"Hello Fourth and Fifth Grade Families, I am very excited to introduce the recorder to music class for our fourth and fifth graders to explore and learn about reading music and instrument function. Recorder study will begin in January!! If you have a recorder from an older sibling, find it, give it a rinse, and bring it in to your next music class in January. If not, I have provided links below to two great recorders- one on Amazon and one from the Teach Me Store. The Teach Me Store is located at 3520 Spring Forest Road, or you can order online. We will be using the soprano 3-piece recorders, not the 2-piece. The 3-piece helps us learn more about intonation and how each piece of an instrument impacts sound. The music program has extra recorders to lend! Please email me if there is any issue in obtaining a recorder for your child. All of our students will get to learn together!
Second and Third grades are discussing musical meter! We have performed and created class and individual rhythm compositions in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time! Students use "beat, division, and subdivision" to compose cooperatively with partners. They practice their rhythms using the Ta Ka Di Mi method with cross body movements. They are really quite impressive :)
All grades are beginning a unit that combines Appalachian folk songs and singing games with music theory for some rather active music classes! Utilizing resources from the Smithsonian, Appalachian State, and research from the University of Kentucky, our students are playing various singing games from the mountain region of North Carolina dating back to the late 1700's. As these songs have been passed down through oral tradition, students have evaluated the possible alterations that may have been made, the purpose of the song/activity (work, play, lullaby, times of hardship), and regional variations. Students recognize the link between this "old time" play and the way they learn singing games-- like "Down by the River" or "Miss Mary Mac."
A favorite of grades 3-5 is "King William." The game was utilized to meet new folks when many farmhands of different mountain areas gathered. We discuss the value of human contact, the value of knowing a person's name, and appropriate interaction. The students enjoy hearing "Emma" sing. We use the linked audio below to discuss changes in recording technology over the years, and how important it is that we talk to people older than us, so that we can learn the traditions that shaped our lives today!