3rd 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.

Sarasponda Chord Roots

posted May 4, 2013, 10:30 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 4, 2013, 10:31 AM ]

3rd graders have already gotten very good at figuring out and singing chord roots to songs that use tonic and dominant. Now, they are working on identifying subdominant as well! In this song, you will hear them sing "do", which is the chord root of tonic, "so", which is the chord root of dominant, and "fa", which is the chord root of subdominant. 

3rd Grade Chord Roots of Sarasponda


In this video, they are labeling the chord function by singing "tonic", "dominant", and "SD" (short for subdominant).

3rd Grade Sarasponda Chord Function



Improvising Rhythms on Chord Roots

posted May 4, 2013, 9:57 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 4, 2013, 9:58 AM ]

Here are videos of our 3rd graders improvising duple rhythms on tonic and dominant chord roots while I sing the song "Biddy Biddy". Improvising means that they are creating the rhythms on the spot. 

FES 3B Improvising Rhythms on Chord Roots


SES 3B Improvising Rhythms on Chord Roots


SES 3A Improvising Rhythms on Chord Roots



Share a Talent!

posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:13 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!

Creative Dance Project

posted Mar 12, 2013, 10:18 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 10:24 AM ]

Last week, 3rd graders created their own dances to the song "Pata Pata". This activity helped us practice our beat competency and to hear when phrases change. These were the only parameters they were given: (1) Your dance must have four different dance moves (one for each phrase), and (2) each dance move must be eight macrobeats long. They were allowed to be creative about everything else. Watch the video and take a look at the variety of dance moves the students came up with. Some used stationary movement the whole time, some used locomotor movement. Some groups used macrobeats for each move, others moved to microbeats. Some moves consisted of eight consecutive motions, and other motions were split into two groups of four. Many groups mixed up their use of hands and feet to feel the beat. One group even decided to add a vocal part to their dance. Enjoy!

3rd Grade Creative Dance Project


Pata Pata

posted Feb 5, 2013, 8:58 AM by Erika Novoselich

This is a fun folk dance that 3rd graders learned quickly at the beginning of class today to get them moving and thinking. It helps us feel steady beat and hear musical phrases. 

3B "Pata Pata"


Welcome, Welcome

posted Jan 24, 2013, 10:40 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Mar 7, 2013, 10:20 AM ]

This is a song that 3rd graders have been singing since the beginning of the year. Just recently, we learned how to sing the chord roots that go with the song. We have learned this song in both major and minor tonalities. Both 3B classes are showing major tonality in their videos, and 3A is showing minor tonality in their video.

We learned about how all songs have chords, and a chord is made up of three or more notes played or sung at the same time. We already learned about the notes in Major Tonic (DO-MI-SO), Major Dominant (SO-FA-RE-TI), Minor Tonic (LA-DO-MI) and Minor Dominant (MI-RE-TI-SI) in 2nd grade, so now we are discovering that when all of these notes are played or sung at the same time, it creates a Major/Minor Tonic Chord or a Major/Minor Dominant Chord. Within each chord is one note called the "chord root", which is the most important note in the chord. In these videos, we are singing the chord roots (DO and SO for major and LA and MI for minor) and we are also naming the chord function by singing "tonic" or "dominant" on the chord root pitches. At the end, you can see how the students sing the chord roots and the melody all by themselves by splitting the class in half to sing in two parts (which we learned is called "harmony"). 

3B (Forest Grove) Welcome, Welcome


3B (South) Welcome, Welcome


3A (South) Welcome, Welcome



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

posted Jan 8, 2013, 10:33 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. 

Third grade students are working towards understanding how to audiate and identify meter. We now begin to compare meters (partial synthesis) and play with meters. We change duple meter songs into triple meter songs and vice versa. We also begin to read and write rhythm notation (symbolic association).

Students are also working to understand how to audiate and identify tonality. We being to play with tonality in a variety of ways too. We change songs from major tonality to minor tonality and vice versa. We begin to look at tonal patterns in notation. Lastly, we will take all of this information we’ve learned about tonality, meter, and melody and compose our first piece of music in small groups.

The students will start to understand how to audiate chords within music. We continue to reinforce and practice hearing and identifying chord changes. We will focus on tonic, dominant, and subdominant chords this year. We continue to accompany our songs on tone bar instruments.

All of this learning is achieved through fast-paced classroom activities, where we sing, chant, or play a variety of short songs in many different meters and tonalities. 

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, 1:29 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, 6:05 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.

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