Kindergarten – We loved performing in our very first concert, and we hope you enjoyed watching as much as we enjoyed performing for you. We sang many songs this quarter about the cold and snow. Songs teach us that notes can go up and down, and we learned how to echo phrases in songs. With the New Year, we began all new songs and rhymes, echoing about no more pie, moving to classical music selections, and playing drumsticks to a Winnie-the-Pooh song. We do stay busy!
4th and 5th grade – Speaking of musicians, these students are very talented, so I planned for them to really show off in the program. They sang three songs, adding lots of popular moves to their second song, and finishing up with a beautiful two-part arrangement of Auld Lang Syne.
4th grade and Upper Montessori – After the New Year, we jumped right into playing recorder, and they quickly figured out how to make a beautiful sound, while also reading notes. This is when all the time we have put into reading rhythms and singing pitches comes together as we play our recorders. I love watching their progress!
5th grade – We hit the ground running after winter break, jumping right in with sight-reading easy songs, which means the students have to figure out how the song should sound without hearing it first from me. They read the rhythm, and then the pitches, and finally, they sing the song with the text. We began to learn a new round, and tried a little jazzy piece that allowed us to improvise on the xylophones.
All 5th grade students will be asked very soon which music class they want to take in middle school, so it is time to start that discussion with your child. If you have any questions about next year’s music choices, feel free to call or email me any time. (Email will get a quicker response.)
The Helena Symphony is presenting an amazing experience for students. All Symphony Kids Concerts, designed for children ages 5-10, are presented on Saturday mornings at St. Paul’s Methodist Church at 10:00 am. Duration is approximately 40 minutes with an instrument petting zoo to follow. They are free of charge.
Saturday, Feb 9 – Ralph, the Runaway Rabbit
Saturday, April 6 – The Wishing Star