RDS Music Notes

Ravine Drive School Music Newsletter #3, June 2016

First Grade folk songs!

First grade students have been practicing half notes and singing multiple verses in various folk songs. Our first song, "Punchinella," is a fun game song with four verses, named after a funny Italian puppet. We sang and acted out each verse, copying the movement of Punchinella in the middle of circle.

Ms. Fico's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/oy2jetdz7c8lmjc/3_Fico_Punchinella.m4a

Mrs. Barry/Mrs. Fisco's classes: http://www.mediafire.com/download/7ayumj9n4x3qv7q/3_Barry_Punchinella.m4a

Mrs. Kapadia's class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/b457hx0dog9ybm9/3_Kapadia_Punchinella.m4a
We also learned the song "Bluebird, Bluebird", which helped us to learn to identify and sing skips in music, including high "do." Each student chose a different bird to act out while they flew through the "windows" (student arms) as we sang.

Mrs. Buchannan's Class singing "Bluebird": http://www.mediafire.com/download/1ehte1i16lv1toc/3_Buchanan_Bluebird_.m4a

Mrs. Fico's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/v18yzz8g5fjkg37/3_Fico_Bluebird.m4a

Our third song was, "Hunting We Will Go," about a little fox we caught in a box "and then we let him go." Students worked with small groups or partners to create fun rhyming verses that we eventually sang while we played the circle game.

Ask your child to teach you each of these three songs and the games that accompany them. We had a great time practicing our pitch matching and learning while having fun!

Mrs. Fico's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/k5bb4a3hdj8c0a2/3_Fico_Hunting.m4a

3rd Graders Meet The March King!

3rd grade students studied the American composer, John Philip Sousa. We learned many interesting facts about Sousa, including his nickname, "The March King," because he wrote over 100 marches. Sousa also invented the sousaphone, a brass instrument used in marching bands. We took turns imagining what our instrument would be called if we invented one, using our last names with the suffix "phone." We performed with tennis balls to various rhythm durations to Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" as we practiced whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes. We also learned that "Stars and Stripes" is the national march of the USA and colored a listening glyph of Sousa to practice our analytical skills as we determined elements of music we heard in "Stars and Stripes Forever" march.

Kindergarten students are music reading ready!

Kindergarteners are continuing their study of the music staff and note reading on "sol" and "mi" pitches. We celebrated St. Patrick's Day but helping Mr. Leprechaun gather his gold as we sang various notation patterns on the music staff. We learned four new memory songs, "See Saw", "Hey Hey Look at Me", "Rain Rain", and "Bee Bee Bumblebee". We made seesaws with our bodies and our partners for "See Saw".

In "Hey Hey Look at Me," we practiced the song with three versions. Our favorite one was, "Hey Hey Look at Me, Make yourself look just like me" as we took turns creating funny movements for our classmates to imitate.

Mrs. Doyle's Class "Hey Hey": http://www.mediafire.com/download/v7v77osi9r637ye/3_Doyle_Hey_Hey.m4a

Ms. Lenihan's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/digzx66vbvr2rsx/3_Lenihan_Hey_Hey.m4a

We made a rain storm with body percussion (and lights) when we learned "Rain Rain" and we played a duck duck goose style singing game while we learned "Bee Bee Bumblebee". We had so much fun learning our new songs!

Once we learned the melody of each memory song and were able to sing it well, we learned how to read and perform the steady beat, read and perform the rhythms, and finally, to sing the song while reading notation on the music staff using our solfege hand signs.

Click the link below to hear classes singing!

Mrs. Morrissey's class warming up: http://www.mediafire.com/download/pstce62xanhci6f/3_Morrisey_warmup.m4a

3rd grade Closet Key

3rd graders are doing an incredible job reading music. Our first memory song of the year is Closet Key, which introduces the "re" note. We are now able to sightsing music using the notes, "do" "re" "mi" "sol" and "la." We learned the song, "Closet Key" and played the singing game using a key tied to a string. This game was a lot of fun and is often requested again and again! It helped us to practice inner hearing and pitch matching while concentrating on moving (and hiding) the key on a string as we passed it around the circle. One we had mastered the song, 3rd graders completed dictation, which allowed them to clap and write rhythms, solfege and notation on the staff from memory. I am so impressed with the number of 3rd graders who are working independently writing their memory songs. We have such a musical 3rd grade this year!

