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.
In all grades this week, we have been reviewing games we have played over the course of the year!
In K-2, we reviewed games such as: "Let Us Chase The Squirrel," "Hot Potato," and "Old King Glory."
In Grade 3, we have finished going through all of our songs up to black belt for recorder karate! Some of us have started to earn our brown and black belt.
In 4th and 5th Grade, we tried to learn "Don't Stop Believin'" on the xylophones.
In Grade 5, we ran through our play songs and then we went over to the drums for our remaining time.
In Grade 4, we played our singing game "Obwisana" and then we played "Poison Rhythm" on the drums. This week we tried to create our own poison rhythms for the our classmates.
In Grade 2, we played "Obwisana" and then we talked about Woodwind instruments and watched a Brain Pop about these instruments.
In Grade 1, we are starting to wrap up with our Patriotic songs as the concert gets closer. We are very excited to show what we have been working on!
In Kindergarten, we played "Concentration" while trying to keep a steady beat on our legs. We also played a singing game called "Doggie, Doggie." This game helps us practice singing independently.
In Grade 5, we ran through and sang all of our play songs and then spent the rest of the class using the hand drums.
In Grade 4, we played our "Mystery Message Game" from last week, however, students got to pick the music words we tried to guess. We came up with many creative words from our music vocabulary!
In Grade 3, we started testing for our red belt. We are also continuing to practice our songs for "Stepping Back Day."
In Grade 2, we took our singing game, "Obwisana," to the next level by adding a passing motion with rhythm sticks. After, we played "Poison Rhythm" on the hand drums.
In Grade 1, we sang through all of our Patriotic songs and watched a Brain Pop about Mozart.
In Kindergarten, we played our singing game "Obwisana" and we learned about instrument families. We watched a Brain Pop about musical instruments to helps us.
In Grade 5, we continued to work on our play songs and then tried to learn one of the play songs on the xylophone!
In Grade 4, we played a "Mystery Message" Rhythm game. After, we tried to learn "When The Saints Go Marching In" on the xylophones.
In Grade 3, we have been testing for our belts and, if time, started the red belt this week!
In Grade 2, we played a singing game called "Tricky Bear" and then tried to learn "Twinkle, Twinkle" on the xylophones.
In Grade 1, we sung our patriotic songs and then we learned "Twinkle, Twinkle" on the xylophones.
In Kindergarten, we played a singing game called "Grizzly Bear" and practiced repeating rhythms on our hand drums.
In Grade 5, we are getting closer and closer to perfecting the songs for the play and it is great to see all the progress. After we practice singing our songs, we have been learning songs on the xylophones such as: "Hard Rock Blues" and "Yankee Doodle."
In Grade 4 this week, we played a rhythm game called "Rhythm Telephone." This is a great activity for practicing to write rhythms rather than just performing them on instruments. We also learned how to play "Yankee Doodle" on the xylophones.
In Grade 3 this week, we have started the blue belt! We are getting closer to the end of Recorder Karate and it is exciting to see all the progress this year.
In Grade 2, we did an activity called, "Rhythm Relay." In this activity, we got to practice performing rhythms on the drums and writing them on the board.
In Grade 1, we are continuing to practice our patriotic songs and they are sounding great! This week, we tried to do them memorized. We practiced learning "London Bridge" on the xylophones.
In Kindergarten, we played an activity called, "Bow, Wow, Wow." This is a great activity that got the kids up, moving and singing. At the end of class we practiced repeating rhythms on the xylophones.
K-5 General Music