January is traditionally the time when we look back at what we've accomplished and look forward to all the new and exciting things we'll be doing, so here goes....
I hope everyone had a great break. In December, students in both Odyssey and Mosaic programs had a chance to share with their parents some of what they’ve learned, and everyone did a great job. I am so proud of how hard everyone worked, and the 1st graders even performed a piece written for 4th graders!
During the first part of the year, K-2 students worked on learning basic rhythm patterns, the pentatonic scale (do-re-mi-so-la), musicianship, movement, listening, and improvisation. Students in grades 3-5 learned syncopation, note names, Dorian/Doric mode and also played some pieces with pretty complicated arrangements.
During the rest of the year, students in grades 3-5 will sing multiple-part canons; create instrumental introductions, codas, and contrast; learn 4/8, 3/8 and 6/8 meter; and continue to work on syncopation (it takes time for some of this to really take hold!). K-2 students will create their own pieces using simple rhythms, take rhythmic dictation, and play and sing two-part canons.
I look forward to the rest of the year being a lot of fun and to the students continuing to progress in their musicianship.
I am thrilled to be returning to Commodore and am looking forward to creating, playing and enjoying music with your students this year!
Commodore Studentswill explore a variety of experiences designed to build their knowledge, engage their creative thinking, and develop their musical skills inareas that will enhance their academic and artistic education.
Activities you can expect:
Singing / Singing Games / Part-Singing
Movement / Stylized / Structured / Dance / Student Created
Beat / Meter / Moving, Listening, Reading, Improvising