All students receive 2 music classes each week with our Music Specialist. As well, there are several opportunities for students to join the various choirs throughout the year. We would like to thank our school council for enhancing our music instruments over the years. We have a great assortment of instruments for students to learn with.
Grade One Music
In music class, the grade one classes will start out the year by learning about beat and rhythm. They will learn how to keep a steady beat using their bodies, while moving, and on instruments. They will also learn to differentiate between their speaking voices and their singing voices through chants and songs. The students will learn to sing with the hand signs for soh and mi, and will learn how to match their singing pitch with the others in the class. Students will also begin to learn about the different families of instruments in the classroom and will learn to play them using the proper playing technique.
Grade Two Music
This term in music, students will learn the difference between beat and rhythm through many simple folk songs, chants, dances, and movement games. They will learn about ostinatos (repeated rhythmic patterns) and will get to play ostinatos on their bodies (with body percussion), with movements, while singing, and on the classroom instruments. As well, the grade two classes will learn to differentiate between their speaking voices and their singing voices. The students will learn to sing with the hand signs for soh, la, mi, re, and doh and will learn how to match their singing pitch with others in the class.
The grade two and four classes will be working together to perform our Christmas musical, entitled “Nanny Claus: The North Pole Nanny.” There will be two performances on Thursday, December 5th, 2019. Hope to see you there!
Grade Three Music
The grade three classes will start out this year by reviewing the grade two notes and rhythms. After our review, the grade threes will discover and learn about all of the different barred instruments in the classroom. They will learn the different pitches of these instruments and will learn how to play them using the proper playing technique. The grade three classes will also continue to develop their singing voices by learning and reviewing the hand signs to the notes soh, la, mi, re, and doh (the pentatonic scale). The students will then learn to play simple patterns and pentatonic scales on the xylophones and metalophones to accompany and improvise their own melodies during simple folk songs. As well, the grade three classes will continue to learn the basic Djembe drum rhythms and playing technique on our African drums.
Grade Four Music
The grade four classes will begin their year in music class by reviewing the basic rhythm patterns and time signatures from grade three. They will continue to learn how to keep a steady ostinato (repeated rhythmic pattern) going on the classroom instruments and through movement. They will continue to develop their singing voices by learning and reviewing the hand signs for singing, and by singing songs in canon and with two or more parts. After this, the grade fours will start to study the recorder and will learn to play with proper tone, hand position, and breathing technique. The students will first learn to play and read the notes, B, A, and G, on the musical staff, and will continue on to learn low E and D.