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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day/Feliz Dia de San Patricio


Above are a couple of songs that students learned last week. The first is sung by the 1st Grade "Jungle" group. Originally, it was a rebel song used during the time leading up to the Irish War of Independence in the early 20th century. However, our use focused on the literal meaning of the words, "Oh, welcome home, now that summer is back." Students discussed what they look forward to doing during the summer, and we sang new verses based on those ideas.

The second recording was done by a group of 4th and 5th graders. "Wild Mountain Thyme" is one of my favorite folk songs, and we took time to identify some characteristics about folk music, in general. Students identified that everyone can participate in folk songs; the songs use instruments that are commonly played; they deal with topics that everyone can relate to (ie: love, nature, family); and the songs are learned by ear. These characteristics are true of all folk music no matter where they come from, or how unique the sound.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Congratulations, 5th Grade!

5th Graders performed a great show last night that began with a performance of the "Olympic Fanfare", played on xylophones. With the Winter Olympics having just been held in Sochi, the performance included Russian folk music and dances, as well as the song "My Day" by Danielle Bradbery, which was used in some of NBC's coverage. Each 5th Grade homeroom also had it's own medal ceremony for the 4-person bobsled event that was held in gym class. Thank you Mrs. Lahmann for helping with that! The medal ceremonies included the American and Mexican National Anthems. A video montage was created for each homeroom showing the events from Olympic week in gym class. Below you will find the video for Mr. Sykes' class. The music in the video comes from a movie series that is well-known for using this type of video sequence. Can you name the movie?