What a great week! These purple magicians are showing me some magical
growth, especially with our first ever "Showtime" piece. They all played Bounce and Roll - we took time to listen to each student showcase a little
bit of the song - they all did an amazing job playing hands together, and some totally nailed their staccato and legato and a couple even sang along while
they played! We cheered for each other, and now we're moving on from that song. They'll not play it again in class. I'll let you know when to prepare for
our next showtime!
Don't forget to brush up on those song lyrics, especially Magic Keys and Our Bugs are so Fun right now. The concepts in those songs will stick with them
for years to come, and will provide easy memory for very important musical ideas.
Ode to Joy
We practiced hearing downbeats last year, now we’re listening
for the upbeats as well. The downbeat is the first beat of the
measure, and the upbeat just precedes that stronger downbeat. This song helps us feel that with our bodies --- and helps us to get to know a little bit
about Ludwig van Beethoven along the way!
This 'spooky' song is a great repertoire piece to give us a little more practice on our C minor cadence. Hands will play together in our new 3/4 time
signature, and we will even have an opportunity to try a bit of improvisation as the semester continues.