Music

 ~ Ms. Pham ~

 

Our Intermediate classes will be performing at the Pumpkin Carving on Oct. 28th. Find lyrics and audio recordings for the songs that your class will be performing in the tabs below, along with a list of instrumental rehearsals scheduled for this week. 

 

Check it out - our mini handbell choir is working hard to prepare for the Pumpkin Carving show! 

SONG LYRICS

Click on the links below to access the lyrics to the songs our class will be performing.

Use the youtube link at the top of each document to listen to a recording and sing along! See if you can memorize the Chorus before next class!

 

1. "Sing" lyrics

2. "The Unicorn" lyrics

Click on the links below to access the lyrics to the songs our class will be performing.

Use the youtube link at the top of each document to listen to a recording and sing along! See if you can memorize the Chorus before next class!

 

1. "Blackbird" lyrics

2. "Sing" lyrics

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC SHEETS

1. Music score (PDF)

2. Practice Keyboard (PDF)


HOW TO PRACTICE AT HOME

 

You should set a goal every time you sit down to practice (For example: "I will learn the music from measure 1 to measure 8 in the next 15 minutes"). That way, you can track your progress and gradually challenge yourself to more difficult tasks. 

Use the following septs to help you learn new music!

 

Step 1: Identify rhythmic value of each note (quarter notes = 1 beat, half notes = 2 beats, whole notes = 4 beats)

Step 2: Clap the rhythm.

 *If you make a mistake or get confused, you should do the following:
Step 2a: Circle that difficult spot in the music.
Step 2b: Ask yourself "What did I do wrong?" If you know the answer to that question, say "I need to fix it by ________ next time." Then skip to step 2d. If not, go to the next step. 
Step 2c: Study the rhythmic values of that particular spot. Try to understand in your head first just exactly how many beats should you wait until the next note.
Step 2d: Try clapping again but at a slower tempo so that your brain has enough time to process the new information you've just figured out. 
 
 ~Rinse and Repeat~
 
Step 3: Label note names using the musical alphabet (A,B,C,D,E,F,G)

Step 4: Say the note names as you clap the rhythm. 

*If you make a mistake or get confused, you should do the following:
Step 4a: Circle that difficult spot in the music.
Step 4b: Ask yourself "What did I do wrong?" If you know the answer to that question, say "I need to fix it by ________ next time." Then skip to step 4d. If not, go to the next step. 
Step 4c: Study the sequence of note names and rhythmic values of that particular spot. Try to understand in your head first just exactly how many beats does each note get.
Step 4d: Try clapping again but at a slower tempo so that your brain has enough time to process the new information you've just figured out. 
 
 ~Rinse and Repeat~
 
Step 5: Locate where the notes you need to play will be on the practice xylophone keyboard print out (see Practice Keyboard PDF above)
 
Step 5a: Point at the keys - use your finger, use your pencil, use your nose, use your baby brother's big toe. Just make sure you are familiar with the keyboard layour and know where you can play the pitches that the music prescribed.
 
Step 5b: Now tap the sequence notes on the keyboard in the order that they come in the music. Don't worry about rhythm yet. Just know where you will be moving your mallet to next after each note played. 
 
~Rinse and Repeat
 
Step 6: Tap the notes in rhythm on the practice keyboard
*If you make a mistake or get confused, you should do the following:
Step 6a: Circle that difficult spot in the music.
Step 6b: Ask yourself "What did I do wrong?" If you know the answer to that question, say "I need to fix it by ________ next time." Then skip to step 6d. If not, go to the next step. 
Step 6c: Study the sequence of note names and rhythmic values of that particular spot. Try to understand in your head first just exactly how many beats does each note get.
Step 6d: Try tapping again but at a slower tempo so that your brain has enough time to process the new information you've just figured out. 
 
