In Kindergarten, students will learn the song "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands." Although it began as a gospel song, we will change the word "he" to "we," to promote greater inclusion and personal connection. Once we are familiar with the song, students will have the opportunity to tell everyone what is important in their world by composing their own verse in the form of an illustration.
Having just finished learning about a variety of orchestra instruments, 1st graders will get their first introduction to Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz trumpet player and raspy singer. His rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" is a classic that is sure to please as we learn its simple but energetic refrain!
Both 2nd and 3rd grade students will be dramatically switching gears as they go from their unit on instruments in classical music to folk music. Second graders will begin learning "Follow the Drinking Gourd," a hauntingly beautiful folk song that tells of how the slaves from the South traveled to the North - to freedom! Once we are familiar with the song, students will work in groups of two or three to draw maps to freedom based on the lyrical content of the song.
Meanwhile, 3rd graders will go a slightly more contemporary route as they learn and analyze Woody Guthrie's famous song "This Land is Your Land." A popular anthem of equality if there ever was one, students will analyze both the lyrical and melodic content of the song to find out what deeper message Woody was trying to send.