Friday, February 27, 2015

Cold and Snow

February in Wisconsin. This song fragment just tells it like it is. 2nd and 3rd Grade students used this song fragment to explore two different types of form: AB Form and Strophic Form. The most common type of AB Form is the Verse-Chorus Form typically heard in popular music. Strophic Form is a song that has only one theme and repeats with new lyrics each time. This type of song is very common for church hymns. Our national anthem is also in strophic form, however we typically only sing the first verse.

The recordings above focus on dynamics. The version in English is sung at a dynamic of "forte", which means strong or loud. The version in Spanish is sung at the dynamic "piano", which means quiet. In a way, the two recordings played together could represent Strophic Form, as the shape of the melody stays the same, and the change in language represents the new verse.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Visit from the Pedrito Martinez Group

Long time, no post. Well, I'm baaaaaack! On Friday afternoon, we were able to host the Pedrito Martinez Group at Heyer. This is a group that I've been listening to for a couple of years now, and when I found out that they were coming through town, I reached out to see if they could stop by.

Their timeline was so short in between two performances that they didn't have all of their equipment, but they still found a way to give our students a great show. They performed, answered questions from our students, accompanied a song that we sang for them, and then worked with a handful of students to create grooves on conga and cajón. Below is a recording of our performance with them at the assembly, as well as a couple of recordings of the group. Enjoy!