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Welcome to Music
Music is a science.
It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics.
A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is mathematical.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper. As I tell the kids: "music is math that you hear."
Music is a foreign language.
Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete universal language.
Music is history.
Music reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and/or social/cultural feeling.
Music is physical education.
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheek and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is all these things, but most of all music is art.
It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.
That is why I teach music.
So that students will be human
So that they can have an enjoyable experience that is unique to humankind
So they will recognize beauty
So they will be sensitive
So they will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So they will have something to cling to
So they will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good
-in short, more life.
A wonderful speech given about the value of music in our society:
Overview of the music curriculum
Children at Moharimet are all involved in music. Every four days your child’s class will come to the music room. Children in grades 1-4 come for 45 minutes and Kindergarten classes come for 30 minutes.
Music provides a unique way of processing information. Music acts as a link between the past and present. Music helps to show and understand differences in cultures; it can provide a means of expressing thoughts, values and emotions. Learning to read and write music mirrors and aids in literacy skills. It allows students to feel the natural divisions and ratios in the world around us. Music enhances the process of learning!
The children will experience music in a variety of ways. My main goal is for students to experience music by being actively involved. Some activities in the general music class include singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments and learning basic music theory. I want children to try everything and to feel successful.
Musical literacy is an important part of music class. Students will learn the basic skills for reading, writing and understanding music. They will learn the musical equivalent of phonetics, and spelling. Listening is an important part of music class. As your English vocabulary and understanding expands with exposure to a variety of experiences with literature, our musical vocabulary and understanding expands with exposure to a wide variety of music. Singing is equally important. To study music without singing is equivalent to learning a language without ever speaking; part of the experience is putting your voice to the thoughts.
Class updates & news
OR Elementary Orchestra will meet on Tuesdays starting January 10, 2012
A change has been made to the schedule and the orchestra will now meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-4:45, beginning January 10, 2012.
OR Elementary Orchestra!
I am pleased to announce that starting January 12, 2012 we will be offering the Oyster River Elementary Orchestra on Thursdays from 3:45-4:45.
This group is open, free of charge, to any student, ages 7-10, who already plays a string instrument (violin, viola, cello). We will meet at Moharimet, in the music room. It is expected that members of this group will be receiving instrumental instruction on their own. This is not a lesson program.
Orchestra is directed by Moharimet music teacher and 4th grade band director, Sarah Kuhn. We will rehearse once a week, every Thursday from 3:45-4:45. Moharimet students will go to the music room at dismissal and have a snack and recess time available to them while we wait for the Mast Way students to arrive. Mast Way students may either be driven by a parent, or ride a bus provided for them.
We will hopefully perform once in March and once in May, exact dates TBD. There is also the possibility that we may elect to attend the NH Elementary and Middle School Festival on Saturday March 31, 2012. This year the festival is being held at ORHS.
To sign your student up for orchestra, please send me an email that contains the following information: Your child’s name
The instrument your child plays (violin, viola, ‘cello)
Your child’s lesson teacher or program
The number of years your child has studied their instrument
If you have any questions or would like to sign your child up for orchestra, send me an email at email@example.com, or give me a call at Moharimet, 742-2900.
Enrichment Band Offering
Now that band is over for the year, I will be offering an elective enrichment band. This band will meet once a week, Tuesdays at Mast Way, and Thursdays at Moharimet from May 31st-June 16th. We will then give a casual, in-school performance of the music we put together.
If your student is interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recorders are ready to go home (3rd grade)
3rd grade and 3/4 classes have finished our 6 week unit learning to play the recorder. In this unit, students learned the technical skills required to manipulate the instrument, they learned how to read and play 4 notes in various patterns to create different pieces. They learned how to apply the steps that I go through with "new song instruction" to sight read. And they performed for themselves a 3 part recorder ensemble that the entire class pulled together to make sound fantastic! Great work!
If your student would like to keep their recorder, I need written permission from a parent or guardian. In addition, Moharimet asks that you reimburse the school $5.25, the cost of a new recorder.
If you have any questions, get in touch!
January Music Class Projects
Beginning January 3rd all Moharimet 3rd graders will begin a recorder unit. We will spend a portion of each music class learning the proper techniques and skills required to play the recorder. This will allow every student to apply their music literacy skills we have been developing, to a real life situation.
We will study proper posture, air control, pitch and tempo and ensemble performance during this unit as well as applying rhythmic and treble clef notation reading.
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