A little bit about the music classroom:
In music class students will sing, move, listen, imitate, explore, experience, analyze, classify, create, share, perform, notate, read, improvise, cooperate, and most importantly HAVE FUN!!!! We strive to create innovative, engaging lesson plans which include singing, playing instruments, and moving in each of our lessons. Music is important here at Dolvin Elementary. Studies show that students who receive music perform better on tests involving reading, math, problem solving, and logical thinking.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Tomorrow night's chorus performance will begin at 6:30 PM. We will have students meet in the commons at 6:00 PM to find their places, warm-up, and touch up on a few trouble spots. Attire is chorus uniforms, which is our blue chorus polo shirts, dark bottoms, dark shoes, and festive accessories! Chorus polo shirts were distributed this afternoon. Please let me know if you did not receive a shirt. Students borrowing shirts will need to wash their shirts in cold water and return them to the music department by Friday, December 16th in a bag with your child's name located on the outside of the bag.
We will hold a morning performance for students at 8:00 AM. It is not required that your child wear their chorus uniform during the morning performance; however, holiday accessories are encouraged.
Please remember we are collecting CANNED GOODS at tomorrow night's performance!!! The cans will be incorporated into our show, so let's impress our students!
We WILL hold after school chorus this Wednesday, December 14th. We will NOT hold after school chorus Wednesday, December 21st. Letters concerning spring chorus will be sent home when we return in January.
And lastly, I would like to thank all of our students who attended yesterdays Gladiator's Game. The kids had a great time and sang beautifully! We had such a wonderful time, that we will discuss another singing opportunity for the Gladiators in March!
Please e-mail the Music Department if you have any questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
2nd Grade Performance…
December in Our Town Dancers / Sign Language
Light the Candles (dancers)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
Season of Hope – Instrumentalists / Season of Hope Solo
Kwanzaa Scarf Dancers / Christmas Comes to Town Duet
Season – Sign Language / December in Our Town Dancers / ALL SPEAKERS / Christmas Comes to Town Vocal Ensemble
NEW: Light the Candles Dancers
Season – instrumentalists
Dec. 5 -9
Light the Candles (dancers) / Season of Hope Solo
Rockin’ St. Nic (sliders) / ALL SPEAKERS / Christmas to Town Duet
Kwanzaa scarves / December in Our Town Dancers / Christmas Comes to Town Vocal Ensemble
Season – Instrumentalists
Season – Instruments / Sign Language
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Our chorus performance has been changed from Dec. 12th to Dec. 13th. Please mark this change on your calendars!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here are the available opportunities for signups:
All students have learned about our new vocabulary word TIMBRE. Timbre is the special sound an instrument or voice makes. With an exciting song from the Plank Road Music K-8 series, "Did You Hear That Sound", students have been playing instruments from crash cymbals to boomwhackers to demonstrate matching action words to instrument timbres.
Grade Level Concepts This Month
Kindergarten and first grade classes have been continuing their study of steady beat verses rhythm. We have also begun to work on distinguishing between high and low pitches in music with exciting songs about pumpkins.
Second grade students are continuing their work on their musical "Spaced Out"; learning about space through music. We did have time for a quick break and discussion on famous composer Edvard Grieg and how he composed music to add atmosphere to a story. Ask your children to tell you about the story of "In the Hall of the Mountain King!"
Third grade students have been working on a very complex concept of playing multiple contrasting parts during a piece of music. Test your child's knowledge on ostinatos and partner songs! They will surprise you with their brillance!
Fourth grade students have been working the use of dynamics (volume changes) to make music more interesting. This topic peaked their interest and transformed our discussion to other musical changes to add interest and excitement to music. See how many your child can list: dynamics, \register, tonality (major / minor), timbre)
Fifth grade students have been discussing beat division in music through the use of time signatures with an unlikely instrument source... balloons!!!! They are excited to FINALLY learn what the bottom number means in a time signature. Ask your child to teach you about time signatures. Soon, they will even be able to tell you the time signature of a song on the radio through listening!
SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE MUSIC ROOM:
We have been working on incorporating instrument timbres, movement, song, and acting into well known children literature. Be on the look out for videos of students finding creative ways to enhance literature through music and movement!
Kindergarten: Eric Carle's The Very Busy Spider
First Grade: Arold Lobel's Frog and Toad All Year "The Surprise"
Second Grade: Linda Williams's The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything
Third Grade: Tony Johnston's The Vanishing Pumpkin
Fourth Grade / Fifth Grade: Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are
Check out Ms. Hemmann's kindergarteners playing, singing, and moving to "Autumn Leaves" (anonymous) from our McGraw Hill, Share the Music - Kindergarten Series.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Kindergarten and first graders have been learning songs about fall and creating their own movements to depict the story the music tells using scarves. They have also added instrumental accompaniment on barred instruments.
Second graders have been auditioning in class for Spaced Out as well as playing with partner songs! Ask them about it; they think it is exciting!
Third graders have been continuing their study on melodic direction through movement, song, and instruments. Be on the look out for video postings soon of your children making music!
Fouth and fifth grade students have begun their recorder study. In preparation students have been playing with Music Ace, a computer game on the ActivBoard to review the note names on lines and spaces. So far Mr. Weigand's 4th grade class is leading with 2,030 points (all notes) and Mrs. Rivera's class with 2,150 (FACE). Parents, please make sure your child remembers to bring their recorders to class! This is part of the music participation grade. Please refer to the recorder letter on the right column of this blog for specifics. And as always, feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
We are now working on our musical Spaced Out. Students will be learning the lyrics to their songs and participating in auditions. Please click on the Spaced Out tab above to find lyrics and script to our show!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
What are we doing in class?
- K and 1 have been playing beat and rhythm on drums and tambourines
- 2nd graders have already begun work on their musical, "Spaced Out". Parents, be on the look out for information about the musical coming your way soon!
- 3rd graders have been improvising rhythms on instruments.
- 4th and 5th grade students have been playing chords on boomwhackers and tranferring them to barred instruments.
Also, a BIG thank you to Dolvin principle, Laura Zoll, for our brand new instruments! The kids have already begun having fun with these new items!
Please click on the page links above for a detailed description of paperwork/events. Here are quick links to parent letters if you are in need of an extra copy.
Chorus Sign-up Sheet: 4th - 5th
Chorus Polo Shirt Information: 4th - 5th
Music Matters Information Sheet: 3rd - 5th
Dolvin Instrument Rental Form: 3rd - 5th
Recorder Letter: 4th - 5th
Music Store List
Please e-mail Megan Endicott if you have any questions!
We are looking forward to a wonderful year!