Lower School Music
Sing a Song of Seasons
Singing Halloween songs is always a great way to explore vocal registers and dramatic interpretations of songs and stories. Fourth graders enjoyed learning "The Ghost of John," and singing it in canon, adding spooky ostinatos as an introduction. The final "performance version" was singing and moving in canon, which earned each class several award stickers. All grades enjoy acting out stories and adding instruments to accompany the characters and song. Fourth graders did an excellent job in bringing "The Vanishing Pumpkin," to life. This is a story about a 700 year old woman, an 800 year old man and a 900 year old wizard. By the end of the day, I could identify with all three.
Third graders took to the stage recently with a musical adaptation of "Charlotte's Web." Although the words to several of the songs were difficult, these thespians did not let that bother them. I thought they did a masterful job of singing in tune, and their stage presence was outstanding. In the 17 years that I have been at St. Andrew's, I have never seen this play done so well. Kudos to them all...and to their teachers!
The second grade has a hard act to follow, as their play is scheduled for December. They will present "Holiday Traditions Around the World." The children are quite excited about singing the many songs that are part of this play, and I know they will learn much about cultures of other lands, and will enjoy sharing that knowledge with all of us.
First graders continue to explore the elements of music, and are embarking on the beginning phases of reading rhythmic patterns. They enjoyed adding "scary instruments" to Halloween songs, and playing a game about a pumpkin that ran away at Thanksgiving. They love stories, and I read "Little Bear's Thanksgiving," and let them add unpitched percussion instruments for each character.
Happy holidays to you and yours!