It's hard to believe that it's almost the end of September!!
The beginning of the year has been flying by so far. We've been having a great time singing, moving, and playing instruments in music class!
Also, this past week marked the beginning of the 2015-2016 Marshall Elementary Early Morning Choir! We had our first two rehearsals on Tuesday and Thursday morning and the kids sounded GREAT! I'm so excited to hear them sing each week.
Attention 3rd and 4th graders of Marshall Elementary!
Choir starts Tuesday, September 22nd.
The Marshall Elementary Choir will meet in the music room every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:30-8:25. Choir is a wonderful and engaging experience for 3rd and 4th grade students who want to learn more about the voice and performing. We play, we sing, and we perform in several public concerts. Performances include the Christmas Concert, and we’ve been asked to sing the National Anthem at a Whitecaps game every year since May, 2002!
Enrollment will be limited to the first 65 students that sign up!!
Please contact Miss Hoop for more details.
We are back to school this week, and are singing, playing, and learning in full force! I've been having a blast getting to see all of your kiddos and learning the names and personalities of all the new students we have this year at Marshall Elementary.
Feel free to check this blog to see updates on what we're learning and doing in music class! I see each class two times a week for thirty minutes. I can't wait to get to know each student better as we learn together this school year.
That's all for now, and I'll leave you with a picture of my classroom door this year (I'm really loving how it turned out). It combines two of my favorite things: reading and music!
Today the Byron Center Elementary Choirs had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Whitecaps game! They sounded FANTASTIC and represented our schools well. :) Way to go, Marshall Elementary, Brown Elementary, and Countryside Elementary!
This week in 1st grade music we are working on practicing our newest rhythm element, the "rest". We have learned that a quarter rest (we count it as "Shh") takes up the space of one beat, but there are no sounds on that beat. After doing a lot of reading, playing, clapping, and saying rhythms with our new rest, we started writing with rests today!
Each group got four dots (to represent the four beats in our patterns). They placed a fruit on a dot (a two syllable fruit like "apple" or "lemon" for two sounds on a beat, "ti-ti"; or a one syllable fruit like "grapes" or "pear" for one sound on a beat, "ta"). They could also choose to leave a dot blank, which would symbolize no sound on a beat (our rest!)
After making each four beat pattern, the group worked together to write out the rhythm of that pattern on their whiteboard. After I checked their group for correctness, they erased and wrote a new rhythm! The first graders did a great job with this activity. See the pictures below! Feel free to ask your first grader about the rhythm syllables we know in music. Which one makes one sound on a beat? Which makes two sounds on a beat? Which makes no sounds on a beat?
The Early Morning 3rd and 4th grade choir did a FANTASTIC job at their Festival of Voices Concert! Check out the pictures!
About Miss Hoop
My name is Meghan Hoop and I am a K-12 certified music educator. I love teaching at Marshall Elementary, where I get to make music with DK-4th graders every day!
Miss Hoop, as drawn by one of her former 5th graders. :)