Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Grade Three Winter Choir!

Royal Oak School is excited to offer our Grade Three students the opportunity to join our Winter Choir!  We will meet over the lunch hour on Mondays and Wednesdays from November 20th to December 16th.   

During this time, we will prepare seasonal music to perform on our field trip on December 17th, and at our school's Christmas Carol Assemblies.

Permission Form

The video below was shared with all Grade Three classes on Tuesday, November 12th and the homeroom teachers made permission forms available to interested students at that time.

If your child would like to commit to this club, please sign and return the permission form by Friday, November 15th.

I look forward to sharing this experience with your child!  If you have any questions, please contact me through the school.

Click HERE to listen to
the Winter Choir Invitation!

Ms. Mann

Monday, 11 November 2019

What story does this music tell?

Kindergarten students started the week with the song, You Walk Around, and they decided it would be appropriate to sing it while – you guessed it! – walking around!  But then things grew more complicated.  Responding to pictures of a car, a table, a bath tub and a bed, students generated new (and sometimes surprising!) lyrics and movement patterns for the song. One students asked ”Is it really ok to sleep at school?”

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"Air on a G String"
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Grade One students were excited to begin using their music notebooks this week. After listening to P. Tchaikovsky’s Trepak from the Nutcracker Suite and J.S. Bach’s Air on a G String, each student considered how this music made them feel. How interesting to notice that different people might have different feelings!  Then we analyzed the music, describing the dynamics (how loud is it?) and the tempo (how fast is it?).  Finally, students imagined an image that matched the music and recorded it in their notebooks in pictures and words.

Grade Two students continued using notation to compose and perform short melodies for their peers. As they explored various combinations of so, mi, and do students encouraged to consider whether they preferred big leaps in their music or step-wise motion.  Perhaps it was more interesting to have some repetition followed by a big leap? After a bit more experimentation, students will create, record and perform their final melody.

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"Also Sprach Zarathustra"
I was so proud of our Grade Three students as they performed “Peaceful River” for our Remembrance Assembly on Thursday! Be sure to come and listen to a video of the performance during Student Led Conferences on November 21 and 22. After the big emotions of this performance, it seemed only fitting to follow up with a big piece of music.  So students listened to R. Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, and discussed how the composer created the emotional effect of the music. Click on the link to the left to listen as you read some of our students’ responses.

It feels proud because it starts [with] a crescendo. I imagine a tree growing branches slowly.”

I imagine a T. Rex. roaring off the end of a cliff.

I imagine the sun rising up to the sky!!!

I imagine a super hero flying!

This song makes me feel relaxed and then shocked because first it was piano, then it was forte . . . I imagine someone relaxing then getting chased by a wild animal. Then the guy escapes but the animal finds him, so he runs farther and the animal can’t find him.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Grade Three Practice Video for Remembrance Day

On November 7th, our Grade Three students will be performing a special song as part of Royal Oak School's Remembrance Assembly.  Please click below to sing along with "Peaceful River".

Click HERE to sing along with
"Peaceful River"

Friday, 1 November 2019

Pumpkins, Xylophones and Remembrance Music

Kindergarten students have continued to explore both the steady beat and the rhythm of text using their bodies and playing instruments.  This week, students were introduced to a new instrument called the “spoons”, which look like two wooden spoons glued together! So far, our collection of known percussion includes spoons, jingle taps, drums, rhythm sticks, maracas and shaker eggs. Now students have everything they need to begin retelling stories and poems with instruments!  

Grade One students learned a pumpkin song this week and took turns playing the steady beat on the xylophones to accompany the class’ singing. After each verse, the instrumentalists played a spooky “roll” while their peers swirled into a variety of surprising Jack-o-lantern poses. It was such a fun way to celebrate each individual’s unique idea and to learn from each other!. Students also completed their Hello Everybody project; singing, moving and trading partners over and over until they each finally moved all the way around the circle to find their original partner again. It was great to see the joy on the students’ faces when they discovered that they had come home to their first special friend!  

Grade Two students took some time to explore their new melodic note “do” through movement, written music, singing and playing instruments. After some peer feedback and practice, most classes began the formal process of composing melodies with this new pitch.  Once a partnership had their music written down, they played it for some friends who listened closely and transcribed it onto their own paper. Once everyone agreed on the notes, the four friends celebrated by singing the melody with Curwin hand signs. It’s si interesting to watch students slowly begin to develop their own opinions about which combinations of notes sounds the best!
So                               Mi                              Do

Grade Three students have been putting the finishing touches on the song they will be singing for our Remembrance Assembly on November 7th.  Each class has learned two songs, Peaceful River and I’ve Got Peace Like a River.  The music and movement for each piece is beautiful on its own, but near the end of the performance students will sing both songs at the same time, fitting them together like a musical puzzle.  I’ve been so proud of how seriously our students have been taking this important work, each one doing their best to show respect and gratitude to those who serve in our Armed Forces. 

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Bubble Gum, Peas Porridge and Cereal

Kindergarten students began the week with the best word in the world - their own name.  To the accompaniment of a drum track, each student choose a percussion instrument on which to perform their name. It was a chance to practice playing the rhythm of language as well as to listen to other musicians. Then, after all this hard work we celebrated by singing our Sticky Bubble Gum song. In this silly game, students dance, keep the beat, and figure out how to stick themselves to others in more and more complicated ways. And to top it all off, our pretend gum is always delicious!

Grade One students began learning a greeting song called Hello Everybody. While playing this game our young musicians experience the true purpose of making music, which is to communicate to another person. Even though we have just begun to learn the piece, students are no longer looking at the teacher. Rather they are singing to a partner, shaking hands, and learning how to solve movement challenges on their own. 

Grade Two students reinforced the melodic pitches of so and mi by composing simple melodies and then adding silly, nonsensical lyrics. We then used these same notes to transcribe the traditional song Peas Porridge Hot. Unfortunately, the last note of the song didn't seem to be either a so or a mi. The students noticed it was even lower than the other notes and discovered it was a new pitch called "do". Now they have even more options to play with when composing!

Grade Three students have continued to develop their ability to perform music in two parts. We began with three flavors of cereal - Cheerios, Rice Crispies and Sugar Corn Pops. Students began by checking if they were moving and speaking at the same time as others on their team. Then they began to reach their ears farther to listen for the words spoken by the other team. If all goes well, each musician can hear how their own music fits in with the other piece of music, just like the pieces of a puzzle! Students also took some time to analyze another sample of music, Beethoven's Fur Elise. Click on the link below to listen while reading some of the student's comments.

Click HERE to listen to 
"Fur Elise".
“It feels in my  heart . . . romantic because it is piano and largo. I imagine two people dancing on a soft beach.”

“It makes me feel scared. . . I imagine a boy lost his family and be all alone.”

“It feels calm . . . I imagine petals from flowers flying in the air.”

“It feels peaceful . . . I imagine sleeping on a floating cushion of air.”