Tum Balalaika

    Tum Balalaika words


    The fourth graders have been exploring instruments of the orchestra that they may want to play next year in band or orchestra.  

    Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Game

    Rondo alla Turk



    Finally, after two long years, we are playing recorders again.  If you ordered a recorder, they should be here by October 10.  If you took a school recorder home, remember to keep it in your backpack and covered in a sock when you aren't playing it.  Here are a couple of links to practice B and A.  Also, check out the Cool Tunes packet I sent home as well.When the Hot Cross Buns Go Dancing In  The Last Mandolin  Prepare Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross BunsBAG Medley  BA Jam  BA Blues

    During this second session of music, fourth graders have been learning about syncopated rhythm and learning to read notes from a staff.  Usually, this is in anticipation of playing the recorder but this is delayed until further notice....maybe in the spring.  However, this is still good practice as they look ahead to fifth grade band and orchestra.  They practiced different ways of reading syncopated rhythms with the song, Shake the Papaya Down.



    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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