Thursday, 5 October 2017

What's New in Cycle 1

Here's what's been happening in our cycle 1 music classes with Ms. Ashley...

In Grade 1:  Students have been leaning all about eighth notes and quarter notes - known as "Ta" (quarter) and "Ti-ti" (eighth notes) in our music class.

We are still practicing moving our feet to ta and ti-ti by doing marching steps for ta and tip-toe for ti-ti. 

Now we are differentiating between the steady beat and the rhythm. It's pretty tricky! We used the book "Alligator Pie" with some hand drums and rhythm sticks to help us keep the beat and tap the rhythm. We are learning that the BEAT never changes and that the RHYTHM is the way the words go. 

We are also practicing drawing ta and ti-ti all by ourselves! We know that two claps means ti-ti and ta means 1 clap. 

In some classes, we have sung the Autumn song "Falling Leaves" as a round (in 2 parts!) and used scarves to represent the leaves. More on this lesson to come once everyone has experienced it in Grade 1.

In Grade 2: We are focusing on rhythm and composing with ti-ti and ta. The students are very good at clapping and playing rhythms and are practicing echoing the teacher. We have also played lots of singing games to reinforce steady beat and the concept of rhythm. 

Lately we took a virtual visit to the Rhythm Cafe with many of the students in grade 2.
The video we watched can be found on Youtube. It was not created by us, but helped us to create some wonderful rhythms! It was a pretty silly. 

After brainstorming ideas, the students all created and practiced a short menu of their own. Here are a few examples:

Stay tuned for much more from the music rooms at St. Patrick! Don't forget to follow this blog for instant notifications of new posts. :) 

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