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Friday, January 17, 2014

This week in Music Class...

Greetings from the most musical place in the building! Here's a recap of our week in Music class:

Our 5th grade students are doing a short unit on voice range- being able to identify singers as Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass. To help them learn more about each vocal range, I shared a clip from the CSO website in which professional soloists sing in Italian, along with the CSO and Symphony Chorus. See the link below for the full performance. The portion I shared begins at about 33:00, and continues until about 38:00.
Verdi Requiem:Chicago Symphony Orchestra

One of our very creative and humorous 5th graders made this statement during class on Wednesday. We had just been watching a video clip of Ricardo Muti conducting the Verdi Requiem at the CSO.
Student:"I feel sorry for anyone who has a conductor for a dad!"
Teacher: "Why?"
Student: "Because if he made you a sandwich, it would be really messy!"
We all had to laugh at that one! Mr. Muti is very expressive in his conducting style, so imagine him trying to spread peanut butter or mayo on a slice of bread!

Fourth grade classes are learning about Tempo, including Italian terminology, such as Largo (Very Slow), and Presto (Very Fast). I shared a fun video from MusicK8kids.com called Presto / Largo.
Presto / Largo video

Third grade classes learned a singing game that will allow me to assess their singing voice. They also had fun singing and playing a recorder counter melody on G & A to "Rockin' Robin" from their Making Music textbooks.

Our 2nd grade classes started a unit on instrument families of the orchestra. I shared the wonderful book "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" by John Lithgow, and they were introduced to "Luigi's Baton- The Orchestra Family Reunion" in Music Express magazine. These two resources are great for helping the students learn the sounds of the orchestra!

MA 1/2 and First grade classes continued learning the songs for their upcoming concert. They are off to a great start! The concert is February 25th.

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Berger ./`

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