Miss Tubbs Music Memos

A closer look into the Thompson Crossing music program!

November's Benefits of Music Education

Each month, I will include a section listing different benefits of music education and general learning. The following are this month's benefits:

1. Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds.

2. A mastery of memorization: Even when performing with sheet music, student musicians are constantly using their memory to perform. The skill of memorization can serve students well in education and beyond.

3. Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination. Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music.

Composer of the Month

Our November composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the greatest composers of all time. Bach wrote hundreds of pieces for organ, choir, as well as many other instruments. He spent most of his life as a church organist and a choir director. His music combines profound expression with clever musico-mathematical feats, like fugues and cannons in which the same melody is played against itself in various ways.


The video below shows a xylophone built into the woods specifically to play Bach's famous piece, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desire."

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5th Grade Spotlight

This month, 5th graders are starting their online music composition unit. We are using a program called Noteflight. This program allows students the opportunity to create their own music utilizing the skills that they have gained throughout their general music years. The website is only accessible to our 5th grade students to provide safety and privacy. Students can access their work at home with their username and password at the following website:

tc2015.sites.noteflight.com

Take a moment some time this month and have your child share some of their work with you!

4th Grade Spotlight

This month, 4th grade is learning about the different parts of a song that come together to create an entire piece: form! The three main parts that we are studying are: introduction, interlude, and coda. We will be having a quiz on these terms in the beginning of December. If you want to help your child study for this quiz, here are the following definitions:


Introduction: Something short that happens at the beginning of a piece

Interlude: Something short that happens in the middle of a piece

Coda: Something short that happens at the end of a piece



4th Graders are also applying their prior rhythmic and melodic knowledge to start creating harmonic pieces on xylophones!

3rd Grade Spotlight

This month, 3rd grade is learning about the different parts of a song that come together to create an entire piece: form! The three main parts that we are studying are: introduction, interlude, and coda. We will be having a quiz on these terms in the beginning of December. If you want to help your child study for this quiz, here are the following definitions:


Introduction: Something short that happens at the beginning of a piece

Interlude: Something short that happens in the middle of a piece

Coda: Something short that happens at the end of a piece



3rd Graders are also applying their prior rhythmic and melodic knowledge to start creating harmonic pieces on xylophones!

2nd Grade Spotlight

2nd Grade's main focus this month is reading and writing notes on a staff to sing and create simple melodies. This skill directly correlates to students' reading and writing skills in their own classrooms! In addition, 2nd graders have fun playing our "Poison Melody" game, which requires active listening for specific melodies.

1st Grade Spotlight

1st Graders this month are using patriotic and Thanksgiving themed songs to become more aware of how spoken word can be rhythmically musical. These activities have a heavy emphasis of syllable awareness, something that will help in their reading and writing!

K Spotlight

Kindergarten continues to work on songs and activities that develop imitation skills. Imitation helps with the development of speech, gross motor skills, and social behaviors. In addition, we are using songs and activities in music that directly relate to the development of counting and reading skills with songs like "1,2 Buckle My Shoe," "Ten Little Candles" and "One Potato."