Reminder: Parents attend next week.
We started working on chord inversions this week. Use the red stickers in your child's homework booklet to help them easily jump from inversion to inversion. Starting on Middle C, put 6 red stickers on your keyboard at home as shown on p. 10 of your HW Booklet. The stickers should be placed on middle C, middle E, middle G and treble C (the C above middle C), treble E and treble G.
We play the F Major Scale. The RH fingerings are unusual (no pinky). Here's a video to help.
Help your child notice the difference between eighth and sixteenth notes by learning the new lyrics to Our Bugs Are So Fun!
The 2nd set of rhythm flashcards can be unbanded this week.
Here is a quick video help for the LH broken chords in Cockles and Mussels.
Homework: pp. 10–11 Students write in the beats using the newly introduced "1 ee + a" counting method.
Inversions / Mixed Paint
We actually have played our yellow and blue chords in inversions, we just didn't realize it. We are now ready to take a root position chord and 'invert' it. This just means re-arranging the pieces. The chord is still CEG, but C moves to the top, then the E moves to the top, then the G moves to the top and you are in root position again. We will play Old Paint in a new 'Mixed' up way to help us hear that it's still a red chord no matter if it is in root position, 1st inversion, or 2nd inversion. No matter what the shape or order is, it just has to retain the same 'pieces' (in this case C-E-G) for it to be a red (C) chord.
Click on the video link above to make sure you are setting up your red stickers correctly to be able to play this song with ease.
New World Symphony
Our Let's Play Music students have created harmony in many different ways in 1st and 2nd year. Now in 3rd year we have the unique opportunity to play as an ensemble in class to produce harmony and a much fuller sound than they can accomplish playing by themselves. By listening to the CD, the children are provided the opportunity to model and to audiate the music in their heads as they practice.
Our Bugs are So Fun! (new verse)
A few of our songs from our purple CD have upgraded to our orange CD — and with some new lyrics! The new verse in 'Our Bugs are So Fun!' will help us learn to count those tricky 'beamed' rhythms that include eighth notes and sixteenths notes! If counting in this new way seems tricky, I have attached a parent help that dissects the lyrics to Our Bugs are So Fun! with visual examples and simple explanations to help.