Keep practicing those purple flashcards! Time your child on three different days to see if they can improve their time by the end of the week. Be sure to write down their times in the "In a Flash" boxes.
Also, be sure to continue listening to the music album. I suggest #2 Cockles and Mussels, #4 "Monsters", #8 I Can Build a Triad, and #11 Our Bugs Are So Fun.
This week was the first time we used the Orange Counting Cards in class. You can print your own miniature set and practice counting aloud while clapping. It's a fun way to see the bugs (beetle, beetle, beetle, beetle) and how they have now turned into "grown-up" beats (1+2+3+4+)! Be sure to keep it simple this week by only using cards in Set 1 with bugs and beetles.
Homework: pp. 6–7 Students sing the new lyrics to Our Bugs are so Fun and write in the counts below the notes.
The newest member of our Echo family has arrived — Echo Edison! He is Echo Ed and Echo Edna’s grandfather. He likes to ask musical questions and have the kids give him musical answers. He will not only help us learn technique and play finger exercises in 5 keys, but is the vehicle for helping us create our compositions this semester!
Cadence Blues is actually ONLY printed in the key of C in your songbooks, but on your music album you have the 'Blues' in other keys. While playing in the key of F or G, you still have to read the song written in the key of C on page 6. That's right! Your little musician will be transposing! Woot woot! Be sure to have your child play with the app to make practicing fun!
The new puppet show is entitled Monsters. However, the real name of the puppet show is Montagues and Capulets, also known as Dance of the Knights, and is from the ballet 'Romeo and Juliet' composed by Sergei Prokofiev. This puppet show is similar to many of our past puppet shows — it follows the ABA formula that composers love! But the themes are layered on top of each other, and we will further develop our ear training to distinguish the individual layers of sound.
Be sure to watch this video. Each theme plays alone so you can isolate it and get it in your mind before going on to hear them layered together.
Wouldn't it be funny if all the characters from our Monsters Puppet Show were actually just friends in their LPM (Lambda Pi Mu) fraternity at Monsters U??? Check it out in this fun post on our Let's Play Music Blog!
Or click here to here to see some fellow Let's Play Music students performing their own Monsters Ballet!
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