This week we started listening to Prokofiev's, "Peter and the Wolf". We followed the recording using a listening map, and next week we will watch the video. Students were challenged to listen carefully to the different instruments and themes so they could understand the mood and actions of each character. We used this recording:
This listening map was borrowed from the Cincinnati Orchestra's "Classics for Kids" program. It is very interactive and requires students to really think about the music and story.
Welcome back after our Easter break! It is hard to believe there are only two months left in the school year. From now until May long weekend, we will be studying different instruments of the orchestra and the classic orchestral piece, "Peter and the Wolf".
During our first few classes, we sorted instruments into different families: Strings, Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. We are lucky to have an online subscription to "BrainPop Jr." at Grant Road School. There are lots of fun videos and activities to teach students about a variety of topics. We used the website to play instrument sorting games and learn more about the instruments of the orchestra.
This week students will also learn about the different musical themes for each character in Peter and the Wolf!
This month all classes are preparing for a performance at the Grant Road Winter Carnival. I can't wait to post some videos after our performance on December 20th! We have been talking a lot about "nice" singing voices - when to be LOUD and when to be SOFT. This leads us into our study of dynamics in music - the volume of music! In Ms. Selimos' class, we listened to two different pieces of music - one was FORTE (loud) and the other was PIANO (soft). The students listened to the music and responded through drawing. Here are some examples of their work:
This week in Ms. Selimos' Grade 1/2 class, we listened to different musical selections and discussed different questions like:
-how does the music make you feel?
-if the music was in a movie, what would the movie be about?
-what colours or pictures do you "see" when you listen to the piece?
Our selection this week was the Overture from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Felix Mendelssohn. A lot of students made connections with different places and movies. As an exercise, I asked the students to write and draw what about the music. Check out their ideas below!
Arts Ed teacher for Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Grant Road School