Thank you for coming to class and being such great parents. I hope you are enjoying this musical journey. I surely am! Remember, when you come to class, the kids may act a little differently than when they come alone. Your child may sit and watch certain activities, instead of participating that day; or they may act worked-up and fidgety. Just remember these types of behaviors are normal and expected. As the teacher, I will always strive for and encourage active involvement but realize, at times, kids simply want to watch and then participate the next time.
Everyone is progressing quite nicely. Even though some aren’t quite matching pitch yet, don’t be fooled. With consistent practice in class and home exposure, it will come!
Homework: p. 40–41 Students make baby steps on the drawn bells by marking an X, then play the steps on their bells.
We're starting to read from the staff — AMAZING! This week we played a ‘baby step’ on the bells. We’ve been playing with baby steps on the staff up to this point, but today we added what it sounds and looks like on the bells. What discoveries were happening. It was fun!
Echo Ed gave everyone the chance to independently sing the solfege patterns. Man, these are some smart kiddos! It is so fun to see their ears developing and getting smarter.
Today we sang a MI RE DO or SOL SOL DO on command! They were able to do it without any hints! They have these patterns down now which shows you are exposing them to the patterns at home with your music playtime. Nice job parents!
DO is Home
We practiced singing “Do is Home” with no sound cues. They’re really starting to get it! Pulling a middle C out of thin air is what we are training the ear to do. The experts say developing perfect pitch isn’t possible, but we’re going to prove them wrong with learning at least one note perfectly!
Read this short blog article on Musical Superpower: Perfect Pitch
Also, learn how babies develop perfect pitch! How to help your Child develop Perfect Pitch
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