What has 5th grade been up to?

5th graders have reviewed and built on prior knowledge of whole notes ,  half notes, quarter notes , eighth notes and  all  rests.  Learning and using TaKaDiMi rhythm syllables, students demonstrated their ability to play, internalize, and say many different rhythmic combinations.  Utilizing TaKaDiMi syllables, correct notation and simple-meter time signatures, students have composed, shared, and played their own rhythmic combinations on white boards. 5th grade has also worked towards internalizing macro and micro beats using dalrcroze eurhythmics  while singing melodic lines,  playing instruments, and listening to various repertoire.  In addition, 5th  grade has also reviewed all solfege hand signs and are able to identify and  sing corresponding solfege syllables and pitches independently.   Using solfege syllables, 5th graders are able to aurally and vocally identify Tonic and Dominant chords.  Tonic and Dominant cords are also known as the I and V chords, or primary chords in music.  With the help of repertoire, such as “Dis Solda di”, a folk song of the  Caribbean, 5th grade has furthered the development of their mallet technique on barred instruments. This Caribbean folk song aided in their performance and understanding  of multiple ostinati accompaniments. During this quarter, the students have worked very hard to learn and prepare their memorized repertoire for Veteran’s Day and Grandparents Day.  They cannot wait to share their use of proper vocal technique, musicality, their ability to sing in two part harmony, and their musical expression with you!

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