A look inside Music at FPD

A look inside Music at FPD

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Home on the Range

Our 1st and 2nd graders are working on learning "Home on the Range" for Grandparents' Day.  I am amazed by how much they love this song!  They enjoy learning a song that their parents and grandparents know.  We also have been talking about meter--how the beat is grouped.  We usually hear music in meters of 2, 3, or 4. This song is in a meter of 3.  So, as we learned the song, we also learned to keep the beat to the meter of 3.  We felt the STRONG-weak-weak beat while using body percussion.  Here's a 1st grade class on their first day on this song!

Nuts and Bolts

We are about a month away from our Elementary Grandparents' Day program.  Again, this year's theme is "American Folk Songs."  In classes, we are busy learning the songs to sing, as well as the instrument parts that accompany theme.  Most grade levels are also learning a traditional folk dance.  The students are working hard to learn all the "nuts and bolts" of our songs.  They are learning how all the parts fit together to make a whole.  Here are a few pictures of the xylophones in action!