PS 22 Chorus- "Don't Stop Believin'"

Monday, January 30, 2012

Playing Instruments and Reading Rhythms

Two things that we have been working on in Pence music classes are playing rhythm instruments and learning to read different rhythm patterns.  Playing the rhythm instruments is something most students like to do, and it helps them start learning about beat and rhythm patterns.  This is incorporated into many of the daily lessons we do in music.
Also important to the budding music student is the skill of reading rhythm patterns.  To do this, the student must know what the different kinds of notes are, and what value is given each.  Class activities are periodically focused on this, starting with the basic and progressing to the complex.  As the student's skill grows, he will be able to more fully enjoy listening to and performing music.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Time to Order Recorders

An update on the 4th grade recorders at Pence:
Mr. Strickler's class has turned in the most recorder papers (Yea, Kids!)  Only 3 more of them need to turn in papers.
Mrs. Freeman's class has 6 more papers to be returned.
Mr. Boatright's class has 8 more papers to be returned.
Get those recorder papers in soon, kids, so we can get started!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Advantages of Music Listening

Did you know...
Medical researchers have reported that subjects lowered both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure as much as five points (mm/Hg) and reduced heart rates by four to five beats per minute following music listening sessions.  People with high blood pressure can help keep their blood pressure down by listening to relaxing low frequency music in the morning and evening.
-Tony Wigram, "The Psychological and Physiological Effects of Low Frequency Sound and Music,"  Music Therapy Perspectives, 1995.

Did you know...
Students with good rhythmic performance ability can more easily detect and differentiate between patterns in math, music, science, and the visual arts.
-"Rhythm seen as key to man's evolutionary development," TCAMS Professional Resource Center, 2000.

Did you know...
Students in arts programs are more likely to try new things, and they can better express their own ideas to friends, teachers, and parents.
-Champions of Change, the President's Council on the Arts and Humanities, 1999.

Monday, January 9, 2012

3rd Grade Begins Learning Note Names

The Pence 3rd graders have started learning about note names on the treble clef.  This is part of a skill set needed to become a music reader.  Also, they will need to know this in order to play recorders in 4th grade, and it will carry over as they continue enjoying and performing music.  The students will be doing activities throughout the remainder of the year that reinforce the note names.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

It's Recorder Time!

             Below is a letter that was sent home this week with the Pence 4th graders that introduces our recorder unit in music class.  Please make sure your child's name is on the form when it gets returned to school.
                                                                                                January 3, 2012
                                                                                                Pence Elementary
Dear 4th Grade Families,
            This year our fourth graders will be playing the recorder in music class.  The recorder is a true instrument with a flute-like tone which has been in use for centuries.  It is played and enjoyed as a hobby by many adults as well as children.
            Since excellent plastic recorders are available at a low price, we offer its study in our fourth grade classes.  Student plastic recorders may be purchased through the school for $2.00.  If a recorder can be bought from another child or you have one in the family, please indicate below.  If you do not wish to purchase an instrument your child may borrow one from the school.
            Please return the bottom portion so I will know how many new recorders to order.    I will tell each class at school when to bring their money.
            Please encourage your child to practice and play for you!

                                                                                                Mrs. Keller
                                                                                                Music Teacher
  Please no checks!!  Cash only.

We would like our child________________________________________________
to learn to play a recorder in music class.

              Check one:
_______We have a recorder.

_______We will pay $2.00 for a student plastic recorder ordered through the school.

_______We would like to borrow a recorder from the school.