Music Curriculum Newsletter

Lower Primary students singing and playing instruments for Chapel program


March / April / May 2019

Kara Miscio and Carey Shinbaum '87


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Young children dancing in music class
Early Learning Center
      During the month of March, we brought some classic folk tales to life using instruments, sound effects and puppets.  The students loved recreating stories such as Chicken Little and The Little Gingerbread Boy!  We also spent time learning a new song to perform on Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Thursday, April 18) and began learning music and dances for the ELC Opera (Friday, May 3).  

Lower Primary students singing and playing instruments for Chapel program

Lower Primary
      March saw LP music students exploring a large chunk of the repertoire for their upcoming Theme Day program (9:00 a.m. on April 26). Activities included learning a Spanish translation of the hymn “I’ve Got Peace Like A River”, as well as trying a chordal accompaniment using iPad “smart” keyboards and guitars. In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, students learned an Irish farewell blessing, as well as corresponding sign language and a handbell arrangement.
      In April, conversation groups were each assigned two songs from the year’s instrumental activities to polish and present for the program. Choir class was spent reviewing the body of the musical numbers, as well as clarifying the performance expectation of the chorus, as well as some individual speaking roles. Lower Primary also prepared a special song for Grandparent’s Day chapel (April 18), to be performed along with ELC students. As showtime draws near, the students are excited to demonstrate the creative ways we have explored this year’s theme “All the Blessings of this Life.”

Middle Primary
        At the beginning of March, we wrapped up a unit on primary chords (I, IV, V) and the 12-bar blues.  We played along on xylophones to a recording of the Duke Ellington Orchestra’s “C-Jam Blues”.  

We have been learning about the water cycle by learning Tom Chapin’s “Wheel of the Water.”  This original canon lends itself beautifully to movement, instrumentation and singing, and we will continue our exploration of this throughout April and Earth Day (April 22).  
      Also, the children have spent their choir time preparing to sing with Upper Primary students for Grandparents Day (April 18).  During chapel, they will present a song from Cameroon titled “Louez le Seigneur” (Praise the Lord) and a piece based on the Beatitudes of the New Testament (Matthew 5:3-10) titled “Blessed Are They.”  

Upper Primary
        In March, we wrapped up a unit on primary chords (I, IV, V) and the 12-bar blues.  We learned about the life and contributions of Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington, and played along on xylophones to a recording of the “C-Jam Blues”.  
      Also, the students have spent their choir time preparing to sing with Middle Primary students for Grandparents Day (April 18).  During chapel, they will present a piece based on the Beatitudes of the New Testament (Matthew 5:3-10) titled “Blessed Are They”, as well as a song from Cameroon titled “Louez le Seigneur” (Praise the Lord).  Upper Primary enjoyed playing percussion instruments to accompany this short praise song.  Using the Jam Session feature of Garage Band as our guide, we layered bongos, claves, shakers and triangles to create a very sophisticated rhythm!   

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