Welcome Back to School!

The school year has begun and the month of September has been a blur! Welcome back to Millgrove School and another wonderful year of learning together! The time has been flying by as students in grades 2, 3 and 4 have been making beautiful music in the “new” (old) Music Room!

Grade 2 classes have focused on learning about the beat, high and low sounds and singing in our singing voices.
Grade 3 class have been working on a cool Orff piece called “Ricky Ticky Bear”. There are 7 instrumental parts that need to play during this song and a passing game makes it a ton of fun!
Grade 4 started off with dancing to Crazy Frog’s “Axel F”, learning a welcome hand jive, exploring canon with “Jelly Belly” and a beautiful piece for fall- “Autumn Leaves”.

Peter and the Wolf with Grade 3

Peter and the Wolf

Peter and the Wolf

On Tuesday April 28th the grade 3 classes had a very special field trip to the Winspear Centre in Edmonton to watch the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) perform the famous orchestral work “Peter and the Wolf.” In music classes leading up to the concert, students were introduced to the four families of music instruments, 2 versions of the story through picture books and of course the music which tells the story in its own way!

We had a wonderful time at the symphony!

New Bulletin Board!

Peter and the Wolf Bulletin Board

Peter and the Wolf Bulletin Board

Grade 3 classes have been studying “Peter and the Wolf” composed by Sergei Prokofiev. This bulletin board uses great visuals and descriptions to match the instruments with the characters they represent!

Peter and the Cat

Peter and the Cat

The Wolf and the Hunters

The Wolf and the Hunters

The Bird and the Duck

The Bird and the Duck

Grandfather

Grandfather

Choral Celebration: A Huge Success!!

Millgrove School Choir performed beautifully yesterday at Parkland School Division’s annual Choral Celebration. Choral Celebration is a district wide choral concert that brings school choirs from all across the division together for a wonderful morning of music making. We all get to hear fantastic songs performed by other choirs and share our own performance piece too!

Here are a few pictures from yesterday!

Waiting to sing!

Waiting to sing!

Our accompanists this year were students!

Our accompanists this year were students!

Still waiting!

Still waiting!

Going on stage to sing "Turn the World Around."

Going on stage to sing “Turn the World Around.”

Just about to sing!

Just about to sing!

Learning to Read Notes!

Notes on the Staff

Notes on the Staff

 

Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.

This classic sentence is used by music teachers everywhere to help students remember the line notes on the treble clef staff. In grade 3 and 4 we are working not only with recorder playing, but note reading as well.

The space notes spell FACE which is easy enough to remember!

Looking around the music room there are a more than a few visuals that can help with reading notes.

Notes on the Staff: Visuals

Notes on the Staff: Visuals

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C Major Scale

music monday 242

Musicians Rock on Lines and Spaces!

 

Here is a video I found on youtube that helps students with the names of the notes! Enjoy!

Updates!

Yikes! It has been a little while since I’ve last updated my blog.

There are lots of things happening in Music at Millgrove!

Grades 2, 3 and 4 enjoyed playing the drums during the first 3 weeks of January as they explored drumming technique, rhythms, improvisations and poems. A big thank you goes out to our amazing Parent Council for providing the funds to buy a number of beautiful new drums which enhanced our drumming unit immensely.

Grade 3 classes have begun to learn to play the recorder. Recorders can be left here at school for safe keeping or brought home to practice! My one request though is that the recorders come back to school every day so they are here for music class time.

Grade 4 classes have been working very hard on a special project for their parents that should be going home around Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned…

CHOIR!!
Grade 3 and 4 students who have joined choir have had 2 rehearsals already and the choir is shaping up to be fantastic this year. We are performing at Choral Celebration on Monday March 23rd at Beulah Alliance Church in Edmonton. A note will be going home soon outlining more details about choir.

Planning For December Concerts

Believe it or not, it is that time of year when we begin planning for our concerts in December. This year the grades 2,3 and 4 students will be performing at Horizon Stage. Kindergarten and grade 1 students will be performing at the school. More information concerning specific details will be coming in the weeks ahead!

Students have the opportunity to audition, in class, for speaking parts in the performance. Auditions are happening this week so that we are able to choose our performers and begin working as soon as we all return from fall break.

Best of luck to all students who try out! And stay tuned for more information!

There is Peace

All students at Millgrove School will be learning this beautiful song for our Remembrance Day assembly. The students from 4W were so inspired that they wanted to record it. Please enjoy their enthusiasm and beautiful singing! It is a raw recording with a little weird bell sound at the end so be warned!

Wind in the Corn

A number of years ago I attended a fantastic music workshop presented by Jo Ella Hug. I fell in love with one of the songs she wrote called “Wind in the Corn.” Its haunting and beautiful melody lends itself perfectly to moving with scarves and the lyrics make me imagine a breezy fall day.

The grade 4 students in the following video created the scarf dance and they sing the song so beautifully. It is still a work in progress but worthy to be shared!