5th 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.

Land of the Silver Birch

posted May 4, 2013, 10:07 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 4, 2013, 10:12 AM ]

Here is Ms. Fischer's Class demonstrating our brown belt song, Land of the Silver Birch.

5th Grade Land of the Silver Birch

Share a Talent!

posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:14 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!

Hot Cross Buns in Harmony

posted Mar 1, 2013, 10:01 AM by Erika Novoselich

At the beginning of the year, 5th grade students learned how to play Hot Cross Buns. Now we can play it together with two additional harmony parts. We also added xylophones to the ensemble. Students experienced playing different harmony parts of the same song and learned to listen to one another to blend our sound. When we play songs in harmony it aurally exposes students to chord function and solidifies their audiation.

5th Grade Hot Cross Buns

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

posted Jan 8, 2013, 10:14 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jan 10, 2013, 4:56 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 5th 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. 

In February, the 5th graders will travel to Grand Rapids to hear the Grand Rapids Symphony perform. During a couple of music classes before the field trip, we will listen to and study some of the songs that will be performed at the concert.

Holiday Program

posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:29 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, 11:07 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, 12:53 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Nov 20, 2012, 1:07 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 Program. The 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, 1:23 PM by Erika Novoselich

Here you can practice our flashlight motions at home!

Stille Nacht

Christmas on Halloween? Yes!

posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:07 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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