Mar 14, 2014

Gym Dogs Meet

Earlier this year, I received an invitation from the UGA Athletic Association asking if our 4th and 5th grade chorus would sing the national anthem at a UGA gymnastics meet. I couldn't wait to accept! What a great opportunity for our students. The meet was this past Saturday, March 8, and I couldn't have been a more proud music teacher! The students sang so well, and they were very patient waiting for a long time before they performed! I hope we are able to make this a yearly tradition. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped out. We couldn't have pulled it off without you!

Gathering before the meet

Massage train! Even Mrs. Payne can't pass up a free massage! :)


Patiently waiting in the tunnel

Beautiful singing!

Mar 7, 2014

Winter in Music

In the cold month of January, our Kindergarten and first grade students learned all about cold weather and snow in music class! This unit was perfect timing with all the snow days we've had this year! We sang songs about snow, like Five Little Snowmen. After we read the book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (one of my favorites!), we added movements and moved around the music room just like Peter did in the story.

We used our brand new bass xylophones (Thanks PTO!!!) to add an Orff accompaniment to the song "Snowy Day." Using some paper plates and our imaginations, we transformed the music room into a winter wonderland and ice skated around while we listened to "Waltz of the Snowflakes" from The Nutcracker. We had so much fun with winter in music class!

The Nutcracker

During December, music classes studied "The Nutcracker," by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We read the story of The Nutcracker together.

We did a lot of fun movement activities to the songs of The Nutcracker! We were able to discuss the form of the song using visuals on the SMART Board, and then we added the movements. The kids had a great time using one of their favorite things, the stretchy band!