Specials News ~ Music
Highlights from the Bacon Music Room
Kindergarteners have been starting to get ready for their Spring Kindergarten Showcase Concert which will be held on May 23, 2019 at 2:30 PM in the Bacon Elementary Gym. Our theme is Spring Sounds of Moo-sic! and we have been learning many different types of music about the farm, animals, and our beautiful world in the springtime. We hope you will be able to join us for our concert!
First Graders have been learning about melody and learned our first two notes of solfege: sol and mi. We have experienced melody through singing and playing xylophones, and students took our new knowledge to the creation level by composing their first songs.
Second Grade have also been expanding knowledge of melody with a new note: do. We used do in our new 2nd grade level composing projects and we tried our songs on different instruments. We also are spending time learning about the instruments families of the orchestra. We are going to continue practicing what we know and are getting ready to learn about sixteenth notes before the end of the year.
Third grade spent most of second trimester learning how to play the recorder. Students worked hard to learn how to decode musical notation and instrument fingerings at the same time in order to learn how to play folk songs at increasing levels of difficulty through a program called Recorder Karate. The beautiful thing about this system is that each student works at their own pace and level, with working to help others at the same time! We also have learned about major and minor music, and we just composed major songs for the recorder. We will continue to play our recorders, explore different ways to create and read music, and play ukulele before the end of the year.
Fourth grade also spent some of the second trimester playing recorders, but this year students worked to play and sing difficult pieces of music as we prepared for our concert on March 14, 2019. We also have learned about syncopated rhythms in music through singing and instrument playing. We will wrap up our year by getting out our ukuleles again and learning the basics of piano.
Fifth grade completed their unit on the guitar. Students have learned G, C, D, Em, A, E, and Am chords on their guitars and had many experiences practicing as a class, in small groups, partners and individually. For their assessment, students were able to choose a song to learn at a difficulty of their choice to perform for the class. It was so exciting to see how much these students grew in just a couple of months! We will wrap up the year with students working on a final music project centering around...whatever they are interested in learning about music! Each student gets to choose if they would like to do a presentation or performance, create a goal and a checklist for what they need to complete, and then we will do classroom presentations at the end of April. Some are forming bands, some are researching music artists, and some are writing their own songs, and many more variations. We will end the year by experiencing what it is like to play in a Modern Band, and students will get to experience playing the same song on the different parts: guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, ukulele, and vocals. This will be a culmination of our work in music and I wish these students all the best in their future musical endeavors!