Click the links below to hear 3rd grade classes singing!

Mrs. Bruder's Class warming up: http://www.mediafire.com/download/rf30g29rb5owpga/3_Bruder_Warmup.m4a

Mrs. Bruder's Class singing "Closet Key": http://www.mediafire.com/download/8waa2kzchpj8pmi/3_Bruder_Closet_Key_game.m4a

Ms. Schultz's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/e4aht9rdc55vzqd/3_Schultz_Closet_Key.m4a

Mrs. Thomson's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/puxmn4kxl76h2db/3_Thomson_Closet_Key.m4a

Instrument families of the orchestra

All students are learning about instruments of the orchestra. Grade K and 1 students are introduced to sounds of instruments of the orchestra and work with partners to describe elements of music that they hear in each instrument sound. Kindergarten uses the terms, fast/slow, loud/soft, high/low. First graders use presto/largo, forte/piano, and high/low and all students identify colors (timbre) of each sound in order to help them to remember the sounds of each instrument.

Grades 2 and 3 are classifying instruments into families; brass, percussion, woodwind, and string. We listened to various instruments and their sounds and discussed similarities and differences of each. Second grade computer students completed the free website, "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra," an interactive website and game to help students to better learn about the instruments of the orchestra. Second graders are also learning about Russian composer, Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," a story told though the orchestra in which each character has a different motif played by a different instrument.

Grade 3 classes enjoyed a scavenger hunt game called "Write the Room" as they searched the classroom to find various hidden instruments before naming them and placing them in their correct instrument families.

Happy note wristbands

You might have noticed your child with a music wristband instead of a happy note during the second half of the school year. We traded in hand written happy notes for wristbands, because sometimes change can be very exciting! In order to become a "Happy note student of the week", students must participate throughout class and give their best effort. Although most of our students perform like happy note students each week, to keep it special, I usually choose between one and three students who stand out in class each week to reward with a happy note or a bracelet. Those students become helpers or student class leaders the following week.

Listen as a "Happy Note" 3rd grade student from Mrs. Bruder's class leads the class in analyzing Solfege Karate before singing it as a class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/vd1vxlsrd9dg9k3/3_Bruder_student_leader.m4a

1st Grade Composers

First grade students have also begun composing their own songs. Once they titled their piece, they wrote rhythms and a melody using "sol", "mi" and "la" notes on the music staff. Some very ambitious students even decided to write lyrics to their songs. This was our first experience with composing music and we are very excited to learn this skill.

3rd Grade Meter and Alabama Gal

3rd grade students have been learning about time signatures and meter, which ties in nicely to math concepts. We performed the very funny song "An Old Austrian" in a meter of 3, learned to place barlines where they belong in each measure using our math skills, learned to conduct in a meter of 2, 3 and 4, and played meter tag, stepping on the strong beat and patting their laps on the weak beats.

Mrs. Thomson's Class "An Old Austrian": http://www.mediafire.com/download/o3gwo2xggpfy35r/3_Thomson_An_Old_Austrian.m4a

3rd graders also learned an American folk song and dance, "Alabama Gal." After learning about the song, the lyrics and practicing it, we performed it in a Virginia Reel Line Dance. We had a great time learning this song!

Mrs. Thomson's Class "Alabama Gal": http://www.mediafire.com/download/7h0dajzxxh4eqk6/3_Thomson_Alabama_Gal.m4a

Our final 3rd grade activity of the year will be "Fooba Wooba John" where students will learn about whole rests and will compose their own lyrics to this funny rhyming song.

Here is Ms. Wetjen/Ford's class learning "Fooba Wooba John" (they did a great job considering how tired they were after their Luau!): http://www.mediafire.com/download/bjrz34ugsl5p3lc/3_Wetjen_Ford_Fooba_Wooba.m4a


3rd Grade Students continue to work on Solfege Karate. All 3rd grade classes are currently on Level 4.

