The third week was an eventful one! Both the music classes and the choir classes have been working hard to get performance concepts and skills learned. Check the sections below to see what your kiddos are learning in class.
Progress reports are due at the beginning of next week and will be to parents soon. Please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Gregory if you have any questions about grading policies or curriculum content.
The choir classes are finishing up "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." It is a partner song, which means it is actually two separate songs that are performed simultaneously. The two songs in this performance are "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and " All Night, All Day." Both songs have a similar chordal structure, which allows them to be performed at the same time. Partner songs (and canons) are a common way to introduce two-part singing to beginning choral students. The choir has been reading their full choral score, practicing their solfege syllables, and learning to sing in two parts.
The highlight of this week was a visit from Mr. Stout, the choir teacher at AMCMS! It is the hope that many of our students will continue with the choral program next year when they attend AMCMS. Mr. Stout and I are working cooperatively to make sure the Oakwood students are prepared to be successful; not just at our school, but next year at AMCMS and beyond. It was wonderful for the students to get a chance to meet Mr. Stout and have him conduct them for a bit. He got to listen to them sing and help them improve their sound! He even invited them to perform on a concert with the Middle School on October 16th! Thank you for coming to see us, Mr. Stout!
Ask your kiddo: See if your kiddo can sing "All Night, All Day" for you!
The general music classes had so much fun this week! Our lessons this week were focused on rhythm and dynamics, including syncopation. Naturally, our Quaver Music lessons used Reggae music to help demonstrate rhythm and syncopation. We got to learn about the geography of Jamaica, the characteristics of Reggae music, and the instrumentation used in Reggae. We learned about some of Reggae's famous composers and the people who created the steel drums. The students got to perform some Reggae music in class, differentiate Reggae music from Calypso music, and find out what kind of dreams Beethoven has on the beach. We ended our week with a couple rounds of Reggae limbo! It's really just regular limbo to Reggae music, but we had the most fun! The picture below shows one student making a clean pass under the Reggae rope!
The students have been cooperative, polite and kind this week! It has really made a fun, safe atmosphere where the kiddos can have a great time and learn a whole bunch. Next week, we'll be learning more about special rhythms and how to sing!
Ask your kiddo: See if your kiddo can name the important instruments in Reggae! There are seven!