Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4th Grade Instrument Project 2014

Fourth Graders recently discussed the science of sound and how it relates to instruments. All instruments can be classified scientifically one of four ways, based on how their sound is produced: Chordophones (vibration of strings), Aerophones (vibration of air), Membranophones (vibration of skin), or Idiophones (vibration of self).

Students have the assignment of constructing an instrument of their own, must be able to identify their instrument's scientific classification, and must complete written directions for the construction of their instrument.
Instruments and Written Directions are due:

Rankin – Monday, April 28th

Wharton – Tuesday, April 29th

Wright – Wednesday, April 30th

Students will be given time in music class to browse information on instrument construction as well as make notes for their ideas. In addition, the following websites have wonderful ideas to assist in this project:
How to make an African Drum
Artists Helping Children
E-How videos on instrument construction
How Stuff Works
Busy Bee Kids Crafts
Making Musical Instruments on essortment.com
Mudcat Kids
Family Crafts from About.com
Family Fun instrument crafts from Spoonful.com
Rhythmweb.com Homemade instruments

I hope this list is helpful! AND I can't wait to see what instruments make their way into my room in the next weeks! Good Luck!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vivaldi's Winter with Disney's Frozen - by The Piano Guys

Wow, I know that the Disney movie, "Frozen" is wildly popular because of it's story line and the excellent music.  Check out this video I found by one of my favorite groups, The Piano Guys: 

We frequently study the music of Baroque composer, Antonio Vivaldi, particularly his Four Seasons concerto.  The "Winter" section is used in Kindergarten and often in 6th grade.  What a creative way to mix up music that is from the early 1700's with the music of today!

For those interested, here is a full performance of the Winter section of Vivaldi's Four Seasons Violin Concerto:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

3rd Grade Music Program Coming Soon!

It’s Almost Showtime!

 “Stone Soup!” 
Who: 3rd grade students and families

 When: Tuesday, March 25th at 1:30 and 6:30 PM

·      Call time for the evening performance is 6:15 PM. Students should report to the music room and leave coats and personal items with parents.

 Where: Bluffsview Gymnasium

 Dress: Students should wear jeans and a solid colored top.  Any color will work.  Shoes should be comfortable for dancing in.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Possible Calamity Day? Blizzard Bag Information!

Well, winter just keeps on coming!  In the event that there is a Calamity Day on Monday, March 3rd 2014, Bluffsview students will be responsible for completing make-up assignments.  In that case, students from the following classes will be affected:

Grade 3 - Monroe
Grade 1 - Sciulli
Grade 6 - Hale
Grade 4 - Wright
Grade 2 - Grabosky

Assignments will be uploaded to the Bluffsview webpage by noon.  But I have provided an additional link to the assignments saved in my Dropbox account.  To access the assignments, click on the link below.

Music Blizzard Bag Assignments

Students have TWO WEEKS to complete the assignments in turn them into me.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

New Time for 3rd Grade Music Program

The previously listed performance time for the 3rd grade show was 7:00 PM.  Due to a conflict with a band concert that was scheduled on the same night, we have elected to move our concert time to 6:30 PM so that families with students in both performances can make it to the 7:30 PM band concert.

Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome back after an extended winter break!  It's taken me a bit to get into the swing of things with all those "Wind Chill" days.  But - there's no time to waste because exciting things are happening in the Music Room!

  • Fifth Graders are putting the finishing touches on their show, "Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears" to be performed on Thursday, January 30th at 1:30 and 7:00 PM.  Based on the same West African folk tale as the award-winning book, the show is sure to be a hit.  Students are reminded to wear all black for the performance and to continue to work on your memorization in our last few weeks!

  • Third Graders have started to work on their show, "Stone Soup!" which will be performed on Tuesday, March 25th at 1:30 and 7:00 PM.  This is also a famous folk tale.  More details to come on this performance.

  • Not to be left out, the Music Makers will soon begin work on their spring show, which will feature some favorite hits from the 1950's and 1960's.  Their concerts will be Monday, May 5th at 1:30 and 7:00 PM.

  • Coming soon to a Music Room near you.... The Music Olympics!  Be prepared for challenging events and fun!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

More of Mrs. Daubney's Holiday Favorites from The Piano Guys

This video is beyond amazing.... "Angels We Have Heard On High" by The Piano Guys.  Pay close attention to all of the ways they have altered the piano.

Here is a funny rendition of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer":

And finally, one of all time favorites is the music from the Vince Guaraldi Trio and A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Here are The Piano Guys making a difference in the lives of some special people playing "Linus and Lucy":