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Mr. Berger and Ms. Dudlak are glad you're here! Check back often for updates and info about our Westgate music program. Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Dudlak can be reached at jdudlak@sd25.org. Follow Mr. Berger on Twitter! @WEMusic160

Friday, September 27, 2013

Music Activities- Week of September 23-26

Welcome to a new week here at Westgate! Listed below are some of the activities we have been doing in Music class this week. Can you feel the fun? 

5th grade: Our focus this week was listening to songs in Major and Minor keys. Students will soon be tested on their ability to hear the difference between major and minor tonality. We talked about major sounding happy, joyful, triumphant, and excited, while minor sounds sad, spooky, mysterious, or mournful. Students listened to "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" by American composer George M. Cohan (Major),  the American folk song, Erie Canal,  and a Venezuelan folk song, El Carite- in both major and minor. We are also learning to sing in canon form with Autumn Canon.

4th grade: Our focus has been canon singing, cowboy songs and playing a recorder ostinato. Students sang a three part round to the English tune, "Ah, Poor Bird", and learned a pattern to play as an ostinato with the cowboy song "Streets of Laredo"and "El Rancho Grande". Any 4th graders who haven't brought their recorders to school need to do so as soon as possible. Thanks!
Students singing a three part round (trio) to "Ah, Poor Bird". 

3rd grade: Last week, students learned a sea shanty called "John Kanaka"and played a bordun pattern on xylophones & metallophones while doing a partner dance. This week, we learned a new shanty called "Turn the Glasses Over", and played a cup passing game. I made a video to help our students learn the cup passing game. Here it is!

Students also experienced a partner song, putting "This Old Man" together with "Michael Finnegan" which created a nice harmony! A recorder order form was sent home, so please return it as soon as possible so we can place our order. Thank you! Recorder Order form

2nd grade: Our 2nd grade students are busy learning songs for their upcoming concert, which will be on October 29th at 7:00pm in the Westgate Commons. The theme is Character Counts, so all of our songs will be about helping others, being a good friend, and practicing good character.

1/2 Multi-Age and 1st grade: We have been learning all about LOUD (Forte) and soft (piano). I shared several listening examples, including "Morning" by Edvard Grieg, and students created movements that matched the music! Some were flowers blooming, while others were woodland creatures and birds. We also marched around the room to "The Parade Came Marching", and I read them the book "Suddenly!" by Colin McNaughton to practice loud and soft.

What a busy week we've had! And what beautiful weather, too! Enjoy your weekend.

Mr. Berger ./`

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