A look inside Music at FPD

A look inside Music at FPD

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

50 States in Rhyme!

It's been a tradition at FPD for the 2nd grade classes to sing "The 50 States that Rhyme" for the End-of-the-Year Celebration.  This song names all 50 states in alphabetical order!  Since there are so many words, I'm positing the video here for any kids that would like to practice at home.  

It's a fun song, but it will twist up your tongue :) 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

QuaverMusic.com Update


I just found out from Quaver that in a few weeks they will be changing the log in process so that only ONE person can be logged on under a username.  The "fpdmusic" username will still exist, however, if two students try to log on at the same time with it, they will be kicked out of the program.  

Again, this is a purely if your child wants to type thing.  I'm not requiring anyone to make an account. However, if your child is really into the composing aspect of the Quaver Music website, I would suggest maybe having him/her sign up for a private account.  You as the parent will receive an email that requires you to approve their sign-up.  It's very, very well monitored.  

You can read more under the FAQ section found on the Quaver homepage. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

QGrooves NEW Loops

I was so excited to see a few kids had gone on to the QGrooves site and made some songs!  This morning, I purchased about a dozen new loops for everyone to use.  They are under Latin, Funk, Electro, Pop, and a few in Hip Hop.  You might have to search for the loops I bought--I didn't get everything in every category.  I tried to go for the ones that had the highest popularity ratings.  

Happy composing!  


Friday, April 12, 2013

Quaver Music Online Composition Instructions

Today in music, we started with a program called Quaver Music.  It is a combo of short dvd clips, interactive class activities, and an online component where student can create music for FREE!  Today we started studying Baroque music, and I showed each class how to go online and use one of the programs called QGrooves today. 

The website to go to is www.quavermusic.com  You will enter the “Kid’s Area” on the front door.  You need an account linked to an email to play.  If you do not want your child to have his/her own Quaver account (using your email), I’ve set up one that any FPD student can use.  This account is linked to my school email.  Note that if your child wants to save something on this account, that’s fine, but make sure his/her name is in the title so I know who it belongs to. 

Here’s the info:
Username: fpdmusic
Password: govikings

To get to the QGrooves program we used today, enter the Kid’s Area.  From the Music Shop, click on the door marked “Studio.”  Once inside, click on the icon that says “QGrooves.”  Happy composing!

It seems in some sections there are options that require a few, however, everything we did today in class was free.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  This company is very reputable in the music ed world—in fact, I met Quaver himself at a music teacher conference I was at in January!  They also just released an iPad app last week, but that does cost $1.99, I believe. Note that the website itself does require Flash, so will not work on an iPad. 

If you would like more in-depth information about Quaver Music, here is the link to the parent/teacher info page.  http://www.quavermusic.com/ParentTeacher/

You can contact me at my school email any time of day!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Grandparents' Day Celebration

The FPD Elementary students presented the musical performance “The Vikings of the Caribbean” for our Grandparents’ Day Celebration last month.  The students were elated to perform for a packed house full of their grandparents.  Our theme was Caribbean music.  We had lots of drumming, Orff ensembles, dancing, the Limbo, and even a steel drum!  The children started working on the music and instrument parts at the very end of January.  It was a fun celebration indeed!  I am so blessed to work with the wonderful students (and families!) here at FPD. 

Here are a few pictures of the children in action: 

Singing and Dancing

Playing instruments

Doing the Limbo