Spring has sprung! Hooray for flower power! We’ve been celebrating the 1960’s here in the music room as we learn about this important time in our country’s history and prepare for our concert on “Friends and Family Day,” Friday, June 3rd. We started with a slideshow that helped us understand what a tumultuous time the 1960’s were. For starters, the conservative fashions of the 1950’s were replaced with bell bottoms and tie dye T-shirts. Women were wearing mini skirts and “Go Go” boots. It was the time of the Civil Rights Movement, rock-n-roll concerts like “Woodstock” and the Vietnam War. And young people were letting the world know how they felt about all that was going on in our world through music. The times they were “a changin’” for sure!
Through this music, we’ve been exploring song form. The younger grades danced with red scarves during the chorus of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and yellow during the verse. The 4th and 5th graders used percussion instruments to learn about musical phrasing. Kids with drums played the first phrase of “The Times They are A Changin,” followed by kids with different instruments for each phrase. Then we all played together and finally switched instruments during the refrain of “The Times They Are A Changin’.”
As we prepare for our concert, we continue to talk about ‘articulation’ and how important it is for each one of us to use the “tip of the tongue and top of the teeth” to articulate so that the audience can understand us! We are learning how to sing with energy and to never be “louder than beautiful.” This week, in K-3 classes, we will learn about pitch. Kids will identify and move to low pitches and high pitches.
As always, we’ll warm up our voices with chants and movements like “The Grand Old Duke Of York,” “Oliver Twist,” and our newest one, “Jelly in the Bowl” before we sing.
That being said, we should be good and warmed up to sing for you at our concert on Friday, June 3rd, during “Friends and Family Day!” Thanks for tuning in. We look forward to seeing you real soon!