Q2 Report Cards are coming soon in December. Music grades for students in 1st-5th grades will be based on Participation/Effort (20%), Classwork (40%) and Assessments (40%). Kindergarten will be graded with the letters H (High Performance), S (Satisfactory Performance), and N(Needs Improvement). Please contact me if you have any questions.
We've been having fun so far this month as we roll into winter! Only 2 more weeks until break! Kindergarten, First and Second Graders are learning about Singing vs Speaking voices, High, Middle and Low space for movement, and some of the holiday celebrations around the world. We also have continued to explore many of the Unpitched Percussion instruments like the Rattle and Jingle Families. Also, this month, we will be listening to music from the Nutcracker Ballet and doing several fun activities! Many classes have earned their first Game Day for "STAR" Behavior in music class. Here are some cute pictures of some of the students playing the "Museum" game. Check out the slideshow below to see some cool and creative statues and some Kindergarteners dancing to "March" from the Nutcracker.
The Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students have been a JOY to get to know the past three weeks as I began my transition to Alsup! We have been working on classroom rituals and routines, pre-assessing skills, and diving in to our first music units. All of the K-2 students have been learning and participating joyfully in a musical "workout" including the following activities:
1. SING and SAY- Songs, rhymes and rhythm patterns designed to develop "tuneful" singing voices and distinguish between good singing and speaking voices.
2. DANCE- Whole group creative movement and structured dances designed to show "artful" listening and creativity
3. PLAY- "Beatful" instrument exploration and designed to invoke a steady feeling of the beat in groups of 2s and 3s
4. SONGTALE- A story-song sung to the children as they learn to develop artful listening skills).
Later in the year, we will add BEAT BUDDIES and LISTENING to our workout.
Holiday songs play a big part of primary music making as well as traditional folk song favorites. For Thanksgiving, I enjoyed teaching one of my favorite songs "Turkey, Turkey, Where's Your Hair?" to all of the K-2 students. Below are our Kinder students with their completed turkeys! Thank you for your support and I look forward to Winter with these cuties!