Week 2 was another short week of school. It began with a holiday, so there was no school on Monday. Tuesday night was the Oakwood Open House! It was a grand time; lots of Oakwood family members on campus. Parents and students that got to visit the music classroom were greeted with celebratory music and information about choir and music courses. If you missed the Open House, you can see the slides of information below.
The 5th grade music classes are learning about meter! Wednesday was an introduction day. We learned the five rules used in music class and how to correctly play the instruments. We learned the definition of meter and how it is used in music. We also got to use instruments and conducting to feel and identify different meters. Thursday, we took time to setup our Quaver Music accounts in the computer lab. Parents, if you haven't gotten a chance to sign your student up for Quaver Music, you can send me written consent, and we will get it started at school. Once the students were setup with their Quaver Music accounts, we had a review of meter in groups of 2, 3 and 4. Friday was spent learning about 6/8 time and reviewing all the meter material we learned this week.
The 6th grade choir class is continuing the lessons on Swing Low, Sweet Chariot. On Wednesday, we played "Poison Echo." Ask your kiddo what the poison syllables are! We also learned how to read a choral score. Thursday was a day we got to really learn some swing rhythms. We also got to shape our phrases in dynamic contrast and tempo (rubato). Friday, we got to put it all together. We have learned many elements of singing and musicianship this week, and we've really only sung one piece of music! As a choir, we have learned our major and pentatonic scales and the Curwen hand signs that go with them. We practice them everyday during rehearsal. Hopefully we are practicing at home, too! Ms. Gregory is really focusing on our ensemble making clear, supported sound with good tone; no matter what we're singing! These are all skills we will get to use and practice in every song we sing this year. Building a strong musical foundation is the key to great singing!