Monday, September 3, 2012

Fifth Grade Week 2 -- The rhythm of our school rules

This week in fifth grade music we continued our discussion of rhythm pattern as they relate to notes and rests,  In order to complete our final composition project, the students will need to develop at least a basic understanding of rhythm, melody and harmony.  I always begin with rhythm because it is the most accessible of the three concepts -- we practice it whenever we speak.  And as the kids learned spoken phrases like the rules at Third Street School can be easily manipulated into something musical.

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.

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