Wednesday, April 4, 2018

February-April Vacation


Kindergarten

Since February break the kindergarteners have been studying 2 units in their music classes- song form and melodic direction.  

Song Form- This was introduced to the children as an exploration of 'Same & Different' in music.  We discussed the fact that songs have sections of music that are the same (and repeat) as well as sections of music that are different.  The students have used shape patterns for each song example as a means of decoding what a it might sound like before they hear it, allowing them to determine ahead of time which sections of a song will repeat and which sections will not.  They have impressed me with their newfound ability to label sections of music with letter names such as 'A section', 'B section', etc, just like professional musicians do.

Melodic Direction- For the past few weeks the kindergarteners have been exploring the concept of melodic direction.  By the end of this unit the children will have an understanding of high notes versus low notes, and will be able to identify whether a melody is moving from low to high, or high to low.  In doing so, the students are engaging in lessons that include listening examples, moving to music, playing instruments, and singing songs.


First Grade

The first graders have been working hard on their music for the Rowe Show performance on Wednesday April 11 titled “Everyday is Earth Day”.  Now that the children have learned all of the music, they are working on memorization, performance expectations, and adding hand movements.  It is exciting to see them put forth so much effort to make this show a success, and we can't wait for the big night!


Extra Music Classes

Each first grade class participates in an extra music class for half of the school year, so instead of one music class each week they have two music classes each week for half of the school year.  During this extra music class I have made it a priority to focus on introducing the students to music from other countries around the world.  In each class the students are asked to listen to a song from somewhere else in the world, and then decide where they think the music is from and why.  After they have offered their guesses I reveal the name of the country, show them where it is on the world map, and then teach them about the different instruments used in each song example.  The children love this portion of music class and are always so eager to learn about music from far away lands.


In addition to these multicultural listening lessons, the students are also studying Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals during their extra music classes, and are continuing to work on instrumental and vocal techniques, cooperative movement activities, and composition.

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 First Grade Rowe Show Lyrics



Earth Day Helper

I am an Earth Day helper. I like to lend a hand.
I pick up trash, and water plants, recycle when I can. 
I am an Earth Day helper. And what they say is true, 
that ev’ry day is Earth Day. That means today is, too! 

I am an Earth Day helper. I like to lend a hand.
I pick up trash, and water plants, recycle when I can. 
I am an Earth Day helper. And what they say is true, 
that ev’ry day is Earth Day. That means today is, too! 

Happy Earth Day!



Make A Difference

Ev’ryone has got a chance to make a diff’rence big or small. 
Ev’ryone can give a little for the good of one and all. 
Opportunities knock ev’ry minute. They’re comin’ along. 
Ev’rything that we face together helps to make us close, to make us strong!
We are strong together!

We can make a diff’rence! We can lend a hand!
We can make some changes when we take a stand!
If we put our heads together, we can find a better way!
When we put our hearts together, we can make a diff’rence today! We can!

Ev’ryone has things to offer that could help so many ways.
Ev’ryone can make an effort working toward some better days.
Look around and you’ll see lots of chances. Just look anywhere.
All the things that we do together – giving, working, showing how we care! How we care together!

We can make a diff’rence! We can lend a hand!
We can make some changes when we take a stand!
If we put our heads together, we can find a better way!
When we put our hearts together, we can make a diff’rence today! We can!

We can make a diff’rence! Yes, we can! Today!

We can!



She’s Our Planet

I wanna tell you ’bout my planet. 
I wanna tell you ’bout my earth.
You need to know of her importance. 
You need to know about her worth.

She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth. 
She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth.

I think we ought to make some changes. 
I think we ought to do things right. 
We can begin to make a difference. 
We can begin to see the light.

She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth. 
She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth.

We all rely on her. That is no lie.
Mountains and hills, rivers, oceans and sky. 
Better begin to be tryin’ to take care.
Better begin, ’cause we breathe the same air.

She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth. 
She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth. 
She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet Earth. 
She’s our planet. Yeah. Planet, I wanna tell you she’s our Planet Earth.


Earthlings, Unite!

’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, twenty-four seven. 
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, three sixty-five.

’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, twenty-four seven. 
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, three sixty-five.

Earthlings, maybe we should look at what we’re doin’. Yeah yeah. 
Earthlings, maybe we should look at how we’re livin’. Yeah yeah.
Do we look ahead to see what’s left behind?
Or do we just go ’round and ’round and ’round, rotating and revolving?

Earthlings, unite! Earthlings, unite! Yeah! 
Earthlings, unite! Let’s make it right! Yeah yeah!
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, twenty-four seven. 
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, three sixty-five.

’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, twenty-four seven. 
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, three sixty-five.

