Tuesday, April 4, 2017

2017 First Grade Rowe Show Information

Mark your calendars! The 2017 First Grade Rowe Show will take place on Tuesday May 2nd at 6:30pm in the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center, located in the Yarmouth High School.

Here are some things you should know.......

-First graders and their teachers will go to the YPAC on Tuesday afternoon (5/2) for a rehearsal during the school day.   We plan to depart Rowe immediately following lunch on May 2 at 12:45pm and return to Rowe around 2:00pm. Children do not need to be dressed in their concert clothes for the rehearsal.

-I will be sending home Rowe Show song booklets so the children can work on memorizing their music at home.  In addition, I will post the lyrics for all of the songs on my teacher page at http://rowek-1music.blogspot.com in case booklets get lost.

On the night of the show.......

-Singers should meet their classroom teacher in the Yarmouth High School music room at 6:15pm. Parking is located in the back of the high school.  Look for signs if you aren't sure where to go.

-Please make sure your child uses the bathroom before they come to the music room and take your child's jacket with you to the auditorium.

-Singers should come to the high school dressed for the show.  This is a great time to wear those fancy clothes!

-The performance will begin at 6:30pm in the Yarmouth Performing Arts Center. It will last about 30-40 minutes.

-Feel free to invite as many people as you would like to the performance.

-At the end of the show I will call parents up to the stage by class to make sure that all children are connected with their parents. Please check in with your child's teacher before you leave so that we can make sure everyone gets home safely.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on the evening of May 2nd!  Please be in touch if you have any questions.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Extra Music Classes for First Graders

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.

April in a Nutshell

April


Kindergarten

During the month of April the kindergarteners will begin to explore 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 will engage in lessons that include listening examples, moving to music, playing instruments, and singing songs.

First Grade


Final Rowe Show preparation will continue through the month of April for our performance on May 2, with the addition of listening, moving, and instrumental activities as well.

Upcoming Rowe School Musical Events

K/1 Lunchtime Concert- Wednesday April 12 during lunch

K/1 Lunchtime Concert- Wednesday April 24 during lunch

2017 First Grade Rowe Show- Tuesday May 2, 6:30pm @ Yarmouth Performing Arts Center (YHS)

Contra Dancing for First Graders- Wednesday May 10 and Wednesday 17 during the school day

Strings Demonstration for First Graders- Wednesday May 24 during the school day

K/1 Rhythm Workshop- Tuesday May 30 during the school day

Monday, March 13, 2017

February and March in a Nutshell

February & March

Kindergarten

Since February break, the kindergarteners have been learning about song form in their music classes. 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.

First Grade

Since February break, the first grade Rowe Show Superstars have been working on music for their performance on Tuesday May 2 titled “Hand in Hand We Learn”. Now that the children have learned all of the music, they are beginning to work on memorization, performance expectations, and adding hand movements and props. 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!


This week the first graders are learning a new musical term called ostinato. An ostinato is a repeated pattern that continues throughout the duration of a song. To demonstrate this concept we are singing a song called Great Big House in New Orleans that includes an underlying ostinato part. The whole class chants the ostinato part while I sing the melody line over them. Then next week the students will practice both parts, ostinato and melody, and they will work on holding their own part as a large group while the other part is happening simultaneously.  

March is "Music in our Schools" month!

In honor of "Music in our Schools" month we are excited to welcome students from the USM School of Music as they perform lunchtime concerts for our students! The Music Education majors have been working hard to plan an exciting repertoire for your little ones and are looking forward to collaborating with Rowe School!

2017 First Grade Rowe Show Lyrics

“Hand In Hand We Learn”

Tuesday May 2, 2017
6:30pm

Yarmouth Performing Arts Center

at Yarmouth High School

All We're Meant To Be

Growing now, everyday,
We are growing tall____
Once we were a little seed
Starting very small

Growing now, everyday,
One day you will see____
All the changes we will make
All we're meant to be

Growing now, everyday,
We will reach the sky____
Help us to be big and strong
Never question why

Growing now, everyday,
One day you will see____
All the changes we will make
All we're meant to be

All the changes we will make
All we're meant to be

Ready To Learn

Ready___ ready to learn, ready to learn
We are ready___ready to learn, ready to learn
We're ready, yeah yeah yeah
We're ready, yeah yeah yeah
We're ready!

Ready___ ready to learn, ready to learn
We are ready___ready to learn, ready to learn
We're ready, yeah yeah yeah
We're ready, yeah yeah yeah
We're ready!

