Posts from 2012-2013

posted Jul 28, 2013, 6:47 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jul 29, 2013, 3:45 PM ]

Kindergarten

  • Happy Valentine's Day! This is a video of kindergarten students singing one of the songs we recently learned. In Kindergarten music, many of the songs are sung by only me to immerse the students in a rich and varied musical environment. However, on occasion, students learn to sing a song by themselves. This is a fun one to celebrate Valentine's Day and it tests students' ability to audiate as letters are taken away. 
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • It's a New Year! Time to make some music! 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 made it a little difficult to keep learning new things.Kindergarteners will again be immersed in a rich environment of songs and chants in a variety of tonalities and meters. These "classroom" songs and chants are short and usually done without recorded music accompaniment.Our activities will include movement, exploring our singing voices, playing simple instruments, listening, and audiating. 
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Holiday Program 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. 
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Christmas on Halloween? Yes! 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.
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Move and Freeze Here we are doing a move and freeze activity in music class. Movement and music are connected and doing movement activities in music class can help students with body awareness, rhythm, and expression. In this activity, students listened to a song and danced with scarves, moving in all of the space around them. When the music stopped, they froze like statues. Then, we did it the other way around. I told students to audiate the song in their heads while they moved their scarves, and to freeze when the music came back on. This challenged the students to move to the style of music even when it was not playing.
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM by Erika Novoselich
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First Grade

  • Share a Talent! 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 ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:12 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Chord Roots in Dorian First graders learned the song "I See The Moon", but they learned it without words. When songs or chants are presented with text, the children tend to focus on the text rather than on the musical content of the song or chant. The texts, in such a case, inhibit music learning.Next, they learned how to sing the chord roots to the song, which are kind of like the framework of the song. "I See The Moon" is in dorian tonality, so that means the chord roots are step 1 and step 7 of the dorian scale. SInging chord roots in dorian rather than major or minor can be easier for some young students because the two notes are only ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2013, 1:32 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Laban Movement Exercise Rudolpf Laban was a dance educator who analyzed movement in great detail, describing it as an exertion of energy resulting from an interacting combination of four elements of effort: weight, time, space, and flow. Each effort exists along a continuum for which the quality of a movement at each extremity is described. The combination of body awareness and continuous flowing, whole-body movement seems to be the foundation for a child to positively control the energy while making music, an essential requisite for overall music development. Here is a video of an activity that our 1st graders did at South to demonstrate the four Laban elements. 
    Posted Mar 7, 2013, 10:15 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • It's a New Year! Time to make some music! 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.First graders will now be immersed in a rich environment of songs and chants in a variety of tonalities and meters. These "classroom" songs and chants are short and usually done without recorded music accompaniment.We will learn how to label our music vocabulary by using tonal solfege (e.g. “do-mi-so”) and rhythm sofege (e.g. du-de) for all of our pattern instruction. In learning a solfege system ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 4:56 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Holiday Program 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. 
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:27 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Christmas on Halloween? Yes! 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.
    Posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:03 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Aptitude Testing This week, grades 1st-3rd grades have been hard at work completing our Aptitude Assessments.  These assessments are in two categories, tonal and rhythmic.  Students listen to two part songs or rhythm patterns, and then determine if they are the same or if they are different. This is a tool for me to learn what skills students come to music with, and how we can improve throughout the year!
    Posted Oct 16, 2012, 12:55 PM by Erika Novoselich
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Second Grade

  • Triceratops Dance and Chord Roots This is a song we learned in minor tonality. We learned how to sing and play the chord roots on boomwhackers as well. Then, we learned a circle dance to go along with it.
    Posted May 4, 2013, 10:14 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Share a Talent! 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 ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:12 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Folk Dance Compositions 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. Folk dancing helps students feel a steady beat and hear phrases in a song.
    Posted Mar 20, 2013, 1:07 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Beginning Folk Dances 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. Here are two folk dance songs that 2nd grade students have learned. In the one called "Old Joe Clark", the students echo duple rhythm patterns in between choruses. Later on in the year students will have rhythm "conversations" with their partner during these sections by creating their own rhythm patterns.
    Posted Mar 7, 2013, 10:30 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • It's a New Year! Time to make some music! 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.Second graders will continue to reinforce their audiation skills. Learning will be facilitated through a variety of songs and chants in many different tonalities and meters. These "classroom" songs and chants are short and usually done without recorded music accompaniment.We will continue to practice audiating macro and microbeats within a given meter. We reinforce those skills be asking students to generalize (without teacher guidance) while listening to new music. We ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 4:54 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Holiday Program 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. 
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:28 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Here you can practice the motions to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:28 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Christmas on Halloween? Yes! 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.
    Posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:04 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Aptitude Testing This week, grades 1st-3rd grades have been hard at work completing our Aptitude Assessments.  These assessments are in two categories, tonal and rhythmic.  Students listen to two part songs or rhythm patterns, and then determine if they are the same or if they are different. This is a tool for me to learn what skills students come to music with, and how we can improve throughout the year!
    Posted Oct 2, 2012, 1:09 PM by Erika Novoselich
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Third Grade

