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!
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!
K-5 General Music