Music

Notes from the Music Room...

In February, all classes have been busy making music while celebrating Valentine's Day and Black History Month.  Through singing, listening, reading music, playing instruments and enjoying singing games, the students continue to gain musical knowledge while working through the music curriculum. 

We may not all grow up to be accomplished musicians but we will grow to understand more about the world around us through music. 

Yours in music education,
Ms. Bev

Notes from the Music Room...  Ms. Bev

Our grade six class started lessons on the piano keyboard. We are using one music class per week to focus on the keyboard. During the other weekly class, we will focus on other music curriculum including singing, listening, theory, classroom instruments, and movement.  Grade 3, 4 and 5 have enjoyed learning about the musical story 'Peter and the Wolf' by the Russian composer Sergie Prokofiev.  Ask them to tell you about the instruments that represent the characters in the story.  You can watch a great Disney cartoon version on Youtube. We also continue to sing and play classroom instruments while learning some music theory.  Grade 1 and 2 continue working on steady beat and rhythm through songs and games, listening to music, and  beginning to write music. Our pre-primary and primary music classes compliment the students'  language arts development through singing, playing classroom instruments, movement, and music games.   

                                                        "To learn music is to learn a whole new language."

Notes from the music room...

Welcome back! I'll be rolling into your classrooms again soon with the new Musicplay program. The new website can be found: https://beta.musicplayonline.com/ You now have to sign in but only once! Your computer will save your password. For all LSK students, the password is b503576. The site looks quite different so I hope you'll explore the site on your own. It's wonderful to be back at school with you. Happy New Year!

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Notes from the Music Room…

As I’m sure you are aware, Pre-Primary to Grade Six students were busy practicing numbers for the Christmas Concert… L  The students, I’m sure are disappointed, this is no longer possible, but there’s always next year!   

As we go to online learning, for the majority of our music program, I will be using Musicplay.  Musicplay is a beautifully laid out music program.  I value the expertise, experience, and leadership of the creator Denise Gagne from Alberta.  Musicplay covers all outcomes for our Nova Scotia music curriculum. 

The students know all they have to do is google Musicplayonline to get to the website.  Students do not need a password.  If you are interested in exploring the website yourself, I’m sure you will soon realize Musicplay is not only comprehensive in content, but there are enough activities to keep us all busy learning all about music for a very long time!

I look forward to continuing to provide music education to your children as we all struggle through this pandemic. 

I remain hopeful that LSK music students will soon be able to sing, dance, and play in a well-equipped music room that awaits our little musicians.

We have settled into a good routine with Ms. Bev 'rolling in to the classrooms' for music class.  We are limited with no singing due to Covid restrictions, but we are doing lots of instrument/movement activities to a wide range of music and songs.  The program I am using for our lessons is called "Musicplay'.  I welcome you to check it out online.  It's a great program that meets and/or exceeds music outcomes (primary-Gr 6) for music education. 

All students have access to this program online as well.  We will be spending some time together in class soon exploring the many wonderful things available to us through Musicplay.

With the rule of no sharing, each student has been provided with individual music bags with homemade instruments and various items for music class.  The students enjoy making music as we learn all about the elements of music.

In honour of Mi'kmaq History Month, the grade 2 to 6 music classes, have been learning to add an accompaniment  to The Honour Song with resonator bells, boomwhackers, and drums.

The upper grades (3-6) have also been learning some American Sign Language (ASL) this month through the song ' Be Kind, Be Calm, Be Safe'. It's a beautiful song and made even more beautiful when signing ASL. (It is so hard not to sing along!)

We've got some great little musicians here at LSK!

I am happy to be back as  your music teacher for LSK.  I have been busy preparing for you and our 'new music' lessons.  Things will be different for us all.  I will be coming to your classrooms for our music lessons and although different, we will still enjoy music in many new ways... 'It's not hard, it's just new' ... Ms Bev - Music Teacher LSK

 

Congratulations on your achievements Class of 2020!  Dream big, and always live with hope and gratitude.  This ending is not the one you dreamed of but the future holds all of your dreams… so dream big!

Congratulations graduates of 2020.

Ms. Bev, Music Teacher, LSK School

Notes from the Music Room…

I am looking forward to seeing the elementary students in September.  We will have lots of surprises in the music room in the form of new instruments and activities to explore together throughout the school year.  I am excited to be returning next year as your music teacher.  I anticipate we will be making lots of great music at LSK in the 2020-2021 school year.  Have a safe and fun-filled summer!

I’ll See You in September… Do you know that is the title of a song by the group ‘The Happenings’ from the year 1966?  As I always say, “There’s a song for everything.”  (Check it out on YouTube).

Ms. Bev, Music Teacher, LSK School

Hello Dear Music Students,
 
I hope you'll enjoy some or all of the activities on music bingo.  Maybe you can get a full card!  Music is all around you!  Did you ever notice, the ticking of the clock is a 'steady beat'?   Even the washing machine at home plays a 'steady beat' when it's on! LOL  Listen to the beautiful music the birds sing to us when we are outside.  Can you sing the same notes as the birds? A windy, rainy day can 'set a mood' just like music. Think about a windy, rainy day compared to a soft gentle rain of a silent snowfall. The sound of cars passing by our houses lets us hear 'crescendo and decrescendo' (getting louder, getting softer). Can you notice other environmental sounds around you?  I bet you can come up with even more! Sound is all around! 
 
I am looking forward to enjoying music class with you again and seeing your smiling faces. Keep on singing!

Ms. Bev

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