Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Music Notes

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This month, students are continuing to explore their inner-musician through play, movement, singing, and playing instruments. In these activities, new rhythms and melody combinations are introduced. For grades 4 and 5, proper recorder playing technique will be the focus as student explore new melodies within the ensemble.

Young Musicians
If you take private lessons, here is an opportunity to perform a favorite piece for your class. The week before Winter Break, there will be time during your Music class to perform for us. Be sure it is well practiced and prepared. Feel free to bring sheet music if you need it, and if possible, tell us the name of the piece and its composer. If it is an instrument you can carry, bring it to the Music room before school begins on your Music day.

Grades 4 and 5
By now you should have a recorder in the Music Room. As part of your music understanding of notation and learning proper recorder technique, practice is expected on a regular basis; on average, 10 - 15 minutes a day at home should be adequate. Grade 5 students; if you were here last year, find your yellow recorder book for a practice resource. Everyone else will be issued new recorder books in Music class.

With your family, settle on a practice time and place, where you can focus on your music. While playing, the left hand should be at the top of the instrument and the tone should be even.  If the sound is shrill or squeaking, you may be blowing too hard or not completely covering the holes shown on the finger chart (check the front of the recorder book).  Stand in front of a mirror and check your finger placement.

Elementary Choir will begin Sunday, March 5, 2017. This ensemble is for all boys and girls in Grades 4 and 5, and although it may seem a long way off, students won't want to miss this opportunity to sing together, learn new songs, and maintain a healthy singing voice. This After-School Activity will meet every Sunday and Wednesday until the Grade 4/5 Concerts on May 16, 2017. Look for future announcements!

Attending CAC Concerts
As you and your family go to concerts this year, consider what is appropriate behavior when attending performances in the CAC Theater. Click on The Ten Rules of Concert Etiquette so you and the rest of the audience can enjoy the next concert or drama production. Also share The Ten Rules of Concert Etiquette for Adults with your parents.

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