Rice Lake Music News

The music room was an exciting place since school began!  Here’s a summary of what students learned in music class since school began:

Kindergarten:  We are all getting to know each other in Kindergarten music class.  We are singing songs and playing music games.  Students sang alone with echo songs like “No More Pie.”  We are exploring space with games like “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush,” “Looby Loo” and the “Color Game.”  We are connecting with the classroom teachers with songs about colors including “Green, Green, Green” and “Parade of Colors.” We are also enjoying singing a song called “My Aunt Came Back.”

Grade 1:  First graders began the school year with a game called “I’m Going Down to Town.”  This game song helped us all learn each other’s names.  We learned about ways we make music, ways we use our voices and ways we show the beat.  We have been exploring beat with songs like “Oliver Twist.”  The students played the beat on Orff instruments (xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels) with this song.  We are now singing new songs both fast and slow. We enjoyed “Blue Bells, Cockle Shells,” “Clickety Clickety Clack,” “Bingo” (a NEW version), “Rig-a-Jig-Jig” and “Seven Jumps.”

Grade 2:  Second graders have been reviewing beat with songs like “This Land is Your Land,” with which we played the beat on instruments like hand drums, maracas, triangles and claves.  We learned about the form of the song (verse and refrain) and enjoyed the picture book that goes with the song.  We sang the song that uses all the houses on Music Street!  The song is “Do-Re-Mi” and it comes from “The Sound of Music.”  We also sang the song “America” and found the highest and lowest notes in the song.  Now we are singing “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins!

Grade 3:  Third graders began the school year with a song called “Gilly, Gilly, Good Morning” that helped us get reacquainted.  We also reviewed A and B sections with the song.  We reviewed quarter, eighth and half notes with the song “Patriotic Medley” which combines three patriotic songs.  We discussed the terms patriotic and medley.  We also played unpitched percussion instruments with the song on quarter, eighth and half notes.  We learned about the difference between beat and rhythm (YES, there is a difference!) while exploring a poem called “Way Down South.”  We also enjoyed s game called “Talk to Me” where we worked with rhythm patterns.

Grade 4:  In fourth grade music class, we began the school year by reviewing form with “I’d Like to Say Good Morning” and the “Name Game Rap.”  We reviewed quarter, half, dotted half, whole and eighth notes as well as the corresponding rests.  The students played rhythm patterns with the song “Step into the Spotlight.”  We are now working on America’s national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  In addition to singing the song, we also discussed its history.  We are now working on a song called “Peace Round” and reviewing the musical alphabet and treble clef letters of the staff.  We’ll play recorders again, soon!  .  Your child should have brought home information about the Centennial District Elementary Honor Choir.  To sign up, click HERE.

Grade 5:  Fifth graders began school year reviewing quarter, half, dotted half, whole and eighth notes as well as the corresponding rests.  They moved to rhythm patterns with the song, “Wake-Up Call” after reading the rhythm patterns.  We sang the song in both unison and canon.  We continued our note and rest review with the song “Sing, America Sing.”  We sang three verses of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  We are now working with a “rap” song called “Just Give Me the Beat.”  We discussed the difference between beat and rhythm, which we discovered many people don’t remember!  Now we are beginning to learn about meter and meter (time) signatures.  Your child should have brought home information about the Centennial District Elementary Honor Choir.  To sign up, click HERE.