Syn-CO-Pa

Grade 3 is learning how to spice up music with syncopated rhythms. First we had to learn that eighth notes (Ta-Di) can be beamed together or separated and each have a flag. That means these two rhythms are performed the same way: As are these...

Anthems and Lullabies

As part of the Grade 4 unit on How We Express Ourselves, students have been learning work songs, spirituals, and other traditional folk songs. One student pointed out that most our songs were American or African American. They requested that we...
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“Old Mother Hubbard”

In Grade 2, students are learning to expand their music vocabulary through performance. For example, they’ve been learning the difference between a level bordun and a broken bordun on the xylophones. We’ve also discussed how music...

“Foot Twisters”

As part of the composition unit, Grade 6 students are creating a rhythm rondo. As part of this process, we’ve been exploring how to write and perform two different rhythms at the same time using stomps and claps. Sure, it starts easy…...
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Notating Pitch

Today in Grade 3, students worked on notating La-Sol-Mi patterns on a three-line staff. This is part of our unit exploring how music can be appreciated and understood. In this activity, students developed better pattern recognition and learned...

6K Composes Poetry Songs!

In Grade 6, students were asked to create compositions in small groups to go along with a poem. They had to have a melody, a bass bordun, and a different auxiliary instrument, such as a triangle or hand drum, for each extra person in their group...

6O Composes Poetry Songs

In Grade 6, students were asked to create compositions in small groups to go along with a poem. They had to have a melody, a bass bordun, and a different auxiliary instrument, such as a triangle or hand drum, for each extra person in their group...

6R Composes Poetry Songs!

In Grade 6, students were asked to create compositions in small groups to go along with a poem. They had to have a melody, a bass bordun, and a different auxiliary instrument, such as a triangle or hand drum, for each extra person in their group...

Saxophone New Notes

Hey Saxophone Section! To build off of what we discussed on Tuesday, here are some notes for your to go over before your next lesson. Your new (and old) notes: REMEMBER: A sharp makes a note higher. F-sharp is a “half-step” higher than F-natural...