Thursday, August 25, 2016

Flashcard Project 2016

Download the Flashcard Project Sheet HERE

Students may stay for Music Tutoring on Thursdays until 3:30pm OR 4th/5th graders may visit during lunch/recess if they wish. Lunch/Recess tutorial is voluntary.

During First Quarter all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders will complete the Music Flashcard Project

Music Projects are always accepted any time up until the deadline on the day you come to Music. Early projects are always appreciated and earn extra points. Late projects lose 3 points for every school day (not just the Music day) the work is late. Music project grades ALWAYS include the project itself AND the completed Project Sheet.

Students will officially have 4-5 weeks to complete this work. Students should plan to work on quarterly Music projects for about 30 minutes a week. It's best to plan your Music workday the same day as Music class.  Students may work with other students in their grade level.

The flashcard project is an opportunity for students to develop better dictionary and paraphrasing skills, learn music vocabulary, practice using a straight edge to draw a staff, and create a toolbox that will help them learn proper music terminology, symbols, and notes on a staff. 

Students: When you write your definitions please don't put the vocabulary word into the definitions. 

You may use a blank: _____ means the steady pulse in music. 

If you have already finished, an easy way to disguise the word in the definition is just use black crayon to color over the word (Sharpie bleeds through the card). 

You can use any online kids' Music dictionary:

More advanced dictionaries, if you want a challenge:

Check out the Line and Space Note Tutorial Video:

Fifth Graders will have reversible cards--from one direction they will be Treble Clef cards, and Bass Clef when turned the other way.

Treble Clef: Line notes (from bottom to top): E-G-B-D-F  Space notes: F-A-C-E

Bass Clef: Line notes (from bottom to top): G-B-D-F-A Space notes: A-C-E-G

On the answer side be sure to show if the answer is for Treble or Bass Clef

TIPS:If Fourth and Fifth Graders have their cards from last year they may re-use them if they are in good condition and meet the requirements for your grade level.

Line/Space Note Card Tips:

  • Use a straight edge and try to make all cards look as consistent as possible (same width of lines, etc). Cards done without a straight edge will have to be re-done.

  • Each card should have a treble clef and a whole note on each line or space, as pictured below.

  • The back of the card should have the letter name for each line or space note. Be consistent so that when you flip the card the answers will always be in the same area of the back of the card.

  • Don't use the LINED side of your cards--it will make your staff lines look blurry.

  • Line notes (from bottom to top): E-G-B-D-F  Space notes: F-A-C-E

  • Here are some fun worksheets to help you practice note identification!

    This video will not help you much, but if you know any genuine music geeks it will make them laugh hysterically:

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    Chorus & AC Gig this Saturday at the Center for Civil and Human Rights!

     Chorus and AC at the Center for Civil and Human Rights
    Saturday, August 27-- Call time 8am Performances on the hour at 9am, 10am, 11am, and noon.

    What is this event? The Aquarium, World of Coke, and Center for Civil and Human Rights are hosting the Pemberton Place Educators' Open House on August 27th. Registration for the Open House begins at 8am for teachers. Educators will tour the facilities throughout the day, and the building will open to the general public around 10am.

    What is the timeline of the day? We will warm up around 8am and do sets of songs on the hour between 9am-12pm. Kids and their families will receive wristbands (until we run out) to tour the Center and the World of Coke in between sets.  Additionally, if kids want to hang around between sets we will offer to teach the songs to educators and kids who want to learn them and/or have sing-a-longs.  SPARK/Mary Lin's group will sing mostly a cappella with some guitars/drums. Our groups will focus on how music has been a vehicle for creating unity and enabling change. 

    I can’t stay for the entire time. L Singers are not required to stay for the entire time, and drop ins are also welcome as long as you know the music and moves--practice videos are on the blog on the Chorus & Advanced Chorus practice files tab (scroll to the bottom).

    What is the attire? Singers should wear SPARK on top, black shoes/pants/skirt/shorts on bottom—remember we’re going for a uniform look as much as possible. If your child does not have a Music@SPARK shirt ($11 by cash check or online on the Springdale Park website) I have some left over from last year (the new year's order has not yet been placed). If we don’t have enough light green shirts I have some dark green Music@SPARK shirts to loan. If those run out, this year’s SPARK school shirt will be fine.

    When we perform in public our singers are representing SPARK, APS, Ms. Turgeon and you. Any behavior that does not reflect positively on our group will result in the singer being asked to leave the performance and/or their ensemble. 

    Performance video from Ashton's grandfather, William Mills III. THANK YOU for sharing!