We are already starting week 4 of our “Making Music Together” theme.

Week 2 focused on contrasts. Students learned about tempo (fast/slow), volume (piano/forte), staccato/legato, and steady beat/rest. They also learned about and heard music from the composer of the week: Giovanni Gabrieli.

Week 3 focused on rhythm. Students learned about rhythmic notation, rhythmic dictation, and dividing beats. At math time, a number of them also explored fractions and note values (whole, half, fourth, eighth). The composer of the week was Johann Sebastian Bach.

Week 4 focuses on pitch. Students will experiment with their voices, with glockenspiels, and with boom-whackers; they will also build the staff. The composer of the week is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Each week, one exploration period is devoted to instruments practice and rehearsals.

With all the essential concepts introduced, week 5 will focus on making music together, using glockenspiels, boom- whackers, and the recorders from Juniper’s guild. The composer of the week will be Ludwig van Beethoven.

Guest speakers

Adam Berkowitz visited Magnolia last Thursday.

Brian Hall (from the FAMU Music Department) will be visiting this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. to present and demonstrate a series of string instruments.

Music matters

Florida Standards on Music include the following statements:

  • Connections among the arts and other disciplines strengthen learning and the ability to transfer knowledge and skills to and from other fields.
  • Creating, interpreting, and responding in the arts stimulate the imagination and encourage innovation and creative risk-taking.
  • Development of skills, techniques, and processes in the arts strengthens our ability to remember, focus on, process, and sequence information.
 

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