2nd Grade (2012-13)*

*Starting in the 2013-14 school year, all grade level posts can be found in the "What's Happening (Blog)" section of the website.

Triceratops Dance and Chord Roots

posted May 4, 2013, 10:02 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 4, 2013, 10:14 AM ]

This is a song we learned in minor tonality. We learned how to sing and play the chord roots on boomwhackers as well. Then, we learned a circle dance to go along with it.

2nd Grade Triceratops Dance and Chord Roots


Share a Talent!

posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:12 PM by Erika Novoselich

Next week during regular music time on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 1st-5th grade  classes are having their music parties for earning 60 stars in music class. These music parties are going to be "Share-A-Talent" parties, so each student is encouraged to come prepared to share a talent with the rest of the class. They could play an instrument, sing a song, perform a dance, read a poem or story they wrote, show artwork they made, tell a joke, act out a skit, show a unique skill like juggling or magic, or any other talent they can think of. They can do talents in pairs or groups if they wish, as well. It has to be (1) school appropriate, (2) possible to do in the music room, and (3) safe. 

One of my favorite things is to see all of the special talents that our students possess. I'm looking forward to next week!

Folk Dance Compositions

posted Mar 20, 2013, 1:07 PM by Erika Novoselich

Our second graders just created their own folk dances! It took us a few weeks to learn all of the moves (about 12 of them), and then students got into small groups and picked which moves they wanted to include in their folk dance. Folk dancing helps students feel a steady beat and hear phrases in a song.

2nd Grade Folk Dance Composition 2013


Beginning Folk Dances

posted Jan 26, 2013, 10:00 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 10:30 AM ]

In second grade, one of the things we learn about is folk dancing. Folk dances help students improve body awareness and coordination, connect movement to preparatory breath and singing, and refine beat competence. It also creates an environment of fun and promotes teamwork with classmates. Here are two folk dance songs that 2nd grade students have learned. In the one called "Old Joe Clark", the students echo duple rhythm patterns in between choruses. Later on in the year students will have rhythm "conversations" with their partner during these sections by creating their own rhythm patterns.

Heel, Toe


Old Joe Clark


It's a New Year! Time to make some music!

posted Jan 8, 2013, 10:55 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jan 10, 2013, 4:54 PM ]

We are back to school again after our two week break, and it's time to get back to music learning. The Holiday Program was great fun, but because we were working with the same three songs for awhile, it was a little difficult to keep learning new things.

Second graders will continue to reinforce their audiation skills. Learning will be facilitated through a variety of songs and chants in many different tonalities and meters. These "classroom" songs and chants are short and usually done without recorded music accompaniment.

We will continue to practice audiating macro and microbeats within a given meter. We reinforce those skills be asking students to generalize (without teacher guidance) while listening to new music. We also begin to explore rhythmic improvisation. Improvisation is creating music in real time with specified guidelines (duple/triple meter).

We will continue discussing what makes a melody. We audiate and identify the resting tone and tonality within each song we sing. We also learn that melodies may begin or end on the resting tone, are organized into phrases, and have patterns that may repeat. We put all of this information into application by creating our own melodies.

We also continue to reinforce and practice what we know about harmony. We identify chord changes within song and accompany our songs. In addition, we begin to use tone instruments to accompany our songs. We learn basic instrument technique and how to play chord roots on the instruments.

Holiday Program

posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:28 AM by Erika Novoselich

Congratulations to all of our South students on a wonderful Holiday Program! I was really impressed by the musicality that each group displayed. Though we try to make the program enjoyable for the audience, entertainment is not our main goal. Our main goal is to be musical and acquire a rich understanding of the songs we perform. I believe we achieved our goal and I am so proud of my students for all of their hard work. 

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:28 PM by Erika Novoselich

Here you can practice the motions to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer


Christmas on Halloween? Yes!

posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:04 PM by Erika Novoselich

Lately we've been busy working on our Christmas songs, even on Halloween! We only have 10 more music classes until our program so we really have to make sure we're learning our songs early. If you want to help your child practice for our program, click here.

Aptitude Testing

posted Sep 25, 2012, 6:08 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Oct 2, 2012, 1:09 PM ]

This week, grades 1st-3rd grades have been hard at work completing our Aptitude Assessments.  These assessments are in two categories, tonal and rhythmic.  Students listen to two part songs or rhythm patterns, and then determine if they are the same or if they are different. This is a tool for me to learn what skills students come to music with, and how we can improve throughout the year!


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