Music

OWSU Distruct Music Festival

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Concert, 6 p.m.
S. Royalton Gym

Kindergarten introduces concepts such as cooperation and in tune singing.  We study the four voices (speaking, whispering, singing and shouting) to figure when it is right to use each in music class.  We play a lot of musical games such as “Here Comes a Bluebird” and the always popular “Wolf Game.”

Grades 1 and 2  A big theme for the whole school this winter has been folk dance.  1st and 2nd graders have performed several types, such as mixers, which enable participants to dance with many others, play parties, where the music is provided by the singing of the dancers themselves, and contra dances, performed in two long parallel lines, part of the New England Folk tradition.  We had a workshop on Russian Folk Dance as well to give kids a taste of another contrasting culture.  These movement activities touched on many important musical concepts, such as form, steady beat, phrases and rhythm.  We also connect dance to history and culture.

Grade 3 participated in the folk dance work that we did across the school, learning several mixers and New England contra dances.  We had a workshop on Russian Folk Dance as well to give kids a taste of another contrasting culture.  These movement activities touched on many important musical concepts, such as form, steady beat, phrases and rhythm.  At the same time we moved forward with the study of recorder, a learning tool which enables us to get at notation, harmony, and pitch.  The most important aspect of our work has been learning some songs in 3/4 time.  Songs in 3/4 are not common in our culture, yet 3/4 is an important concept for third graders to learn.  It takes some extra effort to do it well.

Grade 4 participated in the folk dance work that we did across the school, learning several mixers and New England contra dances.  We had a workshop on Russian Folk Dance as well to give kids a taste of another contrasting culture.  These movement activities touched on many important musical concepts, such as form, steady beat, phrases and rhythm.  The students learned the sections of the Troika which Russian Duo did not have to teach and will be sharing that work at the concert.  At the same time we moved forward with the study of recorder, a learning tool which enables us to get at notation, harmony and mode. We have expanded our range and reviewed songs in 3/4 time.

Grade 5 has done considerable work learning about our New England Folk dancing traditions.  We launched the unit with a review of material folk culture, looking at visual patterns in traditional crafts such as quilting and carpentry, and relating the patterns and proportions of those arts to traditional dance.  Students learned a variety of contra dances and mixers, such as the classic Virginia Reel.  We’ve used movement to explore a variety of musical concepts such as form, rhythm, and phrase structure.  We had a workshop on Russian Folk Dance as well to give kids a taste of another contrasting culture.

Grade 6 has done considerable work learning about our New England Folk dancing traditions.  We launched the unit with a review of material folk culture, looking at visual patterns in traditional crafts such as quilting and carpentry, and relating the patterns and proportions of those arts to traditional dance.  Students learned a variety of contra dances and mixers, such as the classic Virginia Reel.  We’ve used movement to explore a variety of musical concepts such as form, rhythm, and phrase structure.  We then pushed into some dances from the Middle Ages, such as Sellenger’s Round, a dance in 6/8 which we also learned on alto recorder.  Most recently we have been learning an instrumental

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