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Music

Barb Bauchman

Barb Bauchman

Read about the latest happenings in music class at the Toledo Campus for students in levels 1-8 with Barb Bauchman.

The Upper Elementary Ensemble  and Middle school Band will play a holiday concert on Friday, December 19th at 9:15 am in the Commons. Please feel free to come and enjoy the music!

 

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LEVELS 1-6

The students in levels 1-6 are busy sharing their musical talents and treasures this week during their class time as they enjoy their first of two”music share days” this year. They may sing a song, play an instrument, make an instrument or bring anything having to do with music and present it in class to share with their peers.

LEVELS 4-6

These children are preparing for their upcoming field trip to hear The Toledo Symphony and their special guests, PROJECT Trio. The students will be enjoying pieces by composers Rossini, Brahms, Grieg and Beethoven. This special event will take place on Thursday morning, Nov. 20th at the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theater. The students in the Upper Elementary are also busy completing job applications as they apply for their role in the upcoming music production of Pirates! 2 The Hidden Treasure. This show is scheduled for 7:00 pm on Friday, March 13th in the Commons.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

The MS is studying the British Invasion, a phenomenon that occurred in the the mid 1960’s. The Beatles are the kick-off band and are being followed up through research and listening by the Rolling Stones, The Honeycombs, The Animals and a plethora of other bands.

 

 

 

 

Different hands-on LEGO activities have been introduced in various levels in Technology. LEGOs are a great way to demonstrate how technology can be effectively incorporated into daily activities.

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3rd Level Students are building scales.  Later, they will weigh different objects and record the data in Excel.

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5th Level students are programming LEGO robotics to the song “Building Guy”, which they performed in Music class. They worked in groups to construct the models and use LEGO education WeDO software to program the models to move with the beat of the music.

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4th Level are creating a story using LEGOs. They will build a model, take digital images of the model, and upload the images into the LEGO StoryStarter Visualizer software. The students will crop the images, apply different filters to their images, and add text to create a story.

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4th Level are creating a story using LEGOs. They will build a model, take digital images of the model, and upload the images into the LEGO StoryStarter Visualizer software. The students will crop the images, apply different filters to their images, and add text to create a story.

The Orff instruments are out and the students have begun to play and create music!

Level 1 is playing “Monster Stew”

Level 2 is playing “Autumn”

Level 3 is playing “The Midnight Dance”

These autumn/seasonal songs include the glockenspiels, metalophones, xylophones and various rhythm instruments. The students are reviewing the proper way to hold mallets, play rhythms and work as a group to accomplish the goal of “creating” music.

Level 5 is playing “Building Guy”, a piece of music based on LEGOS. This piece of music will be recorded and used as background music for their LEGO robotics in Technology class.

Level 6 is playing “Swirly Hoop Song”. This song incorporates the use of hula hoops as a rhythm instrument in addition to the regular Orff instruments.

The Middle School class is playing the ever famous 50’s song, “Splish, Splash” made famous by Bobby Darin! Prior to beginning this song they researched a top 100 song from the 1950’s and also the recording artist. After all the students presented their research in class they chose their instrument part to play. The Orff arrangement of “Splish, Splash” includes the bass drum, snare drum, piano and cymbals along with the standard instrumentation.

Level 4 continues to learn about the instruments of the orchestra through rhythm band accompaniments, hands on experience and listening opportunities. The latest instruments introduced were the saxophone, clarinet, flute, piccolo, tuba and the percussion family.

The “Star Spangled Banner” poem was penned 200 years ago September 14 by Francis Scott Key,an attorney and witness to the 25 hour bombardment of Fort McHenry. He saw and wrote about the star-spangled flag flying in its glory at the fort at dawn’s early light. President Herbert Hoover, after a congressional resolution and signature, proclaimed the “Star Spangled Banner” as our National Anthem in 1931.

All classes in levels 1-6 have spent time during the past two weeks studying, singing and discussing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

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