A look inside Music at FPD

A look inside Music at FPD

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Major vs. Minor Sounds

October is a great month to talk about minor music, with the dark evenings, cooler temperatures, and the falling leaves twirling about.   Major keys, just like the Major Leagues in baseball, are much more important in the musical world, but minor keys have their place! Songs in minor keys have a sound of sad, unsettled, or even a little spooky. A great example of a minor piece is Johann Sebastian Bach's "Toccata in D Minor" for organ. I've put in a video of the Toccata being played on organ.  You are probably familiar with the piece, even if you don't know the name! 

Second grade this week learned a minor song called "Pass the Pumpkin."  Since it's a minor song, the "spooky" sound is from the musical tonalities.  We played a passing game and added lots of instruments.  Below are a video and some pictures of a 2nd grad class playing and singing! It was a lot of fun to talk about how music can convey different emotions or feelings just with sound! 

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