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Wolfie!

We’ve got a new friend in the Music Room!
Meet Wolfie!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music 7th Grade First Steps in Music Middle School Band Middle School Chorus Middle School General Music

Music Update Nov 20

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I think we’re all ready for a little time to rest up during Thanksgiving break. I know I’m looking forward to having time to update the blog, I’ve really been slacking this year!

For now, let me make sure you have these VERY IMPORTANT dates in your calendars!

FOLSOM K-4 MUSIC NIGHT!
When? Wednesday December 2nd, 6pm.
 
Where? The Folsom Gym
 
Who? All Kindergarten through Fourth grade students
 
What should we wear?  Something festive!
 
Why?
    We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! This will be an evening of showing you some of the different activities we do in our music classes. We’ll even get you up and moving around with us! We’re excited to hold an evening with a different feel than a typical “concert,” and instead we’ll simulate a giant music class!

 

FOLSOM MIDDLE SCHOOL WINTER CONCERT!

When? Friday December 11th, 6pm.

Where? The Grand Folsom Concert Hall

(On other occasions it’s known as the Gym)

Who? The Middle School Band, Chorus, Select Band, and small ensembles.

What should we wear?  Something festive! (No jeans, sweatpants, teeshirts)

Why?

We want to share what we’ve been working on this year with you! Performing for an audience is an important part of becoming a musician. However it’s not the most important part. We wish we could share all that we do during our Band and Chorus rehearsals with you, but on this evening you will get to hear just a few pieces that we’ve been crafting so far this year.

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First Steps in Music: Vocal Exploration: Yarn Shapes

As part of John Feierabend’s “First Steps in Music” curriculum, we explore all the different sounds our voices can make. In first and second grade we’ve been using yarn shapes to sing in our head voices. These head-voice muscles have to be developed over time, so the more singing in our head voices we can do, the better! Have your child teach you how to sing a shape using any kind of string at home! Enjoy!

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1/2 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten

Hey Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders!

Look at what Ms. Kauffeld just found:

SINGING TUBES!!!
SINGING TUBES!!!

SO MANY SINGING TUBES!
You might remember this:
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But now we will have 9 singing tubes for SO MUCH MORE FUN!

I’ve found that when children listen to themselves sing in a singing tube they are able to focus and match pitch better, which is our most important goal of K-2 music class. PLUS IT’S SILLY AND FUN. YAY!!!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music First Steps in Music Instrument Lessons Kindergarten Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

What’s New in the Music Room?

Here is a long overdue blog post!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: the Spring Concert for 3rd-8th grade students will be Thursday May 28th at 6pm. There will be an Art Show that opens at 5:30. Hooray!

Folk Dancing in 3/4 grade:
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The first video is from our Second Trimester Celebration of Learning. These students volunteered to play something they’ve been working on for their peers!

The second video is a collection of videos from the past few months. It includes instrumentalists, 1st and 2nd grade solos, finger puppets, and whale calls, Kindergarten presentations of instruments from home, and more!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5/6 General Music First Steps in Music Kindergarten Move It!

Red Clover Music Activity!

Inspired by The First Drawing we experimented with what would happen if we drew something that we listened to instead of something we looked at. Every Kindergarten through Sixth Grader listened to Frederick Chopin’s “Minuet Waltz” and we drew what we imagined! The song has no lyrics! It is for solo piano. Here are some of the drawings that this song inspired!
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After we shared our drawings we did a movement activity to the same song, and discussed if adding movement made us imagine anything different than what we drew. For many of us, adding movement gave us a whole new perspective on this song. Now YOU can do the movement activity at home! Follow me!

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Music In Our Schools Month: The Final Week

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The music room has come ALIVE this week! Many Middle Schoolers are preparing for the District Music Festival this Friday, 4th grade instrumentalists have all been busy at working learning tunes like “Frere Jacques,” “Mexican Mountain Song,” and “Sawmill Creek,” Kindergarteners have been doing 3 different “Mixer Dances,” the 1st and 2nd graders have been learning about Sound in Science, so in music we’ve been talking about PITCH, VIBRATION, and VOLUME, and using the Hand Chimes to discuss all three vocabulary words, in 3rd and 4th grade we’ve been composing with quarter notes and eighth notes and doing our favorite Russian Folk Dance, “Sasha!” AND SO MUCH MORE.

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This week has been outstanding for before-school practicing! We’ve seen the return of many faces, (though looking a little sleepy at times,) but I am thrilled to have you back, and so proud of the extra effort you are putting in.
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The Middle School Musical, “School House Rock!” is well under way with our amazing director, Gina Fearn. A terrific group of middle schoolers (and a few awesome 4th graders!) have been learning songs, blocking, and choreography for the show.
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As we finish out the week I hope to collect more responses to the prompt,
“MUSIC MAKES ME____!” If YOU would like to fill out a sheet at home please let me know and I’ll make sure one makes it home to you!
Here’s a video of Preston rocking the bells, and another of many snippets from the past two weeks- Random Acts of Music, glimpses of K and 1/2 music classes, and band lessons.


WAHOO!!!!

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First Steps in Music Kindergarten

Every Night an Echo song for Kindergarten

Sing after me!

Ms. Kauffeld lost her voice, and is hoping she gets it back for her Bella Voce concert tomorrow night. In the meantime, bear with her in this video!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten Move It!

Move It! “Trois Gymnopedie” by Eric Satie

From John Feierabend and Peggy Lyman’s “Move It!”

All of our Folsom Kindergarten-Fourth graders will have done this by Tuesday Sept 23rd! Now you can do it at home-mirror my motions!

Thanks for your support!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade First Steps in Music Kindergarten Move It!

Move It! Waltz in A flat by Johannes Brahms

Movement for Form and Expression:

“These activities help children express the qualities in music through movement. At the same time, these activities also enable children to experience musical form through organized movement. The motions should be performed in the expressive spirit of the song or rhyme.” -Feierabend

With each “Move It!” students begin to understand the organization of movement sequence, explore personal and general space relating to others, and discover inner feelings connected to beautifully expressive musical selections and movements. Move Its! also explore the Laban Themes (soon to come in another blog post!)

Here is the first Move It! that we’ve done at Folsom this year, it is performed to Johannes Brahms “Waltz in A flat” by September 8th all Kindergarten through 4th grade students will have experience this Move It! 
Now you can do it at home! (Fun for the WHOLE family, Move Its! are being used in preschools and assisted living homes, they are for EVERYONE!) 

Pump up the volume and mirror my motions! 

Extra credit: Make a video of your child dancing to this and send it to Ms. Kauffeld to put on the blog!