The Grade 4 students are using a drum kit for their class songs. As a result, a small drum kit presently resides in the Music room. This has been a great source of curiosity and joy as students from all grades have been allowed to have a short turn. Some students have chosen to inquire by themselves, while others have invited friends to help them figure out what to do. Some have tried to play patterns, others have some drum skills from private lessons to share, and others have been content to just listen to the drums’ sound and feel what it’s like to play them. Everyone agrees that playing drums is much harder than it looks!
Kindergarten students are inquiring into how can we tell a story using music to express feelings and ideas. First, students discussed what they thought an idea is and what a feeling is. Then we read the Dr. Suess story; ‘My Many Colored Days’, which links feelings to colours and animals. Students have since been linking percussion instruments with each feeling/colour to help tell the story through music. To do this, students have inquired into the musical opposites – high/low, soft/loud and fast/slow. They have discovered that an instrument can sound really different, depending on how it is played – if you play a woodblock slowly and softly, for example, is can sound like ‘brown’, but if you play it fast and loudly, it sounds more like orange!
“An idea is when you want to do something and you make a plan” Cole.
“A feeling is also if you feel to drink water, or if you feel colour or if you feel pain” Silas.
“A feeling is if you’re happy or sad” Caden….. “or angry” Grace.
“When you feel like you want to make a disco then that’s feelings” Emma…..”it’s like you’re feeling an idea” Cole
“Ideas are when you want to know something” Yuri…..”It’s like when you really want to have a really good idea” Grace.
Grade 4 students have been musical detectives while figuring out a melody they know. They discovered how many pitches were in the song, showed the high and low pitches on their bodies and then sang in solfa (so, la, mi) with handsigns. Then they showed the shape of the melody on the board before figuring out how to write it on a two line stave! Great detective work!
ELC have been planting seeds, gathering leaves and inquiring into all things growing! In Music, we explored a poem by Mabel Watts called ‘A Little Seed’. First we spoke the poem with finger play and then expressed it through whole body movement with dancing scarves as props. E2 then used percussion instruments to tell the story of the poem. The students chose the sounds that they thought expressed each line of the poem. They then had to show a lot of control to play at the correct times and follow the instructions of the conductor.