Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday, November 19, 2012

October Music Classes

October has been a busy musical month!

 All classes have played Djembes and Tubanos which are also called World Drums.

  •  World Drumming is usually experienced in a Drum Circle.  
  •  Drumming promotes individual & group singing,
  •  creates social-classroom unity, 
  •  establishes a strong circle beat, 
  •  enables each drummer to create their own rhythms 
All 5th Graders have been playing their soprano recorders to "The Blue Magic Wombat".  It's an awesome elementary song based on Santana's  "Black Magic Woman".  Even the guitarist on our Blue Magic Wombat accompaniment CD sounds like Carlos Santana, the renowned rock & roll guitarist!

In addition to playing 3 fun melodies to this song, 5th graders learned various percussion parts on  world drums, cabasa , maraccas, cow bell and tambourine which mirror the Latin percussion instruments to Santana's original recording!

All 5th graders (ALL 4 CLASSES!) will be performing this Latin/Rock piece for our school during our November 28th assembly!


November Music Classes

All FM music classes have been exploring harvest songs during  the month of November. 
All students have experienced:
*playing the beat,
* playing  eighth notes (which we call opposites-POPosites!)
* playing rhythm of the words on xylophones.
* creating their own parts!

  Grade 5 has concentrated on saying and singing in Hebrew. It's been exciting to learn & sing in a different language!
  Grade 4 has played the soprano recorder parts as a class and in small groups of Trios and Quartets.  
  Grade 3 has danced and made up acting parts in a large Harvest Dance Circle