Week Six was a little choppy for us! Grade reports were released this week and there was some work still to get done! Our students did very well overall. They are gaining skills and abilities almost quicker than I can report! The general music classes worked on some extra credit opportunities and the ukulele! The choir classes worked on some extra credit opportunities and how to correctly evaluate choral music. Keep reading to know details of each!
The students have been preparing for a while now to play the ukulele! We've done research on Hawaii, looked up where the ukulele came from, listened to examples of great ukulele players; the whole deal! They were very excited to begin their unit on ukulele! As we began, I assessed that the students had already completed this unit in fourth grade. I was a bummed as they were to let them know that we will begin a new unit next week. Enjoy the video at the end of this entry of some students playing the ukulele in three different parts!
The students and I are excited to begin a two-week project where they write their own pop musical! They'll be composing music, writing lyrics, deciding on setting, plot and characters, even set design and costumes! The whole unit should be great fun while we learn about performance! Hopefully many of our students will want to participate in other theater and stage events in middle school and high school!
Ask your kiddo: How did you like the ukulele? Do you get nervous talking in front of people?
After our focus on self-evaluation last week, I assessed that a large number of the choir students do not accurately assess their progress. Most times, the reaction to their performance is something similar to "We sounded awful," or "It was perfect!" Of course, neither is usually true. The key to quick progress and lots of growth is knowing where the problem is and knowing what to do to fix it. I've been giving students lots of tools to improve their singing, but I realized they aren't sure when to use them! So this week, we listened to many examples of singing that varied in level of mastery. By watching other ensembles, the students are beginning to understand some common issues and how they effect a performance. They have renewed energy while they are working and preparing for their concert on October 23rd at AMCHS. Next week, we'll be evaluating ourselves and how well we perform!
When the students perform at the Veteran's Day Ceremony on November 10th, they will sing in two parts! Some students, who wish to, will audition to be a part of our descant group. After auditions, I'll choose a few students to sing the descant at the ceremony. A practice video for the audition is below, if your kiddo would like to practice on their own!
Ask your kiddo: What are some common mistakes you make in choir class? What do you do well in choir class?