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Homework pp. 20–21: Students write in the number of steps the other animals take for each elephant step. What a fun way to subdivide!
On Top of Spaghetti
Learning to hear chord progressions as well as each part of a chord is a vital skill when becoming a musician. This song and activity is very rich in its musical lessons. We play the autoharp which allows us to have our hands doing two different things, and our eyes are looking at the chord map and reading music. We are hearing the chord progressions and then we sing each piece of the chord as each student points to their triangles. It's so fun!
This folk song teaches musical form: We hear a repeating theme while we do the same dance movement back and forth. Then at the end of the phrase "...early in the morning" we hear a strong cadence pull to DO. A cadence is two (or more) chords found at the end of a musical phrase. This cadence has a strong pull to our ears that indicates the musical sentence has finished. This cadence trains the ear how music sounds when it is complete or finished.
Fox Hunt - NEW puppet show!
Our new puppet show teaches us to identify rhythmic patterns and learn about classical form. Classical form is when you identify the reoccurring melodic themes and label them. Understanding this concept will help your student in 3rd year to compose their own music! (See attachment below)
Jungle Rhythms - spatial skills
As your child sees how the Jungle Rhythm chart divides space and hears how the music divides time, they become aware of how the two correlate. This develops their spatial awareness. Seeing the Jungle Rhythm chart shows children what the written form of subdividing looks like.
Can't Bug Me
Today in class we clapped bug rhythms without seeing the bug cards. That’s right! We clapped our rhythms today using the ‘real’ music notation, without the help of our musical bugs. They’re smart little cookies!
Our new puppet show was written by Gioachino Antonio Rossini, who was born on February 29 (leap year!), 1792 in Italy to a family of musicians. His father played the horn and his mother was a singer. He was just six years old when he joined his father’s band where he played the triangle. When he was only 10 years old, he was often asked to play the piano and sing at their church. At that age, he began composing and soon became the most celebrated composer of Italian Opera. Our puppet show, “The Fox Hunt” is from the William Tell Overture. This famous piece has been imitated (top video) and heard in various "rock-n-roll" forms (bottom video) all over the world!