Grade 3 Recorders and Reading Music
Wow, what a busy January! We have discussed the staff, and how each line and space on the staff has its own pitch. We know the pitch of a staff by looking at the clef - if it is a treble clef (or G clef) it is high pitch, if it is a bass clef it is low pitch. Each pitch is given its own letter from the musical alphabet. Ask your student how many letters are in the musical alphabet!
If students are interested in practicing reading music and testing their knowledge of the treble staff at home, here are a few games to try!
Treble Staff Spelling
Name That Note
Recorders went home last week. Students are welcome to play recorders (with parent permission) at home and practice to earn belts at school. The 'White Belt' song is Hot Cross Buns. The music is included below!
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Oh the weather outside is getting frightful, so it must be time for our Winter Concert! Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 are proud to present Flakes! There are four different performances - one on Wednesday, December 11 evening, and one show during the day on December 12. Please have your student to school 20 minutes before their show. Write these dates in your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
Wednesday, December 11
Thursday, December 12
Early Show (5:30pm)
Early Show (10:30am)
Late Show (7:00pm)
Late Show (2:00pm)
Wow! What a busy month! This month students were coming back to school and starting to learn songs and ideas that will be coming up throughout the year. The first song all students learned was O Canada. There was an important phrase change in February that all students became aware of. Ask your student which words changed!
Grade 1 and 2: We were focusing on finding and following a beat (or 'pulse'), and how the beat can change! Students located the pulse in their own bodies and then found it in different songs. Students then practiced playing a beat in various body percussion, using their feet and in their hands. Some of the favourite songs have included 'Fred the Moose', 'Princess Pat', 'Mama Tawga' and 'Hello Everybody'. Students will be challenged to find and follow a beat in a variety of ways through the year, especially as we start preparing for the K-2 Winter Concert!
Grade 3: We were focused on finding and following a beat in the song 'Mama Tawga', as well as identifying different song forms. Some of these song forms included repeating songs and rounds. Students sang nonsense songs and songs in other languages, as well as being challenged to sing a repeating song with actions while increasing the tempo. Some favourite songs included 'Mama Tawga', 'Mama Llama' and 'Bim Bum'. Grade 3's are also beginning to prepare for their Remembrance Day performance which will include many of the elements practiced so far!