Earthlings, maybe we should try to change our habits. Yeah yeah. 
Earthlings, maybe we should try to fix our planet. Yeah yeah.
Do we feel the heat from ev’rything we’ve done?
Or do we just go ’round and ’round and ’round, rotating and revolving?

Earthlings, unite! Earthlings, unite! Yeah! 
Earthlings, unite! Let’s make it right! Yeah yeah! 

Earthlings, unite! Earthlings, unite! Yeah! 
Earthlings, unite! Earthlings, unite! Yeah yeah!

’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, twenty-four seven. 
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, three sixty-five.

’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, twenty-four seven. 
’Round, ’round, ’round, ’round, three sixty-five.

Unite!



My Earth

I love the flowers that bloom in the spring. 
Oh, I love the colors that autumn will bring. 
Oh, I love the sound of a warm summer night. 
Oh, Mother Earth fills my heart with delight!

My earth, my planet, my home.
Oh, my earth, my planet, my home.
I am there for you. I will care for you 
my earth, my planet, my home.

I love the oceans, the mountains, the trees. 
Oh, I love the changing of seasons with ease. 
Oh, I love all creatures both great and small. 
Oh, how I love to feel close to them all!

My earth, my planet, my home.
Oh, my earth, my planet, my home.
I am there for you. I will care for you
my earth, my planet, my home, my home.

Oh, I love my planet.
Oh, I love my earth, my home.



What Do You Do With A Water Waster?

What do you do with a water waster?
What do you do with a water waster?
What do you do with a water waster here upon our planet?

Hey ho! You teach ’em better!
Hey ho! You teach ’em better!
Hey ho! You teach ’em better here upon our planet!

What do you do with a litter critter?
What do you do with a litter critter?
What do you do with a litter critter here upon our planet?

Hey ho! You teach ’em better!
Hey ho! You teach ’em better!
Hey ho! You teach ’em better here upon our planet!

What do you do with a global warmer?
What do you do with a global warmer?
What do you do with a global warmer here upon our planet?

Hey ho! You teach ’em better!
Hey ho! You teach ’em better!
Hey ho! You teach ’em better here upon our planet!

Hey ho! You teach ’em better here upon our planet!


It Starts With Me

We’re changing the world one person at a time. 
We’re making it better don’t you see? 
We’re changing the world one person at a time. 
The very first person is me, is me.

For I know it starts with me. 
Yes, I know it starts with me. 
It starts with me.

We’re changing the world one person at a time. 
We’re making it better don’t you see? 
We’re changing the world one person at a time. 
The very first person is me, is me.

For I know it starts with me. 
Yes, I know it starts with me. 
It starts with me.

The lessons I learn I will share with you. 
And if you share them too, the world will change. 
The world will grow. And it’s all because I know!

Oh I know it starts with me. 
Yes, I know it starts with me. 
It starts with me.

Oh I know it starts with me. 
Yes, I know it starts with me. 
It starts with me.

It starts with me. (4 times)

Me!







8TH ANNUAL 
YARMOUTH'S GOT TALENT  

Friday, March 16, 2018

4:00 pm: Dress Rehearsal Performance
7:00 pm: Evening Performance


Audition Information: 
Wednesday March 7 at 4:00: Rowe/YES
Monday March 12 at 3:00: HMS & YHS
See Entry Forms for more information.


Tickets Go On Sale: 
Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm
www.brownpapertickets.com
(active link to come.)


We still have some key positions which we would like to fill:
Sponsor Manager, Judges Manager, and Will Call Ticket Manager.
If you would consider any of these positions, please let us know at:

http://www.yarmouthsgottalent.org


Monday, January 8, 2018

January

Kindergarten

This month in the music room the kindergartners are studying a unit on dynamics.  Dynamics refer to volume and indicate how loud or soft a piece of music should be.  The students have been introduced to the musical vocabulary associated with different dynamic levels, and they are learning to decipher between fortissimo (very loud), forte (loud), piano (soft), and pianissimo (very soft).  To solidify this concept the students are participating in movement activities, listening to stories, singing songs, and playing instruments at different dynamic levels.  In addition, they have been asked to identify and describe pieces of music using this musical vocabulary.

First Grade

This month in first grade music classes we are preparing for the Rowe Show and studying a unit on energy and calm in music.  The students are listening to pieces of music and identifying which parts are energetic and which parts are calm.  In doing so they are being asked to describe music using vocabulary they have learned so far at Rowe school.  Students have described calm music as legato (smooth), piano (soft), largo (slow), and thin in texture.  Energetic music has been described by students as staccato (choppy), forte (loud), presto (fast), and thick in texture.

Along with our Rowe Show preparation and study of energy and calm the first graders are working on rhythm reading.  This early introduction to reading music has the students reciting 4-beat rhythmic patterns composed of quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests.