What’s Up In Music?

Pre-K is preparing for their concert, which will take place on Monday, March 24 at 2:15 p.m. The concert is more like a showcase of some of the things they have been working on in music class. They will demonstrate their activities for family in a small, nonthreatening space. One song that they can sing at home, to work toward their concert, is “Do Your Ears Hang Low.”

Do Your Ears Hang Low

Lyrics:

Do your ears hang low, do the wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow?

Can you throw them over your shoulder like a continental soldier?

Do your ears hang low?

 

KG1 & KG2 are also preparing for their concert, which will take place in the auditorium on Tuesday, April 22. One song that they can be practicing at home is “Goodbye Dear Friends”, which is the second-to-last song that they will sing as a whole group (KG1 & KG2 together).

Goodbye Dear Friends

Lyrics:

Goodbye dear friends,

It’s time to be moving along,

Goodbye and so long.

We’ll meet again,

But now we’ll be drifting along,

Good luck and keep strong.

Goodbye, oh goodbye,

We hope to see you soon,

Goodbye, oh goodbye,

Until we meet again.

So until then,

We’ve gotta be moving along,

Goodbye and so long,

Goodbye and so long,

Good luck and keep strong,

Good luck and keep strong,

And keep on a-singing a song.

 

Grade 1 is, you guessed it, preparing for a concert! Their concert will take place in the auditorium on Tuesday, March 25 at 2:15 p.m. At this age, they should be practicing their songs at home as if it is their music homework. I encourage them to sing through the songs once a day (it would take about 15 minutes and could be done in the car, right before bed, or as they get ready in the morning) and then take 5 minutes to work on a song that is challenging. This week, we especially focused on “The Fox,” “I’ve a Pair of Fishes,” “John the Rabbit,” and “Down By the Bay.” Lyrics, recordings and the Powerpoint used in class can be found in the Grade 1 Concert Dropbox Folder:

Grade 1 Concert Resources

 

Grade 2 is still trying to learn the notes of the treble staff. This week, we played a game to help us learn the notes and I let them know that these three games are available on my blog so that they can practice at home.

Note Trainer

Note Name Game

Eek Shark! (Music Note Learning Arcade Game)

The faster they learn the notes, the faster we can start rhythms and then finally move to instruments

 

And finally, Grade 3 is learning all about musical genres. All classes are at  a different step in the process and enjoying hearing different examples of Rock, Pop, Country, and R&B music. This week, we talked about why music is sometimes controversial. As a family, parents and grandparents can tell the Grade 3s about music (both Western & Arabic) when they were growing up and any music that was considered controversial (and why).

As always, if you have any questions, please contact me via email at [email protected] I look forward to seeing you at all of our upcoming events, including the above concerts and Suessical, Jr., The Elementary Musical, which will play on March 5th, 6th & 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Advance tickets will go on sell in about two weeks.

Have a great weekend!