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

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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3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons

Sawmill Creek-Clarinet and Saxophone

These students have been coming to school early almost every day to practice their instruments, clearly it’s paying off! Sawmill Creek is on page 20 of the Standard of Excellence Book 1 (the red book.) It has many combinations of quarter notes and eighth notes, accidentals, and slurs! These students have been working hard and they did a great job with this recording. (All before 8am, I might add!) Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the special guest in the video who offers moral support and occasional dancing… 😀

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3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons

Frere Jacques on Clarinet

Abby has been coming to practice clarinet before school every day for many months. She’s doing a fantastic job! Here is Frere Jacques, as a round! Sing along!

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1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade Kindergarten

Dr. Seuss Week Day 5! The Party’s Parting

As we say Good bye to Dr. Seuss week, here is one of his more sentimental songs called, “The Party’s Parting.”
Thanks for sharing these with your family, it’s been fun for me to learn them for you!

The Party’s Parting
Time goes past. Time goes fast.
Comes a time in every party
when the party parts.
Good time ends. Good night good friends.
Good night to all your warm and foolish hearts.

So Rumble, rumble, rumble home now.
Rumble, rumble, rumble home.
Rumble, stumble, stumble home now,
in your rumble, stumble carts.

Bless your souls.
Don’t fall in any holes.
This party’s only parted
till the next one starts!

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3/4 Grade Giants In the Sky Instrument Lessons

4th Grade Instrumental Instructional Video!

Our Fourth Grade instrumentalists will open our our play “Giants In the Sky” by performing one of the songs on their instruments!

Here is a video for them to learn their parts, please share it with them! Thank you!

AND- I want to apologize, I have footage from our auditions and some rehearsals that needs to be put online, I’ll work on it soon!!!

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3/4 Grade Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Jayson and Paradiddles, and Decking the Hall!

Jayson learned paradiddles in his lesson today. They are one Rudiment for drums. A Paradiddle consists of a single stroke, single stroke, then a double stroke. Check it out!

During one Open Music Room time these folks made a video of Deck the Hall. Sing along!

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1/2 Grade Instrument Lessons Middle School Band Middle School Chorus

What’s New in the Music Room? Mrs. V’s class, Chorus, and Deck the Hall!

Here is Mrs. Vandedord’s 1/2 class performing the fingerplay “Grandma’s Glasses.” Fingerplays help us build expression in our voices, faces, and bodies, and stretch our imagination!

Here the Middle School Chorus sings a Major Scale on Solfege as a round. It sounds beautiful and is relatively easy to do!

And lastly, as we approach our WINTER CONCERT on DECEMBER 11th at 6pm, the band is getting ready to accompany all of YOU singers in “Deck the Hall!” Here Lucas and Emma play their parts! (YOU CAN START PRACTICING FOR THE END-OF-CONCERT SING-A-LONG!)

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

Open Music Room!

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Opening the music room at 7:30 last week proved to be a smashing success!
On Wednesday morning 6 students came, Thursday 10, and Friday 11!
Students can choose to work with me, work with each other, or find their own space to practice. The most exciting part has been watching more experienced players come in and work with our beginners-what an awesome learning experience for both parties!

Keep ’em coming-I will be there!!!

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

What’s Been Popping In Band Lessons?

Here are some videos to give you the inside scoop on what’s been going on in our band lessons!

This student has returned to flute after a year vacation and is doing fabulously! She has beautiful tone and articulation technique! Those crazy flute fingerings are coming back to her quickly as well! Hooray!

Here we have “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” played in October.

And lastly, we’re learning “Mr. Go” by ear, which means we listen to it, sing it, and figure it out without reading any music. The trumpets have figured out the melody AND added some improvisation during the spaces in the tune!

KEEP ON ENCOURAGING AT-HOME PRACTICE!
WAHOOOOO!!!!

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Instrument Lessons Middle School Band

“Largo” from New World Symphony played by Our Sixth Graders!

This was from our lesson last week. This excerpt of the main melody from Antonin Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” contains a lot of dotted quarter note+eighth note combinations and slurs. That’s what we focused on when learning this piece. The clarinet part is also over the break and really hard to play! These three students are making GREAT progress and are ready to move into (drum roll) THE BLUE BOOK! Wahoo!

And if you’re looking for something to do with your family on a raining afternoon, listen to the whole “Largo” movement from the symphony here while you watch the orchestra members! I LOVE this video! While you’re there you can find videos to the rest of the movements as well, but this is my particular favorite.