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Ms. McDonough's UA Class: Week of 2/1-2/5

K - 2 Activities

We are going to revisit pitch for the month of February.


Have fun reviewing the music scale with it’s pitches that go from low to high.  Each pitch has its own musical hand signal. Singing with pitches and hand signals is called Solfege.  Watch Mrs. Moldoff’s video and review your solfege hand signals.

In November we learned a song called Do Re Mi using our solfege pitches and hand signals.  Let’s sing it now! Watch the video and sing along!

Let’s practice singing solfege together.  Watch Mrs. Moldoff below and echo her.

3 - 5 Activities

Theme and Variation

Theme and Variation is a style of music in which a composer  (someone who writes) music takes a tune or theme and then repeats it several different ways. Many composers wrote pieces which are examples of Theme and Variations. Sometimes the theme is one they made up, at other times they took a theme that another composer had already written and then made variations on it. Please watch the video below.


Listen to Charles Ives Variations on America Please think about the TEMPO (speed) and DYNAMICS(volume) and the INSTRUMENTS you hear as you listen to this piece of music. Think about how these qualities of music HELP YOU MAKE A CONNECTION TO THE PIECE.

What about the music makes you feel or think a certain way? When you listen, are you reminded of something?  The piece has an Introduction and ends with a Grand Finale!

For More information about Charles Ives, listen to this wonderful story called “What Charlie Heard”

It shows how Charles persevered writing his own music even if people didn’t like his music.  He taught people how to open up their ears to a new kind of music and give it a chance.  One of his most famous pieces of music was Variations on America”.

What Charlie Heard