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. :) 


Miss Jen has gotten all of the grades 4, 5 and 6 students back on their violins!

Everyone has been very busy getting back into performance shape. The students are remembering how to sit properly, hold their instrument and bow correctly and play those notes with precision! Take a look at how one of our amazing Grade 5 classes has picked up where they left off - practicing their pizzicato (plucking the strings) and bowing.

Kindergarden Music Update

Hi Everyone!

In Ms. Ashley's Kindergarten music classes on Thursdays, we are learning to respond to music with movement and talk about how music makes us feel. We like to move around how the music tells us to and use objects such as scarves to help us express ourselves!

We are also learning about soft (quiet) and loud sounds in music.

We recently met Theodore the mouse, who loves to come out and play with us when it's quiet and likes to nap. Rumour has it that he comes from a magic kingdom that was taken over by lions...who were much too noisy for Theodore and his mouse friends. Today in music, we listened and moved to the song "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Grieg. The music starts softly and gets loud. We shared our feelings about how it made us feel...some students were excited, others a bit scared and some felt very happy while listening. We all practiced moving along to the song like mice and lions.

We also played a game of hide and seek with Theodore, to practice making soft and loud sounds with our hands. The students would help the "detective" find Theodore (who was hidden in our class) by clapping louder as the detective got closer to him.

We are also slowly exploring some of our classroom instruments - such as shakers, tambourines and hand drums and learning how to hold and use them properly.

Friday, 22 September 2017

What we've been up to

Hi everyone!

Now that the first few weeks are behind us, we can update you all on what we've been up to in our music rooms!

For the first few classes in each grade, we all kicked off the year with a music appreciation / listening activity featuring the upbeat song "Climb Out Your Window" by Walk Off the Earth. This activity was something that everyone could share throughout the school. We discussed the meaning behind the lyrics (no, it wasn't about actually jumping out your window!) and how we should all have fun, do what we love and take ourselves outside our comfort zones. In the younger grades we clung to the idea of finding something you love to do. The students all made artistic representations of what the song made them think of and the work of the older students can be seen adorning the walls of the upstairs hallway, near their music room.

You can listen to it here: Climb Out Your Window

In Kindergarten, we are practicing to keep the steady beat and moving to music. We listen to hear the way the music tells us to move. We are also exploring some of our classroom instruments. 

Cycle one students have been learning and practicing how to keep a steady beat. Some examples of steady beat is our hearts, clocks and windshield wipers.  We are also starting to learn the basics of rhythm with songs like Lucy Locket and Bounce the Ball, adding in ti-ti and ta (eighth notes and quarter notes). Grade 1 has even started to create their own rhythmic compositions! 
The beat is the heart of the music!

In Grade 3 with Miss Jen, students have started on their violins! 
They are learning how to sit, hold the violin correctly and pluck the individual strings. Looks like they are off to a good start! 

Grades 4 - 6 are all set now to start on their violins next week! 

Finally - AUDITIONS for Suessical Jr. are well under way for all those in grade 3 -6 who wished to participate and showed up to the information meeting. Some great performers have already shined and we can't wait to see all those who have yet to come. Callbacks will take place in the coming weeks after all of the auditions have been completed. Stay tuned for more info! 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Back to School

Hi everyone!

Miss Jen and Ms. Ashley are excited to get back to school!
We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new students who will be attending St. Patrick this year.

We have decided to start this blog to keep you all up-to-date about what's going on in our music rooms.

This year, there will be 2 music rooms on the 2nd floor of the expansion building.
Miss Jen's Senior music room (where 1 grade 2 class will also take place) remains in the same location and Ms. Ashley has moved the Junior Music room upstairs at the other end of the hallway! It will be lots of fun being on the same floor and sharing the equipment and space, as needed.

We are looking forward to starting to starting the year with everyone and giving you the inside scoop on what's going on in our classrooms.

See you all soon! :)

The Music Rooms

Hi everyone!

Welcome back! Here's how our music rooms are set up this year:  

  Ms. Ashley's Jr. Music Room 


 Miss Jen's Sr. Music Room

What's New in Cycle 1