Thursday, December 22, 2016
Our annual whole school sing-along was held before break. During the month of December, students prepare music related to different customs and seasonal happenings. This unit of study gives students the opportunity to develop their singing voices, understand cultural connections, and experience the joy of music-making. We sang 11 songs, including: "December In Our Town" (Roger Emerson), "Deck The Halls", "Winter Wonderland", "Do You Hear What I Hear?", "The Dreidel Song", "O Kwanzaa", "12 Days of Christmas", "Jingle Bells", "Frosty, The Snowman", "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer", and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas". A tradition is for faculty and staff to get up and sing "Jingle Bell Rock" to the students.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Always, the first thing we do in music class is move to the beat. Ms. Mutz will play a melody on her recorder as students enter the room. It is up to the students to find the beat of whatever she is playing. Sometimes people have a different idea of what the beat is. Some people feel a very fast beat. Some people feel a slower beat. And some people might have a loose tooth and so they are only thinking about that tooth! Given a little time, the class will find the common beat. There are so many things to think about: How fast or slow... How loud or soft...
Finding the beat to whatever we are listening to is so important. It helps us connect to the music so we can move, sing or play instruments. Things can get complicated in music when adding rhythmic elements if that beat is not felt in a strong way.
Students demonstrate the beat while moving. But the beat may also be felt just sitting and using different body percussion, such as clapping, snapping, patting legs or stamping feet.