Art, Music, PE & Library Blog

May 4, 2017

“Three to Get Ready” ( improvise!)

Jazz & Democracy – “Freedom (to improvise) within a structure, with responsibility to the group.” Dave Brubeck – “Three to Get Ready”  Dave Brubeck was known for experimenting with mixed meter / additive meter in late 50’s and 60’s jazz.  Think “Take Five,” which is in 5/4 meter.  Our class experiments have lately been inspired… View Article

May 4, 2017

The Notes are Right!

Third graders are now able to play the recorder.   Over a series of lessons we moved, sang, and played a well-known Japanese folk song, “Hotaru Koi”  – but we used an English translation – “Come, Come, Firefly..” Then one day we played a concentration gameshow “The Notes are Right!” where students worked diligently to… View Article

April 24, 2017

We Connect to Culture through Music and Dance

Fifth graders were treated to a visit by members of a Balinese Gamelan ensemble, Wahyu Dari Langit, meaning “revelation from the sky”. The style is called Belaganjur, otherwise known as marching gamelan. It was traditionally used in Bali for Hindu cremation ceremonies, usually for several village members who have recently passed, involving a procession. The instruments… View Article

April 14, 2017

National School Library Month

April is National School Library Month.  What better way to celebrate than sharing with you some of the wonderful work we are doing in library class?  From 1st grade through 5th grade, we’ve explored books about the power of imagination, the joy of reading, and the ways that libraries transform lives and communities. We are… View Article

April 13, 2017

4B Musicians of the Moment

Julian Benjamin Nigel Kais Alan Aaron Riley Sidonie Gwen Lucia Hina Harper Maia Kylie Midori Julia On Thursday, April 6, music group 4B arrived to Stearns Hall just beautifully.  We spent no time waiting for Green Zone readiness.  Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Fluent. The class began immediately with a mature discussion about jazz elements, how… View Article

April 4, 2017

PreK Visiting Artist 🙂

Today PreK had a special performance by Rick Huddle. He came to help us wrap up our collaborative unit about How We Express Ourselves. His musical performance also highlighted how each person is a superhero and can help their friends and families with their special abilities like kindness, problem-solving skills and friendship. 

April 4, 2017

5th Grade – Architectural Design Unit

Hello All,The 5th graders have completed their Architecture Unit after several months of brainstorming, research, practice design plans and finally their completed blueprints of their own dream home. These plans show students’ creativity and ability to think outside the box to create functional and interesting architectural plans.    Our students use architectural symbols, speaking the… View Article

April 3, 2017

First Day Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break!  I thought I would try to get back in the swing of things (and hopefully help myself to start posting more often) by showing some pics of what the music room looked like on our first day back. There is at least one picture from PK-1st graders… View Article

March 15, 2017

3rd Grade – Recorders are out of the BAG.  

3rd graders are now able to get a good tone with their soprano recorders, and they can self-correct if the tone is not sounding the way they want. Starting first with improvisations, they are now finishing their small group collaborative recorder compositions using B-A-G.   Recorder improvisations take place using musical questions and answers, where… View Article

March 13, 2017

4th Graders Explore Jazz Rhythms in Music

How is Jazz like Democracy?  Freedom within an agreed upon Structure.   “But you have to LISTEN to each other… I mean, that’s the point!” – Sandra Day O’Connor 4th graders exploring Jazz rhythms.  Our entry point for learning a Miles Davis piece, “So What” is through creative movement within a set structure.   We then dropped… View Article

March 13, 2017

Capoeira Master Visits 5th Grade Music!

Dilaho-Capoeira Master visited 5th grade music classes to teach “We Connect to Culture through Music and Dance”. Capoeira is a dance form incorporating martial arts elements, originating in Brazil as a system of physical discipline and movement.