  • Sarasponda Chord Roots 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. In this video, they are labeling the chord function by singing "tonic", "dominant", and "SD" (short for subdominant).
    Posted May 4, 2013, 10:31 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Improvising Rhythms on Chord Roots 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. 
    Posted May 4, 2013, 9:58 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Share a Talent! 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 ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:13 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Creative Dance Project 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 ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2013, 10:24 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Pata Pata 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. 
    Posted Feb 5, 2013, 8:58 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Welcome, Welcome 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 ...
    Posted Mar 7, 2013, 10:20 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • It's a New Year! Time to make some music! 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 ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 4:54 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Holiday Program 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. 
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:28 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Here you can practice the motions to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer!
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:29 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Christmas on Halloween? Yes! 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.
    Posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:05 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Aptitude Testing This week, grades 1st-3rd grades have been hard at work completing our Aptitude Assessments.  These assessments are in two categories, tonal and rhythmic.  Students listen to two part songs or rhythm patterns, and then determine if they are the same or if they are different. This is a tool for me to learn what skills students come to music with, and how we can improve throughout the year!
    Posted Oct 16, 2012, 12:54 PM by Erika Novoselich
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Fourth Grade

  • Link Up 2013 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 ...
    Posted May 8, 2013, 6:15 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Share a Talent! 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 ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:13 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Practice Practice Practice! 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 ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2013, 8:22 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Simple Melody 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.
    Posted Jan 25, 2013, 8:41 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • It's a New Year! Time to make some music! 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 ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 4:55 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Holiday Program 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. 
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:28 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? 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.
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:06 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Coventry Carol Auditions 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 284A 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 ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2012, 1:06 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Rockin' on a Christmas Eve Motions Here you can practice the motions to Rockin' on a Christmas Eve!
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Stille Nacht Flashlight Motions Here you can practice our flashlight motions at home!
    Posted Nov 20, 2012, 12:57 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Christmas on Halloween? Yes! 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.
    Posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:06 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • 4th grade learns Simple Gifts Here is a video of 4B learning the song Simple Gifts!
    Posted Oct 2, 2012, 2:11 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Notes on the Treble Clef This week, we are learning tricks to remember the notes on the lines and spaces of the treble clef. This will help us when we start to learn recorders!Notes on the lines = Every Good Boy Does FineNotes on the spaces = remember the word FACE
    Posted Sep 25, 2012, 6:16 PM by Erika Novoselich
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Fifth Grade

  • Land of the Silver Birch Here is Ms. Fischer's Class demonstrating our brown belt song, Land of the Silver Birch.
    Posted May 4, 2013, 10:12 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Share a Talent! 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 ...
    Posted Apr 12, 2013, 1:14 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Hot Cross Buns in Harmony 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.
    Posted Mar 1, 2013, 10:01 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • It's a New Year! Time to make some music! 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 ...
    Posted Jan 10, 2013, 4:56 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Holiday Program 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. 
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:29 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Do You Hear What I Hear? 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.
    Posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:07 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Coventry Carol Auditions 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 ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2012, 1:07 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Rockin' on a Christmas Eve Motions Here you can practice the motions to Rockin' on a Christmas Eve!
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Stille Nacht Flashlight Motions Here you can practice our flashlight motions at home!
    Posted Nov 8, 2012, 1:23 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • Christmas on Halloween? Yes! 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.
    Posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:07 PM by Erika Novoselich
  • MEAP Me Maybe I recorded the 5th graders singing their parody of "Call Me Maybe" about the MEAP test in the music room this week, and then they filmed this music video to go along with it! Thanks to the 5th grade girls who wrote the lyrics, the 5th grade teachers who invited me to help with this fun project, and all of the 3rd, 4th, and especially 5th grade students who were a part of this! YOU ALL ROCK!
    Posted Oct 7, 2012, 8:21 AM by Erika Novoselich
  • Notes on the Treble Clef This week, we are learning tricks to remember the notes on the lines and spaces of the treble clef. This will help us when we play our recorders!Notes on the lines = Every Good Boy Does FineNotes on the spaces = remember the word FACE
    Posted Sep 25, 2012, 6:22 PM by Erika Novoselich
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