Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Third Grade Week 1 -- Introduction to Aerophones

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!

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