Mrs. Bruder's 3rd grade Class practicing Solfege Karate level 3: http://www.mediafire.com/download/60zabfe02dzo25t/3_Bruder_Solfege_Karate_Level_3.m4a

Mrs. Thomson's Class singing black belt in level 3 Solfege Karate: http://www.mediafire.com/download/g34agaj4obccvog/3_Thomson_Black_Grade_3.m4a

Mrs. Thomson's Class green belt level 3 Solfege Karate: http://www.mediafire.com/download/zovjz8mik03fyog/3_Thomson_Green_Level_3.m4a

Mrs. Thomson's Class student warmups: http://www.mediafire.com/download/mxedapx7kj63jsd/3_Thomson_individual_Warmups.m4a

Composers, Composers!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven were two of our composers we studied this Spring. Both composers lived around the same Classical time period but have very different life stories.

Grade 1 students studied Mozart's "Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," which put us in a sad mood with its minor key. We moved with scarves to the "Moonlight Sonata" to demonstrate it's largo (slow) tempo.

Grade 2 students studied Mozart's "Symphony No. 40" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5", and enjoyed a parody on the 5th Symphony called, "Beethoven's Wig," a cartoon song designed to help us to remember the theme of the 5th Symphony.

Grade 3 students listened to and analyzed Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9", which he wrote when he was entirely deaf. All classes had great discussions about the composers' music and lives.

1st and 2nd Grade Form

(Image shows students tracing lines with their hands and voices as a warmup while a student leader conducts students through the exercise)

1st graders learned all about form in music. We learned that form is just a pattern. We learned and played the singing game to "Gilly Good Morning" and decided it was in ABA form since the beginning and end were the same. We learned about call and response form with the songs, "Ham and Eggs" which we sang while we popped up and down when it was our turn to sing, and the fun movement song "Oh My Aunt Came Back." Then, it was our turn to lead the class in the African game song, "Kye Kye Kule." We took turns singing the "Call" parts while the class sang the "Responses" and we each took a turn playing a drum rhythm which the class echoed during the response.

Ms. Fico's Class singing "Ham and Eggs": http://www.mediafire.com/download/af45oqybe3byh54/3_Fico_Ham_And_Eggs.m4a

Mrs. Barry's Class warming up with Mr. Feirabend's Sound Story, "The Airplane Ride": http://www.mediafire.com/download/14rdg7tcspggi09/3_Barry_Airplane_Ride.m4a

Mrs. Buchannan's Class Kye Kye Kule student solo: http://www.mediafire.com/download/a9ke6uxhd6g6dau/3_Buchanan_Kye_Kye_Kule_student_leader.m4a

Mrs. Buchannan's Class Kye Kye Kule student solo 2: http://www.mediafire.com/download/kp225ndz1eeowt1/3_Buchanan_Kye_Kye_Kule.m4a

Mrs. Pisano's Class: http://www.mediafire.com/download/nj439vuo1q213gb/3_Pisano_kye_Kye_Kule.m4a

Mrs. Pisano's Class student solo 2: http://www.mediafire.com/download/yhp8bj7v4cjcsia/3_Pisano__KyeKye_Kule2.m4a

2nd graders learned about form through Kodaly's "Vienese Clock." We already had a good grasp on form from our study of the "Nutcracker" back in December, but this song helped us to learn about Rondo form, an ABACADA pattern. Students took turns leading us through movments during the various sections of the song and we played the cup passing game to demonstrate each section. We also learned about introduction and coda (beginning and end of a song, respectively).

2nd Grade Naughty Kitty Cat, Mouse Mousie and I love the Mountains!

2nd grade students enjoyed two new memory songs, "Naughty Kitty Cat" and "Mouse Mousie" to practice their "do" note. Once we learned "Naughty Kitty Cat", we joined a partner to invent our own body movements to the song. Once the song was mastered, we wrote it on the music staff from memory using rhythmic and melodic dictation and placed the pitches on the music staff.

