Kindergarten-We have been busy rehearsing our songs for the Christmas concert. The students are very excited to be able to perform in front of their parents and family. When the New Year starts will will be talking about snow, snowmen and snowflakes and we will be learning new songs about these and the fun things we can do during the winter season. We will be using some light percussion instruments to depict snowy weather.
1st-Just like kindergarten, we have been busy rehearsing for the Christmas concert. When we return we will be learning some basic notes and how to sequence story songs. We will implement the use of technology with our winter songs and will talk about rhythm.
2nd- Beside our work on the Christmas concert we have taken a look at Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker". We have discuss the story line, composer, and its beautiful music. We will continue with this wonderful masterpiece after the holidays and then go one to basic notations and introduce dynamics.
3rd-We will continue our work on songs of America and have discussed the historic significance of these songs and what had been going on in America at the time of these compositions. We have completed flags about ourselves in conjunction with George M. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Flag". After the holiday we will also take a review of basic dynamics and will discuss these at a higher level.
4th-We are working on a composition project with the percussion family. The students picked an animal and must think of ways they would compose a piece of music for that particular animal due to its size, sound, habitat etc. and what percussion instrument would best describe that creature.We will be using our computer technology along with this project.
5th-We are now finishing the life, times and work of Antonio Vivaldi. The class has gone to the computer lab to listen to his famous " Four Seasons" and answered questions, and we have discussed his inspiration for this celebrated work. On our return, we will put art to his music. Then on to George F. Handel and his works especially focusing on his famous oratorio,"The Messiah".
Wishing you and yours the merriest of holidays!