Music Curriculum Newsletter

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December 2018

Kara Miscio and Carey Shinbaum '87


Enjoy reading about music classes
and see videos of classes below. 

Early Learning Center
      November and December have flown by, and it is hard to believe that we are already at the end of 2018!  In between preparing for the L2 Advent Chapel and the L1 Hanukkah Chapel, we were able to fit in some holiday favorites.  A few examples:  dancing the “Kindergarten Reel”, playing instruments to the song “Shoo Turkey” and doing the “Nutcracker March” using the stretchy band.

Lower Primary
Early November provided Lower Primary students the opportunity to shine in special chapels celebrating Veterans Day and Thankful Day. In music and choir classes, they learned George M. Cohan's patriotic show tune “You’re A Grand Old Flag” for the former presentation and “Thanks Be (for the little things)” by songwriter Betsey Rose for the latter. Related music theory activities including building large scale notation on the music room’s oversized floor staff, and learning simple chordal accompaniments. Later in the month, in a non traditional homage to the festive fowl, students explored the fiddle tune “Turkey in the Straw”, and also learned the steps that make up the “Oklahoma Mixer”, a surprising dance taught to school children in Japan, which uses the same tune!

December music activities included listening to klezmer music at the start of Hanukkah, and learning the traditional English advent song “Christmas is Coming”, both as a round and using American Sign Language (ASL). A Lower Primary technology project using online holiday images was extended to the music room, as students learned to consider the sacred or secular elements of various Christmas carols. iPad music technology provided virtual keyboards for learning the melody of “Joy To the World”, served as a play portal for Google’s fascinating and intuitive Chrome Music Lab

Middle Primary
November and December have flown by, and it is hard to believe that we are already at the end of 2018! We spent a lot of time preparing for the Lessons and Carols chapel, but were also able to fit in other activities, such as learning the “Oklahoma Mixer” and the chapel song “Gather Together in Love” on the tone chimes.  Some groups even explored movement while playing!  

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Upper Primary
November and December have flown by, and it is hard to believe that we are already at the end of 2018!  We spent a lot of time preparing for the Holiday Concert, and most activities were related to the various instrumental, dance and vocal numbers you heard during that program.  

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While you were preparing to enjoy the show, Upper Primary students enjoyed reading to one another while biding their time and waiting to begin!  It was a spontaneous and entertaining activity, and we are looking forward to more fun with these students in 2019!   

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