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MUSIC - Grades PreK - 5

April 2022

This past month we have focused on reading and listening to different rhythmic patterns and how to correctly write them.  We have watched professional musicians use only rhythm to create an entire show, with no singing and no talking.  Going forward this month, we will be focusing on the melodic elements of music and different ways that we can create music using more than just rhythm.

Mrs. Natalie McArdle

MUSIC - Grades 6 -8

February 2022

Each class consists of learning music theory, singing, and ringing handbells.

1. Music Theory. Students continue to review music theory terms, adding new terms each week, including: staff; bar line; measure; counting pieces with measure numbers; whole, half, quarter and eighth notes; time signatures: 6/8 4/4 3/2 2/4; text & tune; lines & spaces; treble & bass clef; meaning of "numerator: and "denominator" of time signatures; repeat sign; first and second endings; D.S. al Coda; Coda; treble clef FACE; bass clef ACEG; relationships of whole/half/quarter/eighths; solfege

2. Singing. Students apply theory knowledge as we sing various songs, including: Galop (for solfege); For the Beauty of the Earth (and other hymns for use in church); Catch the Rhythm(to apply repeats with D.S. al coda, etc.)      

3. Ringing: Students also apply theory by ringing handbells, including several techniques such as tower swings; martellato; shake; ring touch; malletts; "J hooks." Each class will be working on unique piece:

          6th Grade Girls: Celtic Farewell 
          6th Grade Boys: Joyful, Joyful 
          7th Grade Girls: Shenandoah 
          7th Grade Boys: My Lord, What a Morning 
          8th Grade Girls: Carol of the Bells; Canon in D
          8th Grade Boys: For the Beauty of the Earth

 Mr. Timothy Socha



Mission statement:

The goal of the general Music curriculum is to provide students with the skills they need to be active participants in music. Students will learn the fundamentals of music, basic music theory and history through an interactive program. Through the use of games, songs and movement activities, students will learn the skills they need to create their own music. Students will be encouraged to create their own music by contributing ideas for class vocal and instrumental pieces. Students will also learn the vocabulary needed to critique music from many different genres, cultures, and time periods. It is our hope to instill an appreciation and enjoyment for music that students will carry with them through all of elementary school, junior high and beyond

Mrs. Natalie McArdle PreK 4 - Gr. 5 & Mr. Tim Socha Grades 6 - 8 - Music