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2018 5th Grade Showcase

posted May 25, 2018, 5:05 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 25, 2018, 5:13 PM ]

This year's 5th graders are particularly dear to me because many of them were in Pre-K during my first year in Hudsonville. The showcase today was so special, and they worked hard to prepare their songs. I found myself tearing up during many songs. I cannot say enough good things about this group of students, and I hope that they continue growing as musicians for many years to come. I am truly going to miss them. Please enjoy the videos of our performances below.

WHOLE GROUP SONGS

SMALL GROUP/INDIVIDUAL SONGS

4th Grade Recorder Black Belt

posted May 24, 2018, 3:48 AM by Erika Novoselich

The 4th graders have been working hard all year to earn recorder belts for each song they learn. We started with white, and then they earned yellow, orange, green, purple, blue, red, brown, and finally black. Below you will see videos of each class performing "The Canoe Song" and it's accompanying ostinato, which was their black belt song. It's in minor tonality and two-part harmony. Enjoy!

2018 2nd Grade Folk Dance Compositions

posted May 15, 2018, 5:40 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated May 15, 2018, 5:40 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. 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.


4th Grade Harmonic Function Identification Activity

posted May 6, 2018, 7:47 AM by Erika Novoselich

This is a favorite activity for students, and it helps them learn to identify different types of patterns/chords easily. You hear them sing the song "Sarasponda" while moving around the room. Afterward, they find a partner and listen to the patterns that I sing and the chord I play on ukulele. If they hear a major tonic chord, they sing the answer and shake their partner's hand, if it's major dominant, they sing that and give a high five, and if they hear major subdominant they sing the answer while giving a fist bump. This skill helps to focus their attention on identifying and hearing harmonic changes in songs that they listen to and perform. Being able to define and recognize these patterns/chords also helps for next year when they play ukulele.


2018 Third Grade Creative Dance Compositions

posted May 4, 2018, 10:12 AM 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!


5th Grade Ukulele Share 2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 7:16 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 7:34 AM ]

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 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!

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