Music classes at MBES have been working towards earning karaoke parties for good behavior. As their note moves up the music staff, they get closer and closer to their party. When the note reaches the top line, it's party time!
At this point in the year, all classes have participated in their first karaoke parties, and I have heard some wonderful singing! The students enjoy singing familiar songs and listening to their friends perform. While they are having fun, they're actually meeting national music standards! The first NAfME standard says "Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music." I have enjoyed hearing the students sing, and I look forward to the next round of karaoke parties!
Every 4-6 weeks, our third, fourth, and fifth grade students will learn about a new composer in music class. So far, we have learned about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and Scott Joplin (1868-1917). We begin by reading the composer's biography from Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times, (And What the Neighbors Thought) to learn about his/her life, what was going on in history at the time, his/her most famous works, etc. We listen to and analyze pieces of music by the composer (Georgia Performance Standards: Music 6 & 7) as well as watch some recordings of performances. We end each composer study by playing a game of Jeopardy to review what we've learned. Through these composer studies, students will be exposed to music in many different styles and genres throughout history. So far, the students have learned a lot of important facts about these composers and can even identify some of their music! The next time you hear an ice cream truck playing "The Entertainer," hopefully, your student can tell you that Scott Joplin composed it!