Posted on November 1, 2017
October was a jam-packed month filled with many music activities!
The highlight of the month was our traditional Spooktivity event! This year, 760 elementary and middle school students shared the gym floor to do a flash mob dance to the 1960's show, "Addam's Family" and segwayed into the 1990's movie "Addams Groove" which strengthened our school community. The entire gym was filled with an awesome energy and everyone had a blast in their costumes while dancing and singing, "The Addams Family!" Special thanks to Mrs. Kondo, Ms. Yojo, Ms. Green, and Mr. Jinbo for your help with the middle school. It was absolutely Spooktacular!
In Kindergarten, we reviewed "Brown Bear, Brown Bear," a song based on the book, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?," written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle. This activity focused on bi-tonic melodies. It gave students the opportunity to sing individually and in a group, and begin to recognize high-low pitch. We extended the activity by allowing the children to draw their own animals. They choose one color and one animal, allowing us to use their drawings as manipulatives. This activity required the children to sing on pitch and keep rhythm.
In Multiage 1/2, we continued working on stick notation, and extended the activity by playing on the xylophones and metallophones. We discussed the differences between each instrument- xylophones have wooden bars, metallophones have metal bars and have a bell like sound. They were partnered up and given the opportunity to play each instrument. We first started off with playing only one note (or bar), then two, and then three. Each student was given the freedom of improvising when playing two or three notes. The notes they were given to play is a C Major chord, C, E, and G. Many of them enjoyed the challenge of improvising while reading the notation and keeping tempo.
The Multiage 3/4 reviewed the songs, "Starlight, Starbright" and "I see the Moon." They practiced singing and playing in two-part harmony. This really encouraged them to focus on their own parts while keeping the tempo. They were partnered up and given the opportunity to play each instrument as well as each part. We continued working on our two parts songs, "Starlight, Starbright" and "I See the Moon" on the Orff instruments. The children enjoyed playing the xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels.
The 5th graders composed their own stick notation compositions, They were to create 4 measures with 4 beats in each measure. They were instructed to use ta- quarter note, titi- eighth notes, and rest. They were also encouraged to use different rhythms and be creative with their rhythms. They then put notes to their compositions using the C Major chord, C, E, and G.
Each child has a gift and for many, it's music. Knowing this, I have encouraged them to bring in an instrument to either play, show, or share. So far, we have had a couple of students share their performing talents. This encourages expression, presentation and performance skills, and fosters an appreciation for the arts and music. Here are photos of YK and RE playing the piano for us.