• In second grade, we have been exploring movement through mirroring which is fun and very beautiful to watch and perform.  You can all try this at home.  Watch Mirroring Creative Movement and then try it using Tortoises from Camille St Saens' Carnival of the Animals.

    hnyAs we start the new year,  we are continuing to spend time working on singing technique.  This Vocal Exploration exercise helps young singers find their head voice and expand their singing range.

    This month, we are learning about Antonio Vivaldi, Antonio Vivaldi Bio and explore his highly descriptive music, like his Winter Concerto, through beat keeping and body percussion.  The students are discovering how hard it is to keep the beat to a slow tempo!  Winter Concerto Body Percussion Activity.

    As we learn about ostinatos (a short repeated pattern) and sol-feggio, (do, re, mi......), we celebrated Martin Luther King Day and watched Martin Luther King Jr Day that explains the meaning of the day.


    Camille St Saens, a french 19th century composer wrote a memorable piece of music, Danse Macabre , that guided us in listening to the expressive elements of the music as well as sneaking in some rhythm reading practice.  Second graders will enjoy showing off their music reading ability to this ghostly tune! 

    Forte and piano.......what do they mean?  We learned and demonstrated these expressive elements of music with a song about talking (or singing) 'under one's breath'.  Many second ghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reLU7rF7N_Qraders requested this song to sing at home.   Mumble Grumble



    October is such a fun month to explore music and sounds that go bump in the night.  As we practice using our head register for singing, we warmed our voices up with this poem:

    On a dark and stormy night…..

    Witches laugh

    Owls hoot

    Ghosts swoop

    Wolves howl

    Goblins dance

    Thunder claps

    People scream

    On a dark and stormy night.








  • Galop from "The Comedians" by Dimitri Kabelevsky

    Listening to classical music really can be fun and engaging!  We learned about Russian composer, Dimitri Kabelevsky, extended form and instruments in the orchestra.  Grab a scarf, click on the link above and have fun with your child moving to this raucous, lively orchestral piece. 

    Composer fun facts:  

    1.  He was born in St Petersburg, Russia

    2.  He was born in 1904.  (We figured out that would make him 116 if he were alive today!)

    3.  His favorite instrument has 88 keys.  What is it?

    4.  He also liked to paint and write poetry

    5.  He enjoyed teaching music to young children.






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