4th 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.

Link Up 2013

posted May 8, 2013, 6:15 PM by Erika Novoselich

On Tuesday, the 4th graders traveled to Muskegon to attend the Link Up concert with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra. They got to sing, play recorder, clap, and stomp along with the orchestra while sitting in the audience with hundreds of other 4th graders. I took videos of three of the pieces at the concert. The first one is called "In C", and it is a piece made up entirely of ostinatos (repeated patterns). Our students were assigned ostinato number 4 prior to the concert. The second piece you will hear is called "Simple Melody", in which the students played recorders and sang. The last piece I filmed was called "Drumlines" and featured the Mona Shores High School Drumline. The students echoed patterns played by the snare drum and bass drum by clapping their hands and stomping their feet.

Link Up 2013


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!

Practice Practice Practice!

posted Mar 12, 2013, 8:22 PM by Erika Novoselich

Hello 4th graders,

As I've said many time in class, it is so important to practice your recorder at home. I only see you once or twice a week and the recorder is difficult to learn unless you practice reading notes and practice your fingerings outside of music class. Even if you don't have your own recorder at home, you can practice the fingerings on a pencil and sing the note names of our songs. If you have your own recorder at home, make sure you are practicing it the right way and trying not to squeak. 

Another great idea is to have your parents quiz you on reading note names. Or, you could quiz yourself by playing this game: Music Notes Flash Cards 
Just type the letter name of each note that you see!

Here are a couple recorder videos to get you inspired:

Simple Melody

posted Jan 24, 2013, 2:20 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jan 25, 2013, 8:41 AM ]

Hello 4th Graders!

If you would like to practice singing and playing "Simple Melody" for our LinkUp field trip in May, here is a video to practice along with. The recorder music and song lyrics are attached below so you can download them.

Simple Melody

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

posted Jan 8, 2013, 10:19 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jan 10, 2013, 4:55 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 four songs for awhile, it was a little difficult to keep learning new things.

The 4th graders will continue to play their recorders and earn belts by learning new songs in our Recorder Kung-Fu curriculum. They will learn harder notes, rhythms, and melodies and they will also continue to improve their notation reading skills. We will also go back to songs we have already learned on recorder and add harmony parts and chord roots to them.

We will also be preparing for our annual trip to the LinkUp Concert in May. This is a field trip where our 4th grade students travel to Muskegon to watch the West Michigan Symphony perform. The neatest thing about this concert is that the students get to participate in some of the songs with the orchestra! We will be working hard preparing to play our recorders and sing songs from the audience along with the musicians on stage. 

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. 

Do You Hear What I Hear?

posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:06 AM by Erika Novoselich

One of my favorite songs from our Holiday Program this year turned out to be "Do You Hear What I Hear?". We worked hard on it, and it paid off. The kids' voices sounded beautiful. Here is a video of our South Elementary 4th and 5th grade students singing "Do You Hear What I Hear?" at our dress rehearsal.

Do You Hear What I Hear? 4th/5th Grade

Coventry Carol Auditions

posted Nov 20, 2012, 12:55 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Nov 20, 2012, 1:06 PM ]

South Elementary: The audition for the recorder solo and recorder small group part for Coventry Carol will be during lunch recess, NOT during music class. If you would like to audition, please practice playing it at home over Thanksgiving break. If you don’t have a recorder at home, you can practice singing the note names and fingering your “air recorder”. Remember, all of our songs can be found here: Holiday ProgramThe auditions will be on the following days in the music room:


4B and 5B: lunch recess on Wednesday, November 28

4A and 5A: lunch recess on Friday, November 30


I will have the music on the screen in my room. Come right to my room at the beginning of your lunch recess and we will audition one or two students at a time. The audition will be the first time through Coventry Carol. I am looking for steady rhythm and correct playing techniques. If you make a mistake or squeak during your audition, just keep going! J  

--Mrs. Novoselich

Rockin' on a Christmas Eve Motions

posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 PM by Erika Novoselich

Here you can practice the motions to Rockin' on a Christmas Eve!

Rockin' on a Christmas Eve

Stille Nacht Flashlight Motions

posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:22 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Nov 20, 2012, 12:57 PM ]

Here you can practice our flashlight motions at home!

Stille Nacht

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