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Kindergarten - 1st 
May 11 - 15th
What do all these composers have in common?  (Copland, Debussy, Gershwin, Grieg, Beethoven, and Vivaldi)  They all composed songs inspired by weather. Composers use the instruments to suggest weather conditions that evoke different emotions.  Listen to the following song and see if you can hear the approach of a storm, lightning, thunder and rain.  See if you can hear when the storm disappears and the moon comes from behind the clouds and all nature rejoices.
Cloudburst by Grofe
Draw a picture inspired by the song. 

May 4 - May 8th


This weeks lesson is about Frogs and long and short sounds.  When you hear frogs, they can make very short or long sounds.  Listen to the following frog songs and see if you can hear long and short sounds.
This first frog song reminds me of my son and the Mother's Day surprise 


Here is a frog song sung in Japanese.



Through the week listen for short and long sounds around you and in music.

April 27th - May 1st
Mozart was a freelance musician working in Vienna, Austria in 1787.  He likely composed this music for an outdoor concert or other light evening entertainment.  These concerts were often given in the parks and gardens of Vienna.  The music for these occasions was called a serenade. Listen to Eine Kleine Nachtmusik which means, I little night music.
Maybe you could go out on your porch and perform a little night music of your own.  If you do, please send me pictures or videos.  I miss making music with you. 
Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

April 20 - 24
Theme:  Spring/Birds/Bees
Listen to this African folk song about a bird.  Also watch the video and see if you can find a way to copy the children.  
Poor Little Bird - Sansa Kroma
Sansa Kroma Cup Game
I have a special song.  The composer made it to sound like an insect.  Can you guess what the insect is just by the sound?  What instrument do you hear playing?  Can you move your hand around to the high and low sounds of the song?
Flight of the Bumblebee

April 13 - 17th: 
Theme Spring and Rain
Listening to the rain fall can make a beautiful symphony of sounds.  Listen to the following song and find something in the kitchen that you can play along with the beat.



Create a rain dance to this fun spring song.


Listen to this interesting instrument sounds.  What instruments would you use to accompany this song.

Extra Assignment:  Make a rain stick!

April 6-10th
Do you know what this Sunday is?  Easter.  What words do you think of to describe Easter?  Two words that I think of are Eggs and Bunnies.
Dance to this fun song by listening and acting out the words.

Watch this video The Tale of Peter Rabbit.  Listen for the woodwind instruments such as:  Clarinet, Oboe, Flute and Bassoon.
Tale of Peter Rabbit
Make a shaker and shake it to the beat of this song. (A shaker could be made from a plastic egg with dried rice.)


March 30 - April 3: 
Let's explore quiet and loud in music.  Watch the videos below to learn about quiet and loud.  In music, we call quiet - piano and we call loud - Forte.  After learning about quiet and loud complete the quiet/loud worksheet.  Throughout the week listen for loud and quiet sounds.  Try marching during the loud parts of the video and tiptoeing during the quiets parts.
Quiet or Loud
Forte vs Piano
Quiet vs Loud Worksheet.pdf


2nd Grade
May 11 - 15th

One type of music that happened during westward expansion is African American Spirituals.  These treasures came from slaves in the south.  Spirituals were sung for many reasons. 1.  sung to worship 2.  sung in the fields to give strength, 3.  sung with secret messages to help lead slaves to freedom. Here are a couple spirituals for you to listen to.
This Little Light of Mine

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Wade in the Water


May 4 -  May 8th
Last week we started a unit on the music of the westward expansion.  We listened to music inspired by many different modes of transportation.  One mode of transportation that we did not talk about is the railroad.  There are many special songs that were sung during the making of the railroads.  I've Been working on the Railroad is one of the favorites.



There are songs that were composed to tell stories of railroad heroes.  Even though there were many heroes who helped build the railroads, John Henry and Casey Jones were two of the most popular.  





Maybe you can think of some additional railroad songs.  What if you made up your own railroad song, what would it sound like?

