Thank you for a FANTASTIC 1st year! I cannot wait for the next one! Look for a Welcome email in August! And if you have any friends interested, there are two Year 1 classes for the Fall. Share the music love!
We'll have a final recital rehearsal on May 17 during your regular class time. See you then!
Let's Play it Again! still has a few openings. Grab them quick!
To help fight off summertime boredom, play the bells, create bell music and read from the staff, play games on your lines and spaces page, listen to music and have fun creating all kinds of BUGS!! Here, here and here.
Parents come on Wednesday! Keep practicing for the recital. It will be here before you know it!
Homework: pp. 34–37 Students cut out and glue on pieces for the “Fox Hunt” puppet show. This will also help them get ready for the recital!
Primary Chord Song
The new activity today was singing a broken primary chord on command. The children sang the correct chord a cappella for me when I held up a color. They did fantastic! This shows us that their aural brain is internalizing pitches and their ability to sing in tune is developing. These concepts may seem unimportant, but they are crucial to developing a complete musician. Laying this solid aural foundation now will help your student take dictation in 3rd year and write their own composition.
Let's Play steps and skips on our bells! If you open your Homework Booklet you'll find some bell music at the back. Encourage your child to play it. Even better, encourage them to start writing their own bell music and notate it if they'd like.
Singing in tune is one of the main objectives in Let's Play Music. A great way to reinforce this skill at home is to play a 3-4 note melody for your child and have them sing it back to you. As they get better and better, add more notes. You will be amazed at the quick progress your child will make. Their little brains are like sponges which allows them to be fast learners.
Thanks for coming on Tuesday, parents! We love having you here. You are such a vital part of your child's music education.
Keep practicing for the recital. It will such a delight to watch our little musicians making music together!
HOMEWORK: pp. 32–33 Students read the notes on the staff and ‘x’ the corresponding bell.
This fun traditional song helps to reinforce the SOL LA TI DO melodic cadence pattern. Identifying this pattern over and over again trains the ear to be sensitive to other patterns as well. We're developing intelligent listeners.
Today one of our activities was to sight read the steps or skips from a given note. This is a great sign that the students are internalizing and processing several of the the concepts that we’ve been teaching. This is a crucial skill set needed to develop into a music sight reader!
Baby Butterfly / BINGO
Using the Baby Butterfly and BINGO activities we are able to see that our bugs are hiding in EVERY song! Now we’re decoding enough that the students can find these rhythms on their own. Recognizing bug rhythms in songs helps children to develop the ability to sight read better and then in 3rd year compose their own song.
Let's practice sight reading! Open up the Homework booklet and find the Lines & Spaces page at the back. Find some pennies, smarties, or anything that fits between the lines and play some games with your child. Not only is the "Hokey Pokey" training us to be intelligent listeners ... it's a lot of fun too! Here is fun video for your kids grab them and follow along.