April 22

2nd Grade Music

Congratulations to our 2nd graders on their Spring Concert performance!  They worked hard on learning new languages and about different cultures for each of their songs on the concert.  What a great way to end the year!

2nd graders are learning about a new rhythm, tika tika (sixteenth notes), and adding to their knowledge bank of rhythms that include ta-ah (half note), ta (quarter note), ti ti (eighth notes) and rest.

Practice Tika Tika

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KogDq0c7EG0&list=PLzPP1Evz0WkRAkDUUT-KvVs1CbRbgtdyu&index=9

 

 

Songs and games to practice tika tika – see below!

Old Brass Wagon

OldBrassWagon

 

Tideo

Tideo

 

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April 22

1st Grade Music

1st graders are currently learning a new rhythm to add to their knowledge bank of ta (quarter), ti ti (eighth notes) and rest.  We have added ta-ah (half note).  Below is a YouTube link to practice our new rhythm and a few songs we will be learning in order to reinforce our new rhythm.

Practice Ta-ah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHad-I5AJT0&list=PLzPP1Evz0WkRAkDUUT-KvVs1CbRbgtdyu&index=3

 

Bluebird, Bluebird

BluebirdThroughMyWindow

 

Let Us Chase the Squirrel 

Let Us Chase the Squirrel

 

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April 22

Kindergarten Music

Kindergarten students are learning many new songs in music class.  See below for the words and recordings of songs we have learned and will be learning in class.  Singing and moving to music is a great way to increase reading skills and locomotor skills.

 

Below are songs that we start music class with everyday.

Mi Cuerpo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWqodLTjQwI

 

I’m Growing Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdJohN9OiQ

 

What Are You Wearing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urVOgFKNKL8

 

Below are spring songs that we have started to learn over the past couple of music classes.  Each song has motions or finger puppet actions to go along with the words.  Ask your child if they know how to sing or move to the song!

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo

 

5 Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

 

Los Pollitos

LosPollitosASpanishSongtoPracticeTaandTiTi

 

John the Rabbit

John the Rabbit

 

Old Mister Rabbit

Old Mister Rabbit

We love to celebrate the change of the seasons in the music room!  Hope you enjoy the spring weather!

 

 

 

 

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April 17

Kindergarten Music Literacy

Kindergarten students are learning about long and short sounds (ta and ti ti) in music class.  We have learned how to move to each sound (walk and tiptoe), how to identify them in songs we sing and how to draw them.  Below is a link to a video to practice these rhythms at home.  This is an excellent way to practice music literacy and help with our reading fluency skills!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vZ5mlfZlgk&list=PLJ54ucwxPNKDg9dmAJstUkqxTeT15Z9eE&index=2&t=0s

 

 

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April 10

3rd Graders and the Treble Clef Staff

3rd graders at Oakman are currently learning the lines and spaces of the treble clef staff.  We have learned several mnemonic devices to help us remember the letter names of the lines and spaces.  Below is some information about the treble clef and what we will be learning over the next several music classes.  This is great information to be reviewing at home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le10tF_3YWg

 

Students can practice naming the notes of the treble clef through a game called Staff Wars.  Please see the link below to download Staff Wars on your computer.

http://www.themusicinteractive.com/downloads.html

 

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April 10

Ukuleles have arrived at Oakman!

Oakman 5th graders are learning how to hold, strum, pluck and play chords on the ukulele.  Ukulele is a string instrument with 4 strings, GCEA, and is similar to the guitar, a 6-stringed instrument.  Our students will learn how to pluck strings and play several different chords.  After learning chords, our 5th graders will be playing along with popular (school appropriate) songs.  We are all looking forward to this awesome opportunity to learn how to play a new instrument!

There are several different sizes of ukulele, as seen below.  Our students will be playing soprano ukuleles, one of the higher voices in the ukulele family.

Keep a lookout for more information about our ukulele unit in the music classroom!  If you would like to purchase a ukulele for your child, I would highly recommend the Makala Soprano ukulele from West Music.  Here is the website if you would like to take a look: https://www.westmusic.com/guitars-folk/ukuleles/303685

There is no need to purchase a ukulele for your child as I will provide them one to play during music class.  However, ukulele is a great instrument to play at home and a stepping stone to learning other string instruments like guitar, violin, viola, cello or double bass.

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April 10

2nd and 4th Grade Spring Concert

 

Our Oakman 2nd and 4th graders will be performing next Thursday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the gymnasium.  Parents, family and friends are invited to attend.  2nd and 4th graders will be performing folk songs from around the world that we have been working on in music class.   This will be our last performance of the school year.  We hope to see you there!

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