April 27th - May 1st
We are starting a new unit on the music of the Westward Expansion.  As people were traveling west, they sang many songs about their life and adventures. One of these special songs tells us about the amazing Erie Canal.  Watch the short video on the importance of the Erie Canal and then listen to the song and compete the Erie Canal worksheets.
Erie Canal Explained


Erie Canal Worksheets.pdf
Another important song to Westward expansion is Home on the Range.  Kansas adopted this as its state song.  Pretty cool.  Listen to the words and see if you can answer the following questions.  Why do you think the narrator wants a home in the west?  How can you tell that the narrator does not expect to hear people complain about life on the range? 
Home on the Range

April 20 -24th
Our third composer to study is, Ludwig Van Beethoven.  Watch the video of his life.
Life of Beethoven
One of his most famous songs is "Fur Elise".  Listen to the song and move to it with the video.
Fur Elise
People who play the keyboard learn how to play scales.  A scale is eight notes ascending or descending in steps.  Look at the following worksheet and mark the c scale with solfego, degree numbers, and note names.  Key is attached to check work.

April 13 - 17th

Our second keyboard composer to study will be Wolfgang A. Mozart.  Watch this video of his life.
Life of Mozart
C Scale Worksheet and Key.pdf
We will listen to one of his famous keyboard songs, Rondo Alla Turca. Read the following story to go along with the song and listen to the silly words to help us learn the melody. Then listen to it without the fun words and see if you can hear the different sections. (Hint A section is finding the clue, B- section is dancing, C - section is cleaning and it ends with a fancy coda.
King Lou Story.pdf

Rondo Alla Turca with lyrics

Rondo Alla Turca

April 6 - 10
Our first keyboard composer to study will be JS Bach.  Watch this video of his life.
JS Bach Life
Here is one of his most famous songs: Minuet in G.  Here is a rendition with fun words to help you learn it.  Try to keep the 3/4 time signature of this dance by doing a pat-clap-clap pattern.  

When first learning to play the piano, we number the fingers.  Watch this video that explains finger number and do the work sheet.  Try some of the finger activities on a keyboard or table top.
Piano Finger Numbers
Keyboard Finger Number Worksheet.pdf

March 30 -April 3
Piano Unit:  The first piano's were built by Batolommeo Christofori of Florence, Italy in 1709.  At first, the hammers were covered with deerskin but in 1826, felt hammers were developed and are still in use today.  There are 12,000 pieces in a piano.  Watch the video on how a piano makes sound.  You can color in the picture of the grand piano while listening to different types of piano music.
How a piano works
Grand Piano Color Sheet.jpg
Minuet in G by JS Bach
Boogie Woogie

3rd Grade
May 11 - 15th
Before printed books and newspapers, storytelling was the way people shared information, traditions, and entertainment. Storytellers traveled from village to village, bringing news and tales. Fairy tales were first told by storytellers and later put into the book forms we know now. The 1001 Arabian Nights were such stories, meant to entertain but also to teach a lesson about good ways to live life and become a good person. One popular story from the Arabian Nights was the tale of Scheherazade. This tale was set to music by the Russian composer, Rimsky-Korsakov. 
Rimsky-Korsakov loved to travel.  He joined the Russian navy which allowed him to visit many parts of the world.  It was while traveling that he heard the stories of 1001 Arabian Nights.  He used his talent of composing to set the story to music.
Story of Arabian Nights
This is the part of the story when Scheherazade is telling the story of Sinbad.  Listen for Scheherazade's voice. It is represented by the violins. Listen to the impatient Sultan represented by the trombones.  Also see if you can hear the ship moving along the waves.
The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

May 4 - 8th
Remember in 1st grade how we discovered many different ways music can tell stories.  One of the ways that we can tell stories through music is by dancing.  Ballet is a special way to tell a story through movment.    Dancing is a great way to tell a story.  One of the greatest Ballet composers was Peter Tchaikovsky. 
Here is a short history of Tchaikovsky.


There are no words in ballet so the music and the dancers movements have to tell the story.  Watch this clip one of his most popular ballet's Swan Lake.

If you have time, maybe you could read the story or watch the movie Swan Lake. There have been many renditions done over the years.