 ~Rinse and Repeat~
 
 

 

1. Music Score (PDF)

2. Fingering Chart (PDF)


HOW TO PRACTICE AT HOME

 

You should set a goal every time you sit down to practice (For example: "I will learn the music from measure 1 to measure 8 in the next 15 minutes"). That way, you can track your progress and gradually challenge yourself to more difficult tasks. 

Use the following septs to help you learn new music!

 

Step 1: Identify rhythmic value of each note (quarter notes = 1 beat, half notes = 2 beats, whole notes = 4 beats)

Step 2: Clap the rhythm.

 *If you make a mistake or get confused, you should do the following:

Step 2a: Circle that difficult spot in the music.
Step 2b: Ask yourself "What did I do wrong?" If you know the answer to that question, say "I need to fix it by ________ next time." Then skip to step 2d. If not, go to the next step. 
Step 2c: Study the rhythmic values of that particular spot. Try to understand in your head first just exactly how many beats should you wait until the next note.
Step 2d: Try clapping again but at a slower tempo so that your brain has enough time to process the new information you've just figured out. 
 
 ~Rinse and Repeat~

 

Step 3: Label note names using the musical alphabet (A,B,C,D,E,F,G)

Step 4: Say the note names as you clap the rhythm. 

*If you make a mistake or get confused, you should do the following:

Step 4a: Circle that difficult spot in the music.
Step 4b: Ask yourself "What did I do wrong?" If you know the answer to that question, say "I need to fix it by ________ next time." Then skip to step 4d. If not, go to the next step. 
Step 4c: Study the sequence of note names and rhythmic values of that particular spot. Try to understand in your head first just exactly how many beats does each note get.
Step 4d: Try clapping again but at a slower tempo so that your brain has enough time to process the new information you've just figured out. 
 
 ~Rinse and Repeat~

 

Step 5: Locate where the notes you need to play will be on the recorder (see Fingering Chart PDF above)

 
Step 5a: List all the notes you will need to play.
Step 5b: Learn the finger pattern to play each of them. Use the fingering chart to help you. 
Step 5c: Mime through the sequence notes/finger pattern in the order that they come in the music.  Don't worry about rhythm and blowing to make sound yet. Just know which holes need to be covered or uncovered next after each note played. 
 
~Rinse and Repeat

 

Step 6: Play the notes in rhythm on your recorder

*If you make a mistake or get confused, you should do the following:

Step 6a: Circle that difficult spot in the music.
Step 6b: Ask yourself "What did I do wrong?" If you know the answer to that question, say "I need to fix it by ________ next time." Then skip to step 6d. If not, go to the next step. 
Step 6c: Study the sequence of note names, rhythmic values, and finger patterns of that particular spot. Try to understand in your head first just exactly how many beats does each note get.
Step 6d: Try playing again but at a slower tempo so that your brain has enough time to process the new information you've just figured out. 
 
 ~Rinse and Repeat~
 

REHEARSALS THIS WEEK


Tuesday 10/11
    3:30 - 4:00PM
    Handbells
Tuesday 10/11
    4:00 - 4:30PM
    Woodblock/Maracas/Tambourine
Wednesday 10/12
    Recess
    Xylophone
Thursday 10/13
    3:30 - 4:00PM
    Recorder
Thursday 10/13
    4:00 - 4:30PM
    Xylophone
Friday 10/14
    3:30 - 4:00PM
    Singers (for "Sing")
Friday 10/14
    4:00 - 4:30PM
    Handbells

 


 

REHEARSALS NEXT WEEK


Tuesday 10/18
Tuesday 10/18
    Recess
    3:30 - 4:00PM
    Singers (for "The Unicorn")
    Handbells
Tuesday 10/18
    4:00 - 4:30PM
    Woodblock/Maracas/Tambourine
Wednesday 10/19
    Recess
    Xylophone
Thursday 10/20
    3:30 - 4:00PM
    Recorder
Thursday 10/20
    4:00 - 4:30PM
    Xylophone
Friday 10/21
Friday 10/21
    3:30 - 4:00PM
    4:00 - 4:30PM
    Singers (for "Sing")
    Handbells