• Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    Posted by Jill Plenge on 1/9/2014


     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.

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  • Welcome

    Posted by Jill Plenge on 8/26/2013 11:00:00 AM
    I am thrilled to be returning to Commodore and am looking forward to creating, playing and enjoying music with your students this year!
    Commodore Students will explore a variety of experiences designed to build their knowledge, engage their creative thinking, and develop their musical skills in areas 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
    Rhythm / Reading / Writing / Composing (Creating) / Performing
    Melody / Pitch matching / Reading / Writing / Composing / Performing
    Instruments / Small Percussion / Classroom Ensembles / Student Composition / World Music
    Arts Integration / Literature (storytelling) / Visual Art / Drama
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