The students truly increased their “oral tradition” in November. Many songs were added to the list of songs they are capable of singing without needing song sheets or charts. Two of our favorites were “Over the River and Through the Woods” and “What a Wonderful World”. Favorites of our younger students were “Old Toy Trains”, “Santa Claus Rock”, and “Bye, Bye Baby Tooth.”
We have now studied the brass and percussion families of the orchestra. We played rhythm sticks and learned that each of us have percussion instruments wherever we go. Our hands and feet are perfect for keeping the beat! This week we will study the life of Tchaikovsky and listen to the “Nutcracker”.
We are celebrating the Holidays and are singing the treasured songs of the season. We are singing several Holiday songs including “Silent Night.” I like to include this song in our studies because of its historical significance as well as its global popularity. And, of course, we will sing Hanukkah songs, a Spanish lullaby, and learn a lullaby or two. Ah, so many songs, so little time!
Following our Holiday break, we will study the woodwind family. Once we have done so, we will turn our studies to the lives and times of the Great Masters of Music.
Be watching for information on school Holiday gatherings. It’s wonderful to be able to give our youngsters the opportunity to learn that performing is FUN!
Mark your calendars with this information:
Kindergarten Holiday Concert – Thursday, December 13th. Please join us in the Multi-Purpose Room as we feature our little ones singing Holiday Songs.
1st Grade Holiday Performance – December 20th.
Though this isn’t a school activity, I will be leading “Caroling by Candlelight” at Machado School (13150 Sycamore Drive) in Morgan Hill on Sunday, December 16, at 5:30 p.m. We will gather to sing traditional Christmas carols outside under the stars. This is a wonderful family event. Please dress warmly!
I thank you for your continued support of our music curriculum and wish you a Holiday Season filled with good health, family, good friends, and, of course, music!
Karen Ann Crane
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