Where did April go? Here are a few highlights of music happenings.
We have a new Orff instrument! Thanks to generous donations from The Parent Group and Margaret Price (Ms. Price’s wonderful mom), we were able to purchase a beautiful alto metallophone. The unveiling took place in all classes K-6, and what fun we had exploring the various attributes of this instrument. Since then, students in Gr. 2-5 have been working on writing some “chance music”, allowing the throw of dice determine which notes will be sounded. In preparation, we have studied several kinds of scales (major, minor, pentatonic), triads (3-note chords), sharps and flats. Students have had to choose which scale, or which specific set of notes, they want to assign to particular numbers on dice. After many throws and jotting down the results, the notes will strung together to create melodies. Students will then be faced with decisions about how to best group the notes rhythmically to produce the best melody. Finally, the compositions will be played on an instrument of each student’s choice from the school collection.
Our annual Spring Show is Friday, May 10 , beginning at 9:00 am, and will last about a hour. Several students auditioned to be in the show and all grades, K-8, will be represented. We are looking forward to another fun musical extravaganza!