Mrs. Ferrara's Class partners: http://www.mediafire.com/download/4d95t059417vnpl/3_Ferrara_Naughty_Kitty_partner_1.m4a

Mrs. Ferrara's Class partners: http://www.mediafire.com/download/gauy5rtomyvtjs5/3_Ferrara_Naughty_Kitty_partner_2.m4a

Mrs. Kapner's Class partners:http://www.mediafire.com/download/jwxxhc4gz5n9xc9/3_Kapner_student_partners_1.m4a

Mrs. Kapner's Class partners:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/4eub9unb7nitbmf/3_Kapner_class_partners_2.m4a

Mrs. Kapner's Class partners: http://www.mediafire.com/download/iro863cm3f8mc91/3_Kapner_class_partners_3.m4a

Mrs. Kapner's Class partners: http://www.mediafire.com/download/jwbdlz3dpdp1ayz/3_Kapner_class_partners_4.m4a

Mrs. Kapner's Class partners: http://www.mediafire.com/download/9ie30oc8d7xx7ld/3_Kapner_class_partners_5.m4a

2nd graders also experienced singing in a round with the song "I Love the Mountains." We had a lot of fun with this song but realized that it could be tricky to sing independently when there are 3 different parts being sung around us! We challenged ourselves and sung "I Love the Mountains" in 2, 3, and even a 4 part round!

Click the links below to hear 2nd grade classes warming up:

Mrs. Donovan's Class warming up: http://www.mediafire.com/download/z38wu9dj7kpo911/3_Donovan_Warmups.mp3

Mrs. Donovan's Class singing Naughty Kitty Cat: http://www.mediafire.com/download/xx94c5dh33xvjjv/3_Donovan_Naughty_And_Warmups.m4a

Mrs. Donovan's Class singing "I Love the Mountains" in a 4 part round: http://www.mediafire.com/download/w777m8g4gubpxjp/3_Donovan_I_Love_Mountains.m4a

Mrs. Sullam's Class singing "I Love the Mountains" in a 4 part round: http://www.mediafire.com/download/mraiy766ehgeduy/3_Sullam_Mountains.m4a

First Grade Doggie doggie

First graders learned the new memory song, "Doggie Doggie," a huge hit with K and 1 students. This is the most requested game song throughout the year. We learned the song with our new "la" note and played the game taking turns playing doggie and the bone hider and guessing who has the dog bone. Once we mastered the song, we learned to write it on the music staff. Many students were even able to work independently to match rhythms to the syllables in the song, figure out the solfege notation and place notes on the music staff!

Ms. Fico's Class singing "Doggie Doggie": http://www.mediafire.com/download/8cfselv3t73v36l/3_Fico_Doggie.m4a

Mrs. Buchannan's Class singing the final black belt in Solfege Karate level 2: http://www.mediafire.com/download/qegyza7oob69i3l/3_Buchanan_Black_belt_level_2.m4a

2nd Grade Peter and the Wolf

(Image: A student from Mrs. Kapner's class retells the story of Peter and the Wolf using an interactive felt board)

2nd grade students have been studying Sergei Prokofiev's piece, "Peter and the Wolf." We used interactive listening maps while we watched an orchestra perform the piece, then we retold the story using an interactive electronic felt board. We enjoyed "Peter and the Wolf" because each character is represented by a different instrument in the orchestra. We knew when that character was around because we heard his instrument! This tied in nicely with our instrument family lesson. Students are now watching the video Peter and the Wolf and are doing a great job identifying instruments by character!

Kindergarten Celebration

Friday, June 17th, 10am

170 Ravine Drive

Matawan, NJ

Kindergarten students will be performing four songs during their Kindergarten Celebration in June.

Click the link below to hear Mrs. Doyle's Class practicing "One Small Voice": http://www.mediafire.com/download/to1gwk60a9ovgd0/3_Doyle_One_Small_Voice.m4a

Mrs. Alvarez's class learning "Whacky Do Re Mi": http://www.mediafire.com/download/69q22q92wysutin/3_Whacky_Do_Re_Mi_Alvarez.m4a