Welcome back everybody and I hope you had a great holiday season! I am looking forward to a great rest of the school year in 2019.
In Grade 5 this week, we practiced our ukulele skills. It has been a long time since we last played, so we tried to remind ourselves of all of the chords we learned (C, F, Am, G). We then applied the chords to songs such as, "Best Day of My Life", and "Can't Stop the Feeling".
In Grades 3 and 4, we started off with a song called "January". We first learned how to sing it and then we tried to sing it in a round. Students also had a chance to come and sing in front of the class as either a duet or trio.
In Grades K-2, we started off with a song called "Ants Marching". This is a great song that gets all the students up and moving while singing. At the end of class, we had a chance to play our hand drums.
In 5th grade, we are continuing to hone our ukulele skills. As of the past couple classes, we have added a couple new songs such as "Can't Stop the Feeling", and "All of Me". It has been a lot of fun seeing the students get more advanced at this instrument as the weeks have gone on!
In 3rd and 4th grade, we have been working on different rhythm activities that utilize both quarter notes and eighth notes. This week, we discussed how many beats each rhythm gets and practiced playing them on our drums.
In 1st and 2nd grade, we have been doing a variety of different singing, movement, and rhythm activities. We have gotten the chance to perform songs both as solos and with friends. This week we interpreted the piece "Aquarium", from "Carnival of the Animals", through movement.
In kindergarten, we have been doing similar activities as 1st and 2nd grade but on a more fundamental level. We have gotten the chance to use both the xylophones and the hand drums which has been a lot of fun!
Next week, we will most likely be starting and preparing our Winter Concert songs!
In 5th grade, we have been continuing our ukulele journey. We have been practicing the chords: C. F, G/G7 and Am. In order to practice these chords, we have been playing songs such as, "Best Day of My Life," "I'm Yours," and "Riptide." I am looking forward to seeing continued progress as the year goes on!
In 3rd and 4th grade, we are making our own Orff arrangements of a song called, "The Sun is Rising." First, we learn the song, and then we took the same song over to our xylophones. After we finished on the xylophones, we added new instruments, such as hand drums and the rainstick, to complete our arrangement.
In Kindergarten through 2nd grade, we have been doing a variety of activities, such as movement games, circle games and pitch exploration. At the end of class, we have been exploring the hand drums and the xylophones through different activities, such as "Poison Rhythm."
Welcome back to another year! I am excited to see what this year at Buker brings.
Over the course of the next two weeks, the sign-ups for instruments and elementary band will be open. Sign-up is available on the Buker website under "Elementary Music News." Band meets before school on Wednesdays from 7:25 to about 8:10 on the Buker stage. If you are interested in beginning lessons for an instrument, the sign-up is also available under "Elementary Music News."
If you have any questions about how to sign-up or anything about this program, always feel free to reach out to me :)
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!
K-5 General Music