High and Low Sounds

Kindergarten students are demonstrating their recognition of high and low sounds through the use of desktop bells. We also used the Quaver Music Ed Bell Challenge game to practice placing the bells in the correct order from low to high. This is a game that students can also play on their computer or iPad from home. Let me know if you are interested in how to access this ear training game.

Recorder Centers

Students in grads 3, 4, and 5 are developing and mastering recorder skills. We will have a Recorder Playoff during our Spring Concert. There are 9 songs for the first level of playing and then there are an additional 9 songs in what is referred to as the Second Degree Black Belt songs. Everyone will be on the risers to perform the White Belt – Hot Cross Buns. Students who know belt 2 will remain on the risers and the rest will be seated on the gym floor. We will continue in this way until the last person is standing. Last year there were around 5 students who made it to Belt 9. We did not have the Second Degree Black Belt songs. This year we already have a student working on the Second Degree Black Belt #5. It will be fun to see who is still standing up to the end this Spring.

Today the 4th grade students worked in Centers. They were using the BAG Fishin’ For A Melody level 4 set of cards. Part of the melody is notated and part of the melody is a rhythm and the students get to decide which notes they will use for that portion of the melody. So they get to be ‘composers’ for part of the melody. Here are some photos of the students working so well together in their groups. It was exciting to see the progress being made through this creative activity.

Music in Dearborn for the Month of December

Are you looking for something different to do during the month of December? Concide checking out one of the Dearborn Public School Music Concerts. You do nt have to have a child in the program to attend the concert. Download or scroll to see all of the events listed in the Pink Red Creative Christmas document.

Also consider coming to the Redford civic Symphony Orchestra concert. I am in the flute section and we also have a Dearborn Music Teacher playing oboe and anothe in the trombone section. There will be a bake sale during the intermission.

No Splinters, Please

Our project is at the halfway mark for funding. Please consider sharing this with friends and family members who might be able to help. Every dollar amount helps no matter how large or small. We are grateful for your support. Click this image to go to the Donors Choose site.