Mrs. Larsen's Music Notes

Upcoming Music Events:
Middle School Up Coming Concerts/Events listed in Middle School Section

Kindergarten: Kinders are working on songs to move to. This week they listened to "Trepak" from the ballet The Nutcracker composed by Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky.  Our focus included learning about musical form (AABA). We activated the lesson with scarves. Share a musical moment with your child by downloading this exciting piece of music and listening to it together. To download the recording we used along with other wonderful recordings from NAXOS, visit www.music4you.lorenz.com 




1st grade: First graders are learning about folk dancing and one of the songs they are learning is "Skip to my Lou." Skills for this song include: Skipping on the beat, dancing with a partner, clapping to the beat while singing, and some students will be choosing new partners each verse. Students are also focusing on rhythms with a new rhythm game, "Rhythm Wars" (based on Star Wars).  Students will be able to play: ta, and ti-ti rhythms on an un-pitched instrument. 




2nd Grade: Second graders are learning about folk dancing and one of the songs they are learning is "Skip to my Lou." Skills for this song include: Skipping on the beat, dancing with a partner, clapping to the beat while singing, and some students will be choosing new partners each verse. Students are also focusing on rhythms with a new rhythm game, "Rhythm Wars" (based on Star Wars).  Students will be able to play: ta, ti-ti, ta-a, and, sh rhythms on an un-pitched instrument. 



3rd Grade:  3rd Graders are learning folk dances from early American History like "Skip to my Lou" and "Chicken on the Fence Post." Each song requires different skills including: keeping a steady beat, learning new rhythms, singing correct pitches, and dancing with themselves and with a partner. Students are also focusing on rhythms with a new rhythm game, "Rhythm Wars" (based on Star Wars).  Students will be able to play: ta, ti-ti, ta-a, sh, and tika-tika rhythms on an un-pitched instrument. 




4th Grade:  We are officially re-starting Recorders! This year, students will be progressing on their recorder skills with the Recorder Karate system. Each song played successfully earns a new belt. January 4th-19th belt is White. Students need to play each piece with accurate timing (beat/rhythm), tounging (ask your student!) and pitch (correct notes). When they pass, they will earn a belt to tie on their recorder! White belt song is "Hot Cross Buns". 

***Parents who wish to purchase a recorder for your student to practice at home are welcome to shop around, but I highly recommend these: https://www.peripole.com/items/view/1018 ***

Practice, practice, practice! 

5th Grade: 5th graders are working on creating a new song for our school assemblies. They are working in groups and are competing with each other to come up with one final version that will be our new school rules song. 

******Note to Honor Choir students/Parents. Honor Choir begins soon!! Our first rehearsal date is Saturday, January 27th from 9-11a.m.*****

Middle School Choir: Solo and Ensemble season is here! The next couple of months, Middle School Choir will be working on music for contest and/or solo and ensemble. 
Dates to keep in mind:
Solo and Ensemble will be on Saturday, February 24th (Time TBD) at Kelso High School
MS and HS Spring Concert will be March 6th at the Castle Rock Christian Church at 7PM (Call time is 6:30)
Middle School Contest will be on March 15th at Kalama Middle/High School (Time TBD) 


Can't wait to see you at one of our up-coming Music events!

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Larsen
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Rochelle Larsen,
Nov 19, 2017, 10:53 PM
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