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Ms. Pearson: Music K-3 & Chorus

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"Keys" to successful behavior in Music Class
Make good choices
Use kind words
Show respect
 Involve yourself
Care for our room & 

December concert
Save the Date: 

Be a STARR in Music! 
Classroom expectations

These reminders help everyone have a better experience in music.  

K-3 General Music: 
The Magic of Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes

Did you know...?  That all of the essential elements and foundations of music can be found in the rhythms, phrases, movements, and storytelling of the most beloved, traditional nursery rhymes and playground singing games. 

In Kindergarten & Grade 1, we're especially focusing on the concepts of:   loud/quiet,   fast/slow,   high/low,   big/small,   and happy/sad.    We're also putting together 5 of our most important childhood songs into a really special medley that shares a surprising new part of the story.

Grade 2 is taking these further,  adding new playing skills, steps, and what some of the rhythms look like as symbols.  Translating them between everyday words and names, and even playing them on xylophones and classroom instruments, is a fun
new challenge.   Soon we'll be adding the "real" music words for those opposites, too.  Learning to manage right & left movements with keeping a steady beat is trickier than we expect to learn; but pay off with new sequences & singing-games!   (Not to mention, when we're dancing our way through Duloc!)

Grade 3   will be preparing for reading "real" music on the treble staff; and have graduated to recognizing note shapes and values.  Later this winter will be a focus on how they move up & down on those lines.   Singing & using the solfa hand shapes for do, re, mi and other pitches help in matching & predicting how much to move voices and notes played.   

The main objectives for Elementary music classes are all the same -- we just keep building on them!

*To SING:  Hearing, following , and sharing pitches
*To PLAY:  Reading cues and symbols to create music with chants, games, and classroom instruments
*To MOVE:  Experiencing & exploring rhythms, patterns, beats & contexts through movement
*To PERFORM:  Putting it all together and sharing it with others!