This year weÃ‚Â are embarking on aÃ‚Â new musical journey in our “Music Memory” course. Each of the classes will learn 16 pieces ofÃ‚Â Classical music, and will learnÃ‚Â about the instruments involved, the composer,Ã‚Â the musical elements, and much more. The students are excited about this project,Ã‚Â which will culminate with a state wide competition.
I’m also so glad to learnÃ‚Â that many ofÃ‚Â our students are seasoned musicians themselves.Ã‚Â This will come in handy as we begin to perform songs on piano, guitar, a variety of percussion instruments, andÃ‚Â many others. This week we have been focusing on distinguishing between the beat and rhythm. In particular, how to identify the pulse in music, and how to addÃ‚Â different rhythms using whole, half, quarter, and eighth notes on top. The kids have also had a fun time learning the “Rhythm Song” below.Ã‚Â We also learnedÃ‚Â our first Music Memory Piece,Ã‚Â “Cantina Band” from Star Wars Episode IV byÃ‚Â John Williams.