This week I was inspired to share information about several prolific composers from Russia, including Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Our 3rd-5th grade students experienced Russian folk melodies and viewed several YouTube video clips. (See links below) We also did some rhythm work on the drums, playing along with "Russian Sailor's Dance" by Russian composer Reinhold Gliere, and "Trepak" from the Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky.
Finale of 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee on Accordion
"Trepak" from The Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky
The Drum Unit continues!
2nd grade classes played "Rhythm Rockets", while our 1st and MA 1/2 classes made final preparations for their concert on Tuesday.
Students mark their 'rocket' to show which of 8 rhythm patterns Mr. Berger played for them. Great rhythm assessment! (Sometimes, I trick them by playing a pattern that isn't on the card!!)
|Students quiz each other on the rhythms, too!|
|Rehearsing for our concert on the stage!|
Two popular games we play during the drum unit are "Monster Pattern" and "Hide the Cow". Meet our mascots, Rhythm Monster and Celebration Cow!
Hide the Cow is like "Hot/Cold" games. One student hides the cow somewhere in the music room, and another has to find it by listening to the dynamic level (loud/soft) of the drums being played by their classmates. It gets pretty loud when they're close to finding the cow!