This week in music, we did some experimenting with the application Garage Band on our iPads. With this program, we created a variety of different sounds using instruments such as: piano, guitar, strings, and drums. This application is great because it allows for easy-to-make songs that can be recorded. Not only this, but you can layer different instruments on top of each other to make a complete song. Our goal for next week will be to continue the exploration and create our own original and unique compositions!
In Grade 5, we are continuing to sing our play songs and we are making lots of progress with them. The students have been rehearsing and getting prepared for the performance with Mrs. Gambino the last few weeks. We added "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as our new ukulele song this week.
In Grade 4, we used the xylophones and learned how to play "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic.
In Grade 3, we are getting prepared for our "Stepping Back Day." We are preparing to play a set of recorder songs for our audience as well as three songs that represent Massachusetts.
In Grades K-1, we learned a new singing game called "Here Comes a Bluebird." After this, we worked on xylophones playing "Poison Rhythm."
In Grade 2, we learned a new singing/rhythm game called "Four White Horses." The students worked in groups of four in order to get the hand clapping portion that goes with the singing. Here are some pictures from this week:
Here are the majority of recordings for the 5th Grade Play for some at home practice:
The 5th Grade play roles are out and we are excited to continue learning our songs to get ready for our performance. The 5th Graders have been working hard to master the first couple songs and we are looking forward to our show in a few months!
This past week in 5th grade we started learning how to play our first few chords on ukulele! These were generously given to us by the HW Edfund and they will be a great asset to the classroom. I am looking forward to finding ways to incorporate these into the classroom as the year goes on.
It is that time of year again and we have started to prepare for our Winter Concert in about a month!
After singing through and practicing our songs, fourth and fifth grade had some time to try out the ukulele one at a time. I am looking forward to when we have our class set so we can all practice together!
In 4th and 5th grade, we learned to play "Viva La Vida" and "Don't Stop Believin'" on the xylophones! This was a great opportunity to practice working in pairs and using teamwork to try and learn these two songs.
In 3rd grade, we have received our recorder purchase forms. It is almost that time of year to start!
In grades K-2, we played a singing game called "Five Fat Turkeys." This is a fun little game to do right before Thanksgiving.
I am very happy to announce that the Edfund has agreed to back a grant for the Buker school music curriculum!
We will soon be getting a class set of ukuleles for the 5th grade classes. Over the following months, after we get the instruments, our goal will be to learn a class list of songs and then do a performance for the school.
I am very excited to start using these in the classroom!
Welcome back to the new school year! I am very excited to see what this year will bring.
4th and 5th grade instrument/band announcement:
Within the next couple weeks, the 4th and 5th graders will be finding out about how to sign up for an instrument or how to join band/chorus.
Students wanting to join group lessons: If a student has never played an instrument before, they can absolutely sign up for group lessons. All of the lessons start from the basics so everyone is welcome to sign up.
Instrument choices are: Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Flute, Trombone, and Percussion.
Students wanting to join band: If you have prior experience on your instrument, or took lessons last year, you are able to sign up for band! Band is a great opportunity for students to get the chance to play as a group and with all of the other instruments as a whole. Band meets before school, on Wednesdays, at 7:25. Transfer buses will take those who need to get to Cutler/Winthrop at 8:10. Band registration will start in a couple weeks.
K-5 General Music