Kindergarten (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.

Happy Valentine's Day!

posted Feb 14, 2013, 9:01 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM ]

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. 

V-A-L-E-N-T-I-N-E (KB)

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

posted Jan 8, 2013, 1:09 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 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 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. 

Holiday Program

posted Dec 16, 2012, 11:27 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM ]

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. 

Christmas on Halloween? Yes!

posted Oct 31, 2012, 6:09 PM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM ]

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.

Move and Freeze

posted Oct 8, 2012, 9:12 AM by Erika Novoselich   [ updated Jul 28, 2013, 6:53 PM ]

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.

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