April 27 -  May 1st
Polly Wolly Doodle is an American folksong.  It has thought to have originated in the 1800's among slaves in the South.  It was first performed in 1842 by the Virginia Minstrels.  It is in 2/4 time signature and has AB form.  The song was sung at the end of a performance and each character would sing a verse (A) and then everyone else would sing the (B) section.  It was included in one of Laura Ingels Wilder's books and was made popular by Shirley Temple. Listen to the song and watch Shirley Temple perform it.
Polly Wolly Doodle - Shirley Temple
Copy off this work sheet and see how you are doing with naming notes and matching rhythms.  You can check your answers against the answer key.
Music Activity Worksheets.pdf

April 20 - 24th
Patriotic music is part of the culture and history of a country.  It serves to encourage feelings of honor for the country's past and encourages unity. These songs include hymns, military themes, national songs, and music from stage and screen, as well as songs adapted from poems. One of the United States masters of patriotic music was John Phillip Sousa.  Read the page about Sousa, complete worksheet, and listen to his most famous march, "Stars and Stripes".
Sousa Reading and Worksheet.pdf
Stars and Stripes Forever

April 13  - 17th
One of our families favorite things to watch is the Olympics.  We love it so much we even have a family Olympics.  One of the most amazing things is to watch the opening ceremonies. Hear is a special opening ceremony.

Olympic Opening Ceremony 

One special thing that happens in the Olympics is the parade of all the athletes.  March around to this song like you are an Olympic athlete.

Stars and Stripes

One of my favorite things to see is when a person wins gold and they get to stand on the podium and hear their national anthem.  I especially like when the USA wins and we get to hear our national anthem.  

History of National Anthem

National Anthem Sing-Along
Str Spangled Banner Sing Along

April 6 - 10th

Time Signature is the symbol at the beginning of a song that tells us how many beats are in a measure and what note value gets the beat.  This week we will explore 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4 time signatures.
You're a Grand Old Flag is a 2/4 time signature.  This means there are two beats in each measure.  As you listen to the song, perform a pat-clap pattern as you say foot-ball and/or 1-2.
You're A Grand Old Flag

America the Beautiful is a 3/4 time signature.  This means there are three beats in each measure.  As you listen to the song, perform a pat-clap-clap pattern as you say bas-ket-ball and/or 1-2-3.
America The Beautiful

Twinkle, Twinkle is a 4/4 time signature.  This means there are four beats in each measure.  AS you listen to the song, perform a pat-clap-snap-clap pattern as you say wa-ter-mel-on and/or 1-2-3-4.
Twinkle, Twinkle

After experiencing each time signature fill out the Time Signature worksheet.
Time Signature Worksheet.pdf
Time Signature Worksheet Answer Key.pdf

March 30 - April 3:
We have been talking about how composers are inspired to write songs. Here is a song that is very popular in Canada.  It was inspired by the Log Drivers.  One person thought it looked like they were dancing on top of the logs.  The song is in 3/4 time signature.  As you listen, pat-clap-clap and count to three.  See if you can stay with the beat.
Log Driver's Walt

We have been listening to the "Planet Suite" by Gustav Holst.  He was inspired by the planet's in our solar system.  At the time when he finished the Planet Suites, Pluto had not been discovered.  It was discovered during his life but he did not write a song for it. If you were to compose a song about Pluto, what would it sound like.  What instruments would you use.  A composer named Colin Matthews wanted to finish off Holst's planet suites with a song about Pluto.  How do you think he did?  Pluto, the Renewer

4/5 Lab
May 11 - 15th
Beethoven loved nature.  He always carried a notebook around with him as he went for walks.  He would often be inspired by things he saw while outside.  He used what he wrote in his notebook to give him ideas for songs to write.  His song Pastoral was inspired by his many walks.  As you listen to the song below, draw a picture of what you think Beethoven saw that inspired the creation his 6th Symphony.
Beethoven's Pastoral
As you go outside this week,  look around. What do you see that could inspire you to compose a song?

May 4 - 8th
This week we are going to learn about a wonderful composer named Felix Mendelssohn who as a young man was inspired by the works of William Shakespeare.  One of his favorite stories was, "A Midsummer Nights Dream."  He wrote the Overture when he was only 17 years old.  Watch the slide show in your google classroom and enjoy learning about the music of Mendelssohn.

