Many things have been happening in the music room since we have been back from winter break. Junior Kindergarteners are singing songs about farms and animals. They are also learning some circle games. Kindergarteners are singing songs about winter and friendship. They have done several partner dances and clapping activities. The classes also acted out the story “Sleeping Beauty”. First graders have sung songs about bears, have learned about different pitches, and are working on pitch matching. Second graders just finished a unit on square dancing, complete with swinging their partners and corners. The students did an excellent job of listening and following directions.
- Third graders studied W.A.Mozart, a classical composer best known for his operas. They were able to see a few clips from operas. We are currently singing American Cowboy songs. Fourth graders came back to a recorder unit. The students have been learning how to read music notes and symbols on the staff. They have been doing a super job paying attention and trying their best. Fifth graders have been studying Igor Stravinsky, a 20th Century composer. He wrote the music for “The Rite of Spring” and “The Firebird” as well as other ballets.
Chorus has been working hard learning six new songs for the upcoming Chorus Festival to be held at MPCHS on Thursday, March 10.
I would like to take this time to congratulate Julie Campbell, Brandon Burtlow, and Brooklynne Snavely for being selected to take part in the American Choral Directors Association’s Honor Choir. This will be held at Iowa Wesleyan University on February 5th. These students have been having extra rehearsals after school for six weeks. They will spend the day rehearsing at IWU with 150 students from other area southeast Iowa schools. The concert will be held Friday, February 5 at 7:00 at IWU Chapel.