• SES Grade 1

    Instructor: Wagner, D.



    Students in kindergarten and  grade 1 have been exploring expressive qualities in music.  We discovered that using loud and soft voices or fast and slow tempos can help tell the story of our songs. Some favorite games include "Mister Bear are You Awake?"  and the "The Old Gray Cat."  Students were able to plan how they would add dynamics and tempo while other students dramatized the story of the song.…

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    SINGING FUN and NOTATION READING Students are working on improving their singing throughout the school year.  We have been learning to activate our sing voices through vocal exploration.  We are also doing a lot of echo singing to learn about matching pitches.  We are also playing singing games.  The student's favorite is a listening game called "Doggie, Doggie, Where's Your Bone?"  Ask your child to sing a song from music class.   Students are also doing many activities which involve simple rhythm reading and writing.  We often use the rhythm of words to connect back to music notation.  Students are learning to listen to a word pattern and see how it would be notated using eighth notes, quarter notes,and…

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  • October/November

    During the months of October and November students will be exploring expressive qualities in music.  Students will have opportunities to use singing, instruments playing, dynamics levels (loud/soft), sound effects, legato (long connected notes), staccato (short notes) to create unique performances.  Students will explore how these elements can be combined to tell the story of the song.  Many students make connections with the music and sound effects used in movies and TV shows.  How would your favorite movie feel different without music and sound effect?  Does the music enhance the story being…

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  • Springbrook Sharing Assemblies

    During the 2016-17 school year there will be four Sharing Assemblies.  A Sharing Assembly is a gathering of all Springbrook students and staff.  At this gathering all students will sing a song that they learned in their music classes.  Also, classroom teachers may choose to share something from their classroom, a poem, song, short presentation. The Sharing Assemblies are limited to 45 minutes in length and typically end with a sing along.   Due to lack of parking, attendance is restricted to one or two grade levels.  The Fall Sharing Assembly will take place on November 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM in the Springbrook Gymnasium.  Parents and families of students in grades 1 and 2 only are invited to attend.  Please be sure to sign in at the main office when you…

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  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 Music Notes

    Welcome to the music classroom.  Students in both kindergarten and grade 1 will work on the steady beat to start the year.  Students will clap, pat. march, and play the steady beat.  We will also explore the many wonderful sounds our voices can make.  Through musical games, students will develop their singing.  We especially focus on matching pitch with the youngest singers.   Ask your child to share a favorite song from music class…

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