Week 4 of our school year was a success! There was much information to cover and the students rose to the challenge! I can almost hear their brains growing and becoming more efficient as the days pass. The fifth grade general music classes studied the voice and how to sing well. The choir classes focused on performance to get ready to sing in public! Read below for details!
The sixth graders have been working very hard to prepare for a public performance. Our bellringers this week were all about the brain and how it works. As our center of signals and information, our brain controls our ability to sing, too! We learned about myelin and how effective practice can increase the myelin in our brains to help us sing even better on a consistent basis. The students were amazed by how little they considered their brains and the way it functions during the school day. Hopefully, this can spark them to consider their brain function more often!
Our academic practice this week split students into smaller groups and prepared a video lesson for their peers on how to sing. The students chose their own song and integrated singing tips and tools they have learned. Many of them got to teach solfege, physical stretches, vowel structure and pitch accuracy! I was so impressed with their presentations that I decided they can do this activity again! We will repeat this activity at the end of the year to see how much they've grown as singers, performers and musicians. Next week will also focus on performance skills, but it will have the students beginning to self-evaluate and monitor their own progress. Practice doesn't make perfect, but it sure helps!
Ask your kiddo: All choir students should have performed for a parent/guardian this week. If they haven't, ask them why!
The fifth graders worked through some performance anxiety this week! Many people are afraid of singing in front of people. Usually, the proper way to sing is not taught; in schools, at home or in the community. My goal for the vocal unit was that the students could build a firm foundation for being comfortable with singing for a lifetime! In class, we learned about the different vocal ranges, various genres of vocal music and how to keep good vocal health! The students were wonderfully open-minded and learned so much! We got to sing together a lot! The Star-Spangled Banner, Texas O, Texas, some spirituals; even a song in Chinese!
I am so proud of the way the 5th grade is learning and participating in class. They are growing so much as musicians. I know they are eager to play some instruments, so our next unit will help prepare us for the ukulele. Next week's unit is on pitch and the way it changes. The following week will be playing the ukulele! Hopefully they have come home singing some this week!
Ask your kiddo: We visited China this week! Ask them about our field trip!