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Music Update: 3-6 grade

Date: October 22, 2015 Author: Naomi Haugen Categories: 3 - 4, 5 - 6 1

Dear Families –

Here is an update from our fall music enrichment classes for Grades 3 – 6 and information about upcoming lessons. Please keep reading as your responses are requested!

Much of our exploration of music has been centered on the broad theme of Literature and how it intersects with music. Using examples from Mother Goose and Arnold Lobel’s Pigericks, the students have learned about limericks. Last week, they wrote their own limericks and this week, are creating melodies for their words. We have also spent several weeks reading poems from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot and listening to excerpts of its musical adaptation, Cats! by Andrew Lloyd Weber. I encourage you to explore on the internet to see and hear Cats! Some of the students have chosen to take home a packet of poems from the book. If your child did not bring one home and you would like one, please let Naomi Haugen know.

Next week, students will begin an exploration/review of orchestra instrument families and instruments. For our literature connection, I would like to introduce the students to Shakespeare through adapted versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and music that has been inspired by the play. The play centers on three arenas of action – four young people with boyfriend-girlfriend conflicts, a group of workers who are preparing a play for the ruler’s wedding celebration, and a group of playful “fairies” who cause mischief for everyone. The comedic plot involves mistaken identities and crazy confusion, but all works out for love and happiness. I will be basing much of my planning on A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids by Lois Burdett, from her series Shakespeare Can be Fun! There are many adapted versions available for viewing on YouTube, including some clever animations. I encourage you to explore online resources to learn more about the play. If you have questions or concerns about your child learning about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, please let Naomi Haugen know immediately. Also, if you or your child would like to demonstrate a string, wind, or brass instrument, please let me know of that too.

Thanks for your support of our enrichment classes!  The students are making excellent musical progress!

1 Comments: "Music Update: 3-6 grade"

  1. Published by: Malu Dums Date: October 22, 2015

    Sounds wonderful – thanks for the information. The kids really enjoy your class and it is so nice that you give them such rich musical and dramatic experiences. We can see the positive impacts. Neel expressed interest in demonstrating his violin if you need him to (and Hael his viola if applicable for his class).