This week, Kindergarten students are exploring fast and slow steady beats with all parts of their body, which will lead us to future discussions of rhythm and provide them with the necessary tools to compose their own pieces. First and Second graders will be focusing on pitch, a concept which many students are able to demonstrate but which some still have a hard time defining. Using Boomwhackers to show pitch through sound, color, and size, students will define pitch and then explain how the size of an instrument affects the pitch. Finally, Third graders will put their understanding of pitch, beat, and instrumentation to use in analyzing recordings of music from other cultures, learning both how to listen to music respectfully and how to compare and contrast it using the vocabulary we know.
Each of these lessons are providing the foundation for future opportunities in composition and music evaluation, the latter of which will support our continuing rehearsal of our Winter Show music.