each student to compose an original piece of music in 4 parts. To do this they will need to develop some music notation skills -- see the tutorial posted above -- but also develop their sense of aesthetics. To that end we will be reviewing many different styles of music and discussing what sort of mood they produce. The mood in 5th grade music today -- happy!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
This Japanese folk tune about the moon is something the kids put together literally this week. It's always hard to say good bye to our 5th grade musicians, but our 3rd and 4th graders form a very talented core group going into next year.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Hi Fifth Graders. Here is the first culmination song we will be learning -- some of you may already know this famous Beatles tune. Use this blog to get a head start on memorizing the words. Play the tune by clicking on the play button.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Here's the second half of the main theme. Once again, the music is attached to the part 1 posting. The descending scale with F natural and E and B flat will take a little work, but the rest should give you no trouble. Use the force if you have to. ;)
Friday, April 20, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
One collaboration we're especially pleased with with working with Mr. Bassett and Mr. Pratt on their songs from "The Music Man," which the 4th grade is putting on later this year. This arrangement of the partner songs "Pick a Little, Talk a Little" and "Good Night Ladies" was something we put together the day of the show. Enjoy!
Here's another student-composed piece entitled "Falling Water". IN developing this piece one of the kids suggested that putting the mallets between the openings in the bars and trilling on the sides might make for an interesting "water" sound so we put it in. In Orff anything goes.
The ensembles very successful evening concert on Friday night, but we also had a lot of help. Art in the Park is something we started to do in conjunction with the PTA Reflection's art show and it has become a really nice community collaboration -- this year we had short films, a traditional Korean dance, musical theater presentations from the after school group Art of Third and from Mr. Pratt and and Mr. Bassett and, of course, a showing of the reflections art. It was a wonderful program.
In this video the Recorder Ensembles plays a traditional English tune "Shepherd's Hey" using Alto and Soprano recorders for the first time.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
This week in a somewhat shortened class we began to construct melodies to fit our our existing lyrics and rhythm patterns. To do this we are revisiting the idea of melodic contour -- this idea that melody is like a line that rises and falls. As we saw in class, successful melodies tend to have subtle contour without large jumps and repetition is a good thing.
I can not, unfortunately, allow students to take home a xylophone to work on the melody but here's link to an online xylophone.
You can also use a piano at home, if you have one, or the online piano on the left under links, if you don't. White keys only and don't go any higher that an E.
I am pleased to announce after a nine week absence that Third Street Music is back. A combination of technical difficulties and time constraints have been settled, so I hope to get back to regular posting for the rest of the year.
Here's a couple of pictures of what we've been working on lately: