Fourth Graders have been developing their individual skills which then add to the ensemble work of the entire class. Vocal skills, Rhythmic speech, Creative Movement, and Kinesthetic body percussion skills are the foundations for fine motor instrumental work and notation reading and writing.
Come participate in a music class! These will not be performances - you will be expected to sing, dance, learn, and play along with your child! Because the activities we do in class ask a great deal of personal risk-taking by the children, I ask that you do not record video of the experience. Step in, join hands, and you will take a better memory with you. Please come dressed prepared to sit on the floor as well as move around a bit. If you can't make this one, don't worry, I will also open an Informance class in the Spring.
One group composed an arrangement with this idea - rearranging the meter to be: 222, 444, 666, 888, 777, 555, 333, 111 - with each repeated meter played by a different instrument group - Basses, Metals, Alto xylophones.
The recorder part will be 'changed' by the kids themselves in small groups as they notate their own note decorations to the basic melody. We are using iPads with NotateMe installed. This app has earned my "music app skeptic" seal of approval. It reads your handwritten notation and prints it above in clear notation. If your notation handwriting is not written clearly, the app simply doesn't print it yet.
(All instruments, music department technology hardware and software, professional workshop fees, and source materials are purchased through Run for the Arts funds. Thank you for your continued support of the Art and Music program at TIS.)
(Ask your child: Your child should know their ABC group, and their Recorder #)
Here is the simple recorder melody that we have been reading -
"...Happy I Be, Happy I Be, when the changeling blood runs green in me..."