Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Children of the World"

Hello K/1 Parents,

Below is a link to a recording of "Children of the World", a song students will be singing at next week's concert. There are some difficult words in the song, and this will provide an opportunity for additional practice.

Thank you,
Mr. Ziegler

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

Music has taken a baseball theme in 2nd grade. Students listened to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" and found that there is much more to the song than what we hear at Miller Park. Students are learning the words "verse" and "chorus" to describe the different sections of the song. We are also organizing class in to a baseball diamond, with different activities taking place at each "base." Some of the activities relate to the song, and others help the students become more comfortable reading the treble clef staff.

Below is a recording of the entire song. Did you know about Katie Casey?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The 4th and 5th graders have been learning about "groove." A groove is a combination of simple rhythms to form a repeating pattern. A great example of a groove instrument is the drum set. It's easy to think of the drum set as one instrument, but it is really 6 or 7 instruments being played by one person. Each part of the drum set sounds a rhythmic idea that allows space for others sounds. When combined together you get the traditional rock, swing, or hip-hop grooves that we hear in music.

The 4th and 5th graders transcribed the groove of "Happy" by Parrell Williams; then composed their own. They also completed a Groove Assessment, in which they had to identify rhythms being played. An example is below. Can you find which rhythm is being played in the video; and, which instrument is playing it?