Week 5 of our semester has been a triumph! The students have quite a bit of musical knowledge under their belt, so they are beginning to feel more successful. They are also able to perform more music and solve all kinds of musical problems. Read below to see details about what your kiddo learned this week!
Vocal Chords & Evaluation
This week the Oakwood Choir focused on performance (self) evaluation and knowing how our vocal chords work. We watched videos of actual vocal chords in movement (gross), and talked about how that affects what we do in the classroom. We also looked at our previous performances and evaluated what we did well and what we can work on. As a choir, we're working hard on staying focused and looking professional while we perform. The sound the choir gets as a full, focused ensemble is angelic and beautiful! I can barely wait for you to hear them perform! Next week, we'll start looking ahead to our second performance; Veteran's Day!
Ask your kiddo: What do you think of your vocal chords? How do you stay vocally healthy?
The Grand Staff
This week, the music classes talked about the mysterious five lines and four spaces music is written on; the staff! We learned who created it (Guido d'Arezzo), how to read it (from the bottom, like a ladder) and how to write on it! The students got to hang with Quaver for a bit, learning more about the universal language of music. The students even composed music in the 12-tone style of Arnold Schoenberg. The students got to make their own composition and hear it performed. I am so proud of their support of each other and their growing musical knowledge! One student asked to perform his piano competition piece, and the other students were so interested and supportive!
The students really seem excited about the things they are learning. In fact, they are still raving about their trip to China! They had such fun being there and studying the country, I may have to visit another place. The students are really looking forward to the unit on Ukulele! We have talked about how the instrument traveled to Hawaii and parts of the Hawaiian culture. We even listened to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." We start ukulele on Monday! All these weeks of preparation have helped us get ready to make some serious music.
Ask your kiddo: What's a shaka sign? Why is aloha important? How do I read a treble clef?