Music ~ Ms. Heo
The students explored different pitches & sounds with the boomwhackers, a singing bowl and various orff instruments. They have learned two basic note values while they sing African Noel. They have added percussions (steel drum, bells and claves) to Jamaican Noel. While they keep a steady beat, they add movements to In the Spirit. They sing the songs by heart.
They have learned how to play the keyboard. The hand/body postures, basic note(rest) values, keeping a steady beat and fingering have been discussed in the class. The students are evaluated every month. The keyboard Karate is a method of advancing on the keyboard through individual goal-setting and testing. They had a white belt test for Amazing Grace and a yellow belt test for Alouette. It is my pleasure to report that all students who came to the class regularly passed the belt tests.
The students have learned music from different countries. Through this world music connection class, the students will describe the various ways how music from different countries enhances our lives by listening, discussion and performing. They understand the differences among the cultures and respect them. The teacher has introduced music from Korea, Australia and Ghana so far. The students are asked to research about a country. All students have chosen a country. Their projects have been assessed based on the teacher-made rubric. It includes country, genre of music, using technology, fun facts, teaching an activity from the country. They have started to present their researches.
The select students have practiced their solo parts and instruments for the Veteran’s Day and Winter Show.
Some students interested in learning an instrument have taken either saxophone or keyboard lessons during their study halls.
The students sang along with the guests, the select students sang the national anthem and two great instrumentalists played an instrument for the Veteran’s Day. In addition, the students have practiced songs for the Winter Show.