Saturday, September 30, 2017

October 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, music literacy (reading icons/music notation) is reviewed before new rhythms and melody combinations are introduced. Proper playing technique and care for the instruments are also a continued focus.

Students, improve and maintain your singing voice!
• Practice using your speaking voice in different ranges, from very high to very low.
• Practice singing the songs from music class.
• Sing along with your favorite tunes at home.
• When reading short stories sing the dialogue of the characters, changing the quality and pitch accordingly.

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.
Reminder: Gr. 4 & 5 students must have their recorders (inside a protective case) in the music room by the end of October. You will be reviewing the names of lines and spaces of the staff in preparation for independent practice at home and successful ensemble playing in the classroom. We will begin playing recorder the beginning of November.

Elementary Choir will begin Wednesday, February 28, 2018. 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 15, 2018. Look for future announcements!

Private Music Lessons
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 ready. 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. 

Connect with private lessons if you are interested in learning songs on a different instrument!!

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