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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dear Chorus Students and Parents.... Important Audition Information!

We will be placing audition signup sheets next Monday and Tuesday morning on the table outside of Mrs. Clark's music room.  Please don't forget to sign up.  Auditions will be held next Wednesday, November 2nd during after school chorus.  Please click on the tab marked "December in Our Town" for all script and song lyrics. You should have received a list of available opportunities last Wednesday after chorus rehearsal.  Please begin working now.  We are looking for clear speakers, nice volume, confident, vocal and body expression to match the script / lyrics and pitch matching for vocalists.  Consider memorizing materials; however, you may bring in your script or lyrics to your audition.  Also remember there are 100 students involved in chorus and limited parts available; therefore, chances of recieving a part are very difficult.  We will have more opportunities in the spring for special roles.

Here are the available opportunities for signups:
Audition Roles:
1.     Speaking Parts
2.     Dancing Parts
a.     December in Our Town (meets at 7:10 AM with Mrs. Polaski; day to be announced)
b.     La Fiesta (Conga Line)
c.      Light the Candles (meets at 7:10 AM with Mrs. Endicott; day to be announced)
d.     Rockin’ Old St. Nicholas (Sliders)
e.     Kwanzaa Celebration (Scarves) (meets at 7:10 AM with Mrs. Endicott; day to be announced)
3.     Solo
a.     When Christmas Comes to Town (Duet)
b.     Season of Hope
4.     Instrumentalist
a.     Season of Hope (meets 7:10 AM with Mrs. Endicott; day to be announced)
5.     Sign Language
a.     Season of Hope (meet 7:10 AM; day to be announced)
Please e-mail Mrs. Endicott if you have any questions!

October Music!

This month in the music room....

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!

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.