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2017 5th Grade Showcase

posted May 25, 2017, 7:37 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 30, 2017, 12:57 PM ]

Our 5th graders did such a fantastic job at the fourth annual 5th Grade Showcase: A Celebration of Music at South Elementary. I'm definitely going to miss this group of kids. They were Kindergartners my first year in the district, and they have traveled with us from South I, to South II, and finally this year to South III. It's been a crazy ride, but I'm so glad to have shared it with these students. Please enjoy these videos of their performances from our showcase.

Individual/Small Group Songs

Whole Group Songs

Seasons Round - 3rd Grade

posted May 1, 2017, 7:20 AM by Erika Novoselich

In third grade music, one of our curricular goals is to be able to sing well in rounds. A round is where groups of voices sing the same melody but with different starting points. Recently in music class, our 3rd graders learned to sing a four-part round called "Seasons Round". The students learned that it is in mixolydian tonality and duple meter. Not only did they sing in four-part harmony, but we also made it more challenging by adding a circle dance to it. Enjoy the videos below!

5th Grade Ukulele Share 2017

posted Apr 13, 2017, 8:11 AM by Erika Novoselich

Right before spring break we had our "Ukulele Share Day" in 5th grade music. Back in February, I invited students to learn a song of their choice to play for their classmates for the share day. They practiced at home and at school during lunch recess. Some students chose to learn songs they found online, others learned chords of songs by ear, and a few made up their own songs. This is one of my favorite things I do with my students each year. I love hearing what they can accomplish and seeing their enthusiasm for music. Check out the videos below to see the performances!

2017 3rd Grade Creative Dance Compositions

posted Mar 31, 2017, 6:43 PM by Erika Novoselich

Recently, 3rd graders created their own dances to the song "Pata Pata". The students were given two parameters: (1) the dance must have four different dance moves (one for each phrase), and (2) each dance move must be eight beats 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 groups of two or four. Many groups mixed up their use of hands and feet to feel the beat. Watch and enjoy the creativity of our 3rd graders!

2017 2nd Grade Folk Dance Compositions

posted Mar 16, 2017, 1:04 PM by Erika Novoselich

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. 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.

Mr. Tustin - Music Student Teacher

posted Dec 21, 2016, 6:28 AM by Erika Novoselich

Hello South Students!

Starting in January, I will have a student teacher from Hope College. His name is Mr. Tustin, and he is learning how to be a music teacher! I hope you will give him a warm welcome. Here is a short bio from him and a picture:

"Hello!  My name is Mr. Tustin, and I will be student teaching with Mrs. Novoselich this Spring at South Elementary.  I am currently a Senior Vocal Music Education Major at Hope College with an interest in General Music Education.  I am originally from Plainwell, MI, and enjoy hiking, sailing, and swing dancing.  Along with voice, I have a musical background in percussion, guitar, ukulele and keyboard.  I am very excited for the opportunity to student teach this spring, and I look forward to learning from both the students and staff through this experience."

Holiday Program 2016

posted Dec 9, 2016, 12:16 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 12:17 PM ]

What a great concert last night! I am so proud of all of my students. This year is especially meaningful because this is the first year I've had my 5th graders since they were in Kindergarten. Over the years, I've tried to help my students reach their fullest potential as musicians and make MUSIC our primary focus for our holiday concert. Please enjoy videos of each of our songs below.

4th/5th Grade

5th Grade

4th Grade

3rd/4th/5th Grade Finale

3rd Grade

2nd Grade

K/1st/2nd Grade Finale

K/1st Grade

Sidewalk Chalk Rhythm Patterns - 3rd Grade

posted Jun 3, 2016, 7:27 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jun 3, 2016, 9:56 AM ]

We've been taking advantage of the beautiful weather in 3rd grade music by practicing our rhythm pattern writing skills outside! Students created six of their own patterns in either duple or triple meter with paper and pencil. The next day, we took our patterns outside wrote them with sidewalk chalk on the paths in front of the school. After they read their own patterns to me, they walked around and read their classmates' patterns. The students did a great job and had so much fun!


5th Grade Showcase 2016

posted May 25, 2016, 7:30 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 25, 2016, 7:33 PM ]

I am so proud of our 5th graders! They did a fantastic job today at our 5th Grade Showcase. I've had most of these kids since 1st grade, and it was fun to see all of the skills they've learned over the years highlighted in this performance. There is a lot of work that goes into singing (in harmony, too!), feeling a steady beat, audiating tonality and meter, and of course playing ukulele. I'm thankful that Hudsonville supports the fine arts so these students can shine. What a talented bunch of kids!



The Crane Wives Visit The 5th Graders!

posted Apr 19, 2016, 3:44 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 3:56 PM ]

Kate Pillsbury, Emilee Petersmark, and Dan Rickabus from The Crane Wives visited the 5th graders today! It was by far the coolest thing that has ever happened in my room. The Crane Wives are a very popular indie folk-rock band from Grand Rapids. They are actually my favorite band! They have toured around the country and have four full-length original albums out. Not only did they perform for us, but we sang together, too! We collaborated and sang The Crane Wives original song, "Sleeping Giants". This was a dream come true for my students to be able to learn from these superstar musicians. In between their songs, Kate, Emilee, and Dan talked to the students about staying positive, never giving up, and doing what you love. It was an experience I will never forget, and I am sure the students won't forget it either.


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