Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Looking for something fun to do?

Just thought some of you may be interested to know that Miss Jen and Ms. Ashley are going to be in a musical production as part of the Hudson Music Club!

Once Upon a Mattress was musical directed by Miss Jen and also features her as two of the characters. Ms. Ashley plays Princess Winnifred, a quirky princess who comes to marry Prince Dauntless and is tested by his mother, the Queen. The play was directed by Ms. Nadia Verrucci, who is a regular substitute teacher at St. Patrick. :)

The play is based on the story of the Princess and the Pea and will be opening tomorrow and playing until February 25th at the Hudson Village Theatre. Tickets are on sale now online on their website. Click here  for more details. It's fun for the whole family!

Kindergarten and Cycle 1 Update 2018!

Hi Everyone!

I know you are all wondering what has been going on in the music rooms since we have returned from our break. We have requested some ipads for the music classrooms so that we can more easily document what the students are learning. :) We hope to be loading up some pictures very soon to satisfy your curiosity. We are so busy in music class!

In Kindergarten, we are learning to listen carefully to music and keep the beat. We are also introducing rhythm by clapping the words to songs and clapping the sounds in winter words. The students are getting quite good at playing our classroom instruments properly and at the right time. In our last class, we skated (by stepping on wax paper) around the room to music to celebrate the Olympic ceremonies opening. We have been singing all about winter with songs like "'Bogganin' Hill" and "Penguin Polka".

In grade 1 we just finished up our music centres where we created rhythms by rolling dice and building snow forts made of rhythm blocks. We practiced reading and playing rhythms by playing Rhythm Jenga and matching 4-beat rhythms on the Smartboard. We have learned that different notes and rests have different values (# of beats) and we can even do music math! We are now focusing on the different instruments in the orchestra and classifying them into their families.

In grade 2 we have been learning about pitch. We have been able to identify high and low pitches and have been practicing matching pitches with our voices and different instruments. We have been discovering why different sizes and shapes of instruments make different sounds. We have also been studying duration (note / rest values - # of beats) and will be continuing to learn about long and short sounds. In grade 2, we are now beginning to play Orff instruments and have learned a bit about playing the xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels. The students know how to hold their mallets properly, practice good posture while playing and help each other to remember proper technique while playing the instruments.

For music appreciation in grades 1 and 2, we paid particular attention to how pieces of music make us feel, what instruments we can hear in a piece, the dynamics (volume) and tempo (speed). The students were always encouraged to create a story in their heads to go with the music and think about what story the composer was trying to tell with the piece. They can continue to practice this at home with different classical pieces and should be encouraged to listen for and think about all of those elements. Students in grade 2 should be making connections to their own life when listening to music, such as thinking about what a song reminds them of and should always try to describe why they like or don't like it.

That's it for term 2 in Kindergarten and Cycle 1 music. Look out for more exciting things to come in term 3! :)

Tuesday, 14 November 2017


Our Holiday Concert is fast approaching!

The kindergarteners, grade 1 and grade 2 students (with the choir) will be performing in the annual holiday concert soon. Our concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th at 10:15am and 7pm. Ticket information will be coming soon. 

All students are expected to participate in both shows, as it is part of the music curriculum. 
Students need to come in concert dress: 

-Plain white shirt
-Black pants or skirt (no jeans please)
-Black socks or tights
-Black dress shoes
-A colourful scarf 

Here are the Youtube links to some of the songs for each grade. Please have your child(ren) practice them at home. The actions are not provided on these videos, but we will be practicing them together in class. 

Thank you for your continued encouragement and support!

A Super Celebration -
Santa Claus Rock -
Happy Hannukah! (@ 4mins) - we haven't started learning this one yet 

Grade 1:
Better Bundle Up -
Cold Snap - 

Rock 'n' Roll Snowman -

Grade 2:
Mister Frosty Winter - 
Here Comes the Snow -

One Candle Lights the Way - 

Not online - I Love the Snow

Let Your Best Light Shine -

Credit to Youtube contributors for the videos: MrRileyJanesville, stephens1dewar, Plank Road Publishing, heartalm, Lake Fern Montessori Academy, Kr Du, Deanna Cupolo, Kingsley Music, Trail Elementary / Torrington Telegram

Music Appreciation and Rhythm Composition in Grade 2

Hi everyone!

The students have been very busy leading up to the end of Term 1. 

In both Miss Jen and Ms. Ashley's classes, students have been listening and responding to Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns. This song was actually introduced at all levels, with different degrees of response and discussion. In grade 2, students were expected to listen for dynamics (volume), tempo (speed) and express what the song made them think of. 

Check out the Youtube link here: Danse Macabre

Miss Jen teaches Ms. Ceravolo and Mme. Gregoire's grade 2 class and Ms. Ashley teaches Ms. Bhola and Mme. Agulnik's classes.

Here are some rhythm compositions from each class:
Miss Jen's class:

Ms. Ashley's classes:

Some more from Miss Jen in Grade 2:

Rhythm Canon 

Who's That?

Halloween in the Kindergarten Music Room

Hi everyone!

We've been super busy in our music rooms leading up to the end of Term 1. 
For Halloween, Ms. Ashley's kindergarten students had lots of fun with our Musicplay curriculum - singing and playing games about spooky creatures. 

In fact, the students had so much fun with these songs that the creator of Musicplay, Denise Gagne has taken an interest in our videos! Special thanks to her for her permission to post the video below. Here's a video featuring some of our favourites - Witch's Cat, Magic Spell (please forgive my "Tricky Witch" voice in that one...made sense with my witch's cape and wand!) and Pumpkin, Pumpkin.

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. :) 

Seussical Rehearsal Videos: