Parents come next week!
We started our class with harmonic dictation today. That's right — your mini musicians are hearing chords! They recognized them right away!
Lesson 15, our final lesson, is Station Day and parents attend again. We will have stations similar to Lesson 15 of Green Turtle Shells.
The recital is coming up! Keep practicing those compositions! A separate email with specific practice instructions will be sent out. Please take the time to rehearse assigned songs at home and your child prepare for their performance. Keep in mind, we are not a performing group, but we do like to showcase what we have learned!
Homework: p. 28–29 Students write in letter names on the staff and read a fun story.
We are getting so good at playing our scales in F Major, G Major, and A minor. Check out this fun video to see what it would look like to play your scales with your feet!
Your child will be practicing most of the same things as Lesson #10. However, be sure to have them practice any new changes we have made to the composition!
We have all finished our compositions and they sound great! I’m so proud of all my Orange Roots! Please make sure that your child practices their composition every day. Use theory assignment #11 to help your student introduce their recital piece. Practice saying it out loud each time they practice their composition. I want them to be prepared and confident at our recital!
Homework pp. 28–29: Students will fill in information about their composition to help them prepare for the recital.
The progress that we have made in developing our compositions has been exciting. Our homework is preparing us to perform our composition at our recital. Look how cute this spider is as he introduces his composition!
In class we started with dictation in the bass clef. Everyone recognized the major scale right away! This week at home your child will practice 5-finger patterns in 4 keys. What an amazing musician they are becoming!
Next week for private lessons have your child come 5 minutes early. If you haven't already, start writing in possible elements to your child's existing composition—a bridge, a coda, an introduction. Or at LEAST talk to your child about adding some elements and I can work my magic on my end. Either way, send their old composition (with any new notes) in addition to the homework booklet so I can still check practicing and homework.
P.S. Share the music love! Don't let your friends miss out on the fabulous experience of being in Sound Beginnings (ages 0–4), Let’s Play Music (ages 5–6), or Presto (ages 7–12) classes! If you know of anyone who is interested, please send them my contact information or direct them to the studio website: http://www.infusingmusicstudios.com/group-classes.html.
Homework: pp. 24–27 Students identify the introduction, bridge, coda, and repeats for our new puppet show, "The Circus".
The official name of this puppet show is Symphony No. 1, 2nd movement by Gustav Mahler.
Mahler named his entire first symphony 'The Titan'. It was originally written as a symphonic poem, meaning that the music followed a "plot," in five movements instead of the traditional four. The second movement, the finale of which we use as our circus puppet show, is labeled "Set With Full Sails." Interestingly, this melody is in an Austrian folk dance form called a ländler (in 3/4 time). For those of you who like trivia, this is the dance from The Sound of Music during which Maria and Captain Von Trapp fall in love.
Check out this youth orchestra performing the music to our Circus puppet show live. These performers aren't a whole lot older than your child! When you click on the link, listen carefully for some new music not on our album. Ask your child if it makes them think of a possible new character/theme for our show!