I would like to share with you a list of musical skills and concepts taught throughout the school year which include responding to music, creating music, performing music and connecting music to ourselves and the world around us.
September/October - Singing in harmony through "partner songs", reinforce independent and two part singing habits, study the form of how songs we sing are written, identifying notes on the treble clef music staff, identifying rhythmic notes and how many beats each note receives.
November/December - Program music - how music is written to tell a story - why music is written a certain way - analyze and connect the music to ourselves and the world around us - "Peter and the Wolf", "Sorcerer's Apprentice", "Hall of the Mountain King", "Carnival of the Animals".
January/February - Tempo - the speed of music and how we identify tempo markings in music, begin African Drumming - African Drumming and Dancing Artist in Residence for Barron School will take place in March. Students will study the continent of Africa in their classrooms, while in music they will learn dancing and drumming rhythms, songs, and other musical rituals. Fisk students will not have an Artist in Residence African Drumming Program, however; I will be teaching a unit on African Drumming - all Fisk students will learn African rhythms, songs, games and dances with me.
March/April - Vocal singing technique - singing assessment - pitch, singing in tune with the piano, posture and volume, independent singing, Folk-music - the connection of music (songs) to American history, African Drumming Artist in Residence (Barron).
May/June - Square Dancing/Colonial Contra Dancing, review rhythm, tempo, dynamics, note reading, prepare Memorial Day songs and poems.