Sep 8, 2015

2015-2016 School Year Beginnings

We are off to a great start in the 2015-2016 school year! Here are a few things students are working on in the music room!

*MBES 4th & 5th Grade Chorus registration is due this Friday, Sept. 11. An extra copy of the registration form can be found under the "Chorus" tab.

Mrs. Duncan's class plays the steady beat with egg shakers.
Mrs. Watkins's class makes a rainstorm with percussion instruments.
Students in Mrs. Warren's class play the rhythms of our classroom expectations on instruments. 

5th graders  begin working on their Boomwhacker composition projects.
Creating rhythm patterns is the first step!

Mar 25, 2015

Honors Chorus

We had our first annual Oconee County Schools Honors Chorus last weekend (March 21, 2015), and it was a great success! 25 fourth and fifth graders were selected from each elementary school, and they put in a lot of rehearsal hours to prepare the music. Our clinician was Mrs. Carol Reeves, director of the Georgia Children's Chorus. She rehearsed 6 pieces of music with our students, and they presented a wonderful concert that afternoon at the NOHS auditorium. We're so proud of these singers and their beautiful performance! Here are some photos from our rehearsals at MBES:

Orff Fun in Fourth Grade!

 Last year, our PTO purchased some new Orff instruments for the music room, and we have really enjoyed playing with them! Here, fourth graders work in groups to play different melodies on the Orff instruments. This helps them practice correct mallet technique as well as their music reading skills. We put all these melodies together to create an Orff class performance. The students have a great time with these instruments!

Alto Glockenspiels
Soprano Glockenspiels

Chime Bars
Bass Xylophones
Alto Xylphones

Rhythm Centers

Our fifth graders have enjoyed playing rhythm games in music this year! Centers are a great way for students to practice rhythm reading while having fun playing a game! The best kind of learning is when students don't even realize they are learning! :) 
Connect Four - rhythm version!

Rhythm Fly Swat

Boomwhacker Rhythms