It has been a very busy quarter for the singers in grades 5 and 6, as well as the grade 5 General Music class.

The General Music class explored the families of instruments: percussion, strings, woodwind, and brass. The students went in depth for the percussion and strings unit, spending time playing African drumming patterns and learning how to play both chords and individual notes on the guitar. We had an in-class recorder performance to begin the woodwinds, and the students were able to practice holding various brass and woodwind instruments. We are moving on to song writing in the second quarter, ready to study melody, harmony, and form.

The Choir singers are learning songs for the upcoming All Choirs Concert on November 26th. Each choir will have three songs to sing, plus combined numbers at the beginning and end of the concert. The dress rehearsal is on November 25th, so mark your calendars!

Choir classes in both 5th and 6th grade are learning how to sight read music – that is, how to sing the notes of a song just by looking at the written music, without hearing the music first. It’s a challenge, but a skill every developing musician should have. The elementary music teachers have done a great job preparing the 5th and 6th grade to move on to the next level of reading music.

Students are also connecting songs to movement to enhance the performance. For a sneak peak at the Grade 5 Choir performance, here’s what we worked out last week: Dona Nobis Movements

I look forward to meeting you at the parent conferences, and at the All Choirs Concert in November!

Middle School Music Update

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