Back in the music room!

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Mr Chris’ days as a peripatetic music teacher are, once again, over as, from Monday, I return, with you, to the music room.
The room where the magic happens!

We have had two weeks introduction to our listening unit on classical music, to which we will return later in the year, but, we can now start the way we mean to go on with a new instrument: The Recorder!

Health and hygene means that we cannot share recorders so it is very important you have your own. They can be bought from any music shop and cost from 100-400 baht depending on the quality and the colour. We use soprano/descant recorders in school.
Yamaha recorders are a reliable choice.
Lazada is also an option.
As with any instrument, practice is key and having your own recorder to play at home will help you learn faster.

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I’ll see you in the music room.

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Have a great summer!

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Check out the music blog page for some videos of some very talented students who tried out for the virtual talent show.
Thanks for taking risks and joining in, guys.
We couldn’t do it without you!

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Welcome back!

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I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break and are ready for the new term of music making.
We will return to the recoder this term so go to SeeSaw, follow the activities and let’s pick our recorders back up from right where we left them.

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Music at home

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Grade 3 music classes will be posted on Seesaw each Monday morning at 09:00
Good morning.
Due to the current shift to e-learning the music classes can now be found on seesaw.
Please take the time to join in with the activities posted and follow the instructions as posted.
We may be at home but the music lingers on………Have fun!
Mr Chris

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Moving Forward…….

We can now all play at least two of the following songs, with some of us being able to play them all:

Hot Cross Buns
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Silent Night
Joy to the World
Ode to Joy

Here s a fingering chart to help you understand where to put your fingers to play the notes but always remember what the parrot says!

Recorder fingers

Here is a more technical chart showing all the notes available to you on the recorder-this is black belt territory for sure so don’t worry if it seems too complicated. I’m putting it here just for information purposes!

Recorder chromatic fingers

Here’s a little piece of recorder history for you to enjoy…….

and some rather interesting recorder playing….

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Welcome Back!

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Welcome to a new year of music making here at KIS. We have many exciting things in store and many new things to learn.
Our first unit, Inspiring Individuals, a school-wide unit, takes a look at our quality learning behaviours and how they look in the music classes.

At KIS we believe that quality learning behaviours include:

Striving for understanding
Developing our passions
An inclusive and caring community
Taking ethical action.

How do we do this in the music classes?

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Time signatures

We have been inquiring into the theory of music and have been learning how to read and write it using Kodaly stick notation.

Using ta, ti, ti-ti and zaa, complete the following exercises at home and share them in the music class next week.

1.
Using ta, ti, ti-ti and zaa, compose a piece of music that is 16 bars long using a 4/4 time signature.
Remember, the top number in a time signature tells you how many whilst the bottom number tells you what type!
2.
Using ta, ti, ti-ti and zaa, compose a piece of music that is 16 bars long using a 3/4 time signature.
Remember, the top number in a time signature tells you how many whilst the bottom number tells you what type!
3.
Using ta, ti, ti-ti and zaa, compose a piece of music that is 16 bars long using a 5/4 time signature.
Remember, the top number in a time signature tells you how many whilst the bottom number tells you what type!

I look forward to seeing what you have created.

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E-learning

We have been listening to music from the classical and romantic periods.
Listen to music on the music blog, there’s some Wagner, some Mahler and some Mendelsohhn.
Select one of these composers from the romantic period and draw his portrait from an image you find on the internet.
How would you describe the clothes the composer is wearing?
How do they differ from the clothes we wear everyday?

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Listening unit: The classical and romantic periods

The romantic period in music wasn’t, unfortunately for the musicians of the time, all kissy-kissy, chocolates and valentines day. It was a period in music where composers wrote music with more emotion, passion and with a view of expressing their inner visions.

Some of the great romantic composers wrote epic works whilst some wrote small pieces with great emotional strength.
Here are some examples:

Mahler, Symphony Number 5

Wagner

Mendelssohn, Fingal’s Cave

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The KIS Song

We’ve got the knowledge
Inspiring individuals
We’re filled with the spirit of learning
The spirit of loving, the spirit of joy and we’re blessed
We’re KIS

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