Well, teaching music at SK gets more fun every week. We had a great time composing, practicing and playing music. Here's the basic rundown by class:
Ks - Having already written a wonderful theme song, we focused this week on new instrumental skills. We danced, sang, and learned two songs on piano, guitar, bass and drums. Today we played "The Animal Song" which is only partially composed, but the kids took care of the rest. We also got to pretend to be animals (I was an excellent Snake).
Elaine's Class - We got through our first "Whole Song' this week following our standard format: Sing the song and dance, read the music, practice the ukulele part, then the piano, then the drums and then split up and play as a band with kids playing every instrument. We will follow this format for many songs throughout the year.
Mrs. Carpenter's Class - We finally wrote out theme song!!!!!!!!! Yay. We have been excelling all year working individually and following directions musically and awesomely (yes, I know that's not a word, but it should be) but struggling to be creative and collaborative. Although it was just a little bit like pulling teeth, we worked together and wrote an amazing song. We are all really proud and can't wait to learn to play it.
Team Spencer - This week marked our first composition exercise which yielded incredible melodies and great excitement, as well as our first small group collaboration which went very well. We are working on a repertoire of songs that everyone can play on every instrument, which allows us to play and perform together all the time.
Chris' Class - After writing a very difficult theme song, we worked on acquiring the instrumental skills necessary to play the song. It was amazing to watch the kids help each other learn. This is a tough song with so many musical lessons in it, we are going to take full advantage of it.
Jason's Class - wrote a very creepy theme song, you'll have to hear it. I don't know what else to say.
Sam's Class - Rocked their first composition assignment, composing by spelling words with the letters that make up the notes and then adding rhythms, form and creativity. Beautiful work.
Karl's Class - Wrote a brilliant theme song, and created instrumental parts. We made it through the first two lyrics or so before everyone in the class ran to a different instrument and began playing. Lots of musical ownership in this class. They took it to the next level. We also started talking about 8th grade projects.
See you next week...