Monday, 19 March 2018

An Announcement from St. Jude's Academy

Hello all,
Hope everyone is having a wonderful March Break.
I am now busily editing some photos from Spirit Week and music class which I hope will be ready to share soon.

In the meantime, I would like to share with you this information flyer about our new St. Jude's Football Club.  It is a very exciting opportunity!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

'There was a man lived in the moon ..."

This week we continued our "World of Songs" by learning a folk song from Korea asking a little blue bird to not disturb a flowering bean plant or the jelly-maker would be sad.  Together we decided on what dynamic and tempo would be best to express the sadness of the song.  We decided on soft and slow because it sure sounded silly loud and fast!

Then we learned a frog song from Japan and even got to hop around while we sang it.



Later in the week, we took a break from our travels to revisit a favourite song, Aikendrum and got to make our own Aikendrum bobbleheads.  Mr. Aikendrum lives in the moon and he is made up entirely of food! 

Saturday, 24 February 2018

"A World of Song" (Continued ...)

After an exciting week last week (100 Day!, Pancake Tuesday, Valentines Day, PD Day!) and a (hopefully) fun and relaxing long weekend, we were back our "travelling" around the world learning new songs.  This week we "traveled" to Europe and learned songs from two countries.

An Austrian Went Yodelling (Austria)
and Rock-a-Bye, Baby Bear (Latvia)

We also sang some of our favourites of the songs we learned on our "travels" (Ram-Sam-Sam is particularly popular) and some of our old favourites (Peanut Butter still tops the list!)

The students were also super excited to find the newest Rhythm Shakers added to our Rhythm Instrument Box.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

a World of Song ...

Wow!  The last few weeks have flown by ... I guess that's what happens when you're busy making music.  And that's what we have been doing in music class making lots and lots of beautiful music. Fast Music.  Slow Music.  Quiet Music. LOUD Music.

Both the JKs and the SKs have been "travelling the world" through songs.

We started in Canada.  We sang My Paddle Keen and Bright while keeping the beat and rowing our canoes together.  We sang all about Sandwiches ("Sandwiches are beautiful. Sandwiches are find.  I like sandwiches; I eat them all the time") by iconic Canadian children's musician, Fred Penner.  And we learned Skinnamarink" by equally iconic Canadian children's musicians, Sharon, Lois & Bram (though we still aren't quite sure what a skinnamarink is).

Then we "flew" across the ocean to Morocco at the top of Africa and learned the song A Ram-Sam-Sam.  We then learned A Kapsule, a song about friendship from Angola, and a call-and-response tag game from Ghana called Che Che Koolay.

Next we headed back across the ocean to Mexico and and rode El Treyn and then finished the week off in Chile where we sang, Canta, Canta, Pajarito ("Sing, Sing, Little Bird") in hopes that Spring will be here soon.

We also had a lot of fun accompanying our new songs with a brand new set of rhythm instruments that I purchased for us (who knew maracas would be such a big hit!).

Here we have a video of some of our smallest 100 year olds on 100 Day singing the song A Kapasule that we just learned.  They take turns sharing our new rhythm instruments, clapping their hands (because we all are our own instruments), and holding the world.  The words to the song mean, "My friend" and "How are you?".

Our grade 1 friends have started learning about the musical instrument families and how they make sound.  They will continue to explore all sorts of instruments and then they will get to be musical inventors and design/invent their own musical instrument.  I can't wait to see what they come up with!

Sunday, 28 January 2018

"We Are the Music Makers" (Continued) ...

Our Musical Instrument Masterpieces have been completed!
After several days of a wonderfully creative messy process 
the JKs created their very own Percussion Instruments (Shakers of all sorts of styles and sounds)
and the SKs created a variety of instruments of their own design. 
(We had Percussion Instruments, and String Instruments, and Wind Instruments!)

When we were all done we gathered together at the carpet to play Tingalayo together
accompanied by our newly created Musical Instruments.

After all, one of the best things about music is making it together!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

"We Are the Music Makers" ....

"We are the Music Makers,
and We are the Dreamers of Dreams.
We are the Movers and Shakers
of the World Forever, it seems."
~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy ~ 

It seems like it's taken a bit to get "back in the swing of things" after a nice an relaxing holiday time but we are back underway making music!  

Our return to the music room began with a reviewing our rules and expectations when in the music room and a refresher on what we have learned thus far.

The JKs and SKs finished learning about the last instrument family: STRINGS (i.e. instruments you strum or pluck).  Grade 1s were just getting ready to start their "Stomp Out Loud!" inspired assignment when we were interrupted by the fire alarm!  It was a chilly adventure but we're all very happy that we (and the school) are all safe and sound.

Thursday and Friday we had an EXPLOSION OF CREATIVITY in the Music Room as the JKs and SKs began work on making their very own MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.  We've got all sorts of percussion and string instruments (and I believe I even saw a few wind instruments being attempted).

We will be continuing on with our instruments in the upcoming week, sharing/presenting them to the class, and playing along while we sing some of our old favourites before learning our new songs.

The grade ones started their "Stomp Out Loud" assignment by writing their rhythms together.  
They will be performing their rhythms on whatever item they wish and presenting them to the class next week.

Friday, 15 December 2017

"Fa La La La La!"

The past few weeks in music class have been spent gearing up for the Christmas Concert (and practicing, practicing, practicing!), performing TWO Christmas Concerts, and gearing down from two great performances.

We spent a lot of time working on how to walk on and off the stage, projecting our voices all the way to the back of the auditorium, and choreography (all important parts of being a musician).

We also drew pictures inspired by our Christmas Concert songs. Even Melvil (our Library Slot who loves to come to music class got involved).


Christmas Concert was a great success!  Our little musicians put on a great show and we are so proud of them all.  I hoped you all enjoyed the show as much as I did. (as a side note: I missed the evening concert because I was in the Book Fair - if anyone got video or great pics of the JK, SK, and Mr. Foster's Grade 1s, I would love to see a copy. Thanks).