April 27th - May 1st
We have been learning about the vocal music of the Renaissance and now we take a listen to the instrumental music of that time.  Renaissance instruments includes consorts, or families of instruments.  Recorders, viols, shawms and crumhorns, were made in families.  The same instrument was made in different sizes so that they could play high and low parts.  Visit this site to discover the sound and look of Medieval and Renaissance instruments. It is really a fun site so don't miss it.  My favorite is the Sacbut.  What is your favorite.
Renaissance Instruments

April 20 - 24th
Discovering the secular vocal music of the Renaissance era with madrigals.  Thomas Morley wrote the following song.  There is a slide show on Google classroom which goes over secular music, Thomas Morley, madrigals, and SATB voice parts.
Now is The Month of Maying

April 13-17th

Bass Clef Song and worksheet
Bass Clef Worksheet.pdf
Bass Clef Worksheet Key.pdf


Treble, Bass Line and Space Songs

Listen to this song that combines sounds of the Renaissance and sounds of modern music.  It is like a Jousting competition.  Which one do you think wins Renaissance or modern music.  

The Joust by Gillis

April 6 - 10th
Introduction to the Bass Clef
Cool Bass Clef
Listen to Core Knowledge song:  Dona Nobis Pacem which is performed as a Cannon.
Dona Nobis Pacem
Renaissance Unit Slide show 2 on Google classroom.  Please log onto your music Google classroom, watch the slide show and do the assignment.
March 30 - April 3:
Renaissance Unit Slide show on Google classroom.  Please use the following code to log into your Music Google classroom to complete the lesson and assignment.

Kaschub: Class Code: mh3iohw
Tomko:  Class Code: en3oz4r
Kay: Class Code: i6b5c3c
Byers:  Class Code: qki4lig
Smith:  Class Code: gqwmuu7


Let's have a virtual Talent Show Extravaganza.  Sharpen up your talents and next week, I will ask for video submissions.  This will be so fun!!!!!

Music On-Line learning information
3/16-3/18 2020

K-3 Lab Share with a family member your act you were going to do for Share Day. (explanation below) State your name clearly and introduce your act.  When your act is complete, bow so your audience knows you are done. Using the links below, talk with parents about what it means to be a good audience member. Choose one thing you can do to improve as an attentive, focused, positive audience member.

4-5 Lab  All Students join your specific Music Google Classroom.  Only Kaschub, Byers and Smith's class post a video of your act on Google Classroom by the end of the week to be graded. (Tomko and Fell's class have already had music for this rotation) ALL CLASSES:  Read the Concert Etiquette attachment below and fill out the Concert Etiquette Reflection page and submit on Google Classroom.

Kaschub: Class Code: mh3iohw
Tomko:  Class Code: en3oz4r
Fell: Class Code: i6b5c3c
Byers:  Class Code: qki4lig
Smith:  Class Code: gqwmuu7

Concert Etiquette
Good Audience Talking Points
4-5 Concert Etiquette Reflection

Musical - Please log onto our Google Classroom and complete the reflection piece by the end of the week.  I am so very proud of you marvelous, talented students.  Great job my friends.

Choir  - Join Choir Google Classroom, practice songs and review choreography for "Walk Through Life".  Please check Google Classroom a couple times during the week for updates on what to rehearse and assignments. 
Class Code:  qmc5dci


Share Day in Music Class K-5:  Twice a year, each student will be asked to share an interest or talent that they have with their classmates during their regular music class.  (See schedule below)  They can tell about, do, or show something that is unique or important to them.  Please make sure that your student is prepared to share on their appointed day. Some acts I have seen in the past include:  magic, cup-stacking, bouncing a ball, gymnastics, dancing, karate, singing, reciting a poem.  We will also discuss and practice appropriate audience behavior. 4/5 graders will be graded on their preparedness and supportive, respectful audience behavior.

Congratulations to our Elementary All State Participants!  Way to go Darby, Avery, Amaya, Emily, Wyatt, and Luke.

All State
K/1 Great job on your music program performance. I am so proud of you.  Thank you to Mrs. McDonald and NJHS for coming up with the decorations and to Mr. Roarty for running sound!
k/1 Decoration 
Look at these precious cuties!
K-1 Program



Highlights and Hoorays:

Great Job to my talented Musical Elective students.  You did such an amazing job and I was so proud of each of you.  I am sorry everyone who was planning on coming Friday night wasn't able to view your brilliance.  Darn Virus.