Fourth Graders in music class are playing recorder, currently using B, A, G, E, soon to learn D. Songs on the recorder include "It's In the B-A-G", "Hot Cross Buns", "French Song", "Little Train". Students are listening to music of the four main orchestral families (strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion). Students are moving to music every session, and we try to play the barred instruments as much as possible, to accompany our singing or our recorder playing.
Mrs. Oie just "won" a $1,000 grant to buy ukuleles! They should arrive in January, and the fourth graders will be the first group to learn to play them.
Fifth Graders in music class are playing recorder, currently using B, A, G, E, D, C', and will be learning "This Little Light of Mine" in January. Using the barred instruments to accompany, and using them to be the featured instruments in compositions, students are listening to each other to play in "ensemble"; listening is a very important part of ensemble playing. Fifth graders like to move, so we are dancing every session. We have been listening to music played by the four families of the orchestra as well as instruments from other cultures (Native American Flute, Celtic Harp, African Marimba). Fifth graders were featured at the Veterans Assembly, will be featured at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly, and their music concert is scheduled for Monday, February 12th, at 7:15 PM.