Lines are open
Thoughts are flowing
Things are clicking
Now we're going
Brains are working
Wheels are turning
Now we're ready
Now we're learning
Now___ we're___ learning___

Ready___ ready to learn, ready to learn
We are ready___ready to learn, ready to learn

Ready___ ready to learn, ready to learn
We are ready___ready to learn, ready to learn
We're ready, yeah yeah yeah
We're ready, yeah yeah yeah

Ready to learn!

Thank You

Thank you for all that you do
You make us feel so special and very lucky
We're glad that you are here
We couldn't do without you, that's the truth.

And so we say that we appreciate you
Yes we really really really really do.

Thank you for all that you do
You make us feel so special and very lucky
We're glad that you are here
We couldn't do without you, that's the truth.

And so we say that we appreciate you
Yes we really really really really really really really really really really really really do.

Thank you!

Onward

We are moving, we are moving, we are moving onward
Onward!

We're moving on, the past is gone
We're ready for a brand new chapter
We've done our best, in every test.
We carry with us all that matters most.
This new adventure, will be the best thing ever.
What we will find there, we will find together____

We are moving, we are moving, we are moving onward
We are moving, we are moving, we are moving onward
Onward!

We'll say it loud, we're very proud!
We are the shakers and the movers
Its very clear, the moments here
We're looking forward to the future now
This new adventure, will be the best thing ever
What we will find there, we will find together_____

We are moving, we are moving, we are moving onward
We are moving, we are moving, we are moving onward
Onward!

Onward!
Onward!
Upward!
Upward!
Forward!
Forward!
Onward!

Onward!
Onward!
Upward!
Upward!
Forward!
Forward!
Onward!

Onward!

We'll Figure It Out

Working the numbers on my page
Can't seem to make them all behave
Just something hard about it
Can't get my arms around it
But help is here, so its okay

We'll figure it out! We'll turn it around!
Whenever the world is upside down.
We'll try it again
We'll never give in
No matter how long it takes us
We'll figure it out.

Watching the clouds up in the sky
Hoping the sunshine can keep high
Though we can't change the weather
We'll put our heads together
And make our own sunny day

We'll figure it out! We'll turn it around!
Whenever the world is upside down.
We'll try it again
We'll never give in
No matter how long it takes us

We'll figure it out! We'll turn it around!
Whenever the world is upside down.
We'll try it again
We'll never give in
No matter how long it takes us
We'll figure it out
We'll figure it out
We'll figure it out________
We'll figure it out!

I'm So Glad To Be Here

I'm so glad to be here
I'm so glad to be here
I'm so so so so so glad
I'll show you how I feel

I'll jump up high,
slap my thigh,
touch my nose,
wink my eye,
stomp my foot,
tug my ear,
I'm so glad to be here.

I'm so glad that you're here
I'm so glad that you're here
I'm so so so so so glad
I'll show you how I feel

I'll jump up high,
slap my thigh,
touch my nose,
wink my eye,
stomp my foot,
tug my ear,
I'm so glad that you're here.

I'll jump up high,
slap my thigh,
touch my nose,
wink my eye,
stomp my foot,
tug my ear,
I'm so glad to be here. Yeah!

Forever Friends

Forever friends. Forever you and me.
Forever, ever and always we’ll be.
Forever friends. Forever you and me.
Forever, ever and always we’ll be.

Forever friends. Forever you and me.
Forever, ever and always we’ll be.
Forever friends. Forever you and me.
Forever, ever and always we’ll be.

Friends forever parting never, never.
Friends forever. You and me, we’ll always, always be.

Forever friends. Forever you and me.
Forever, ever and always we’ll be.
Forever friends. Forever you and me.
Forever, ever and always we’ll be.

Forever friends we'll be!


Safe, Kind, Helpful, and Polite

Every day I try to help another,
Every day I make somebody smile,
I may not know it all, but I’ll help you if you fall,
‘Cause I know how to be…

Safe and kind,
Helpful and polite,
I try to make a difference every day.
Safe and kind,
Helpful and polite,
And that is how I’ll stay!

I know how to make someone feel special,
I know how to be a friend to all.
At home, school and play, I try everyday,
I do my best to be…

Safe and kind,
Helpful and polite,
I try to make a difference every day.
Safe and kind,
Helpful and polite,
And that is how I’ll stay!

Safe and kind,
Helpful and polite,
I try to make a difference every day.
Safe and kind,
Helpful and polite,
And that is how I’ll stay!