Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Composer Club - Mr. Handel

Mr. George Frideric Handel is best known for his song from the Messiah!  You've heard it, I KNOW!  Hallelujah, Hallelujah! Here's two links you'll enjoy watching from this work:
"Hallelujiah Chorus"

And, a children’s choir singing "For Unto a Child Born"

Also, Handel was composing music during the time that the piano was being invented.  So  much of his songs for the keyboard were written for the organ or harpsichord.  Here's a link to hear this type of music:


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Composer Club - Pytor Tchaikovsky

Check it out!  Go to this link and learn so much about our famous composer Tchaikovsky!

You'll enjoy learning that he wrote some amazing music, like the songs you've heard in the ballet The Nutcracker.  Here's some fun videos you'll enjoy watching too:
Sugar Plum Fairy--

the Russian Dance (Trepak)---

the Chinese Dance---

The entire ballet--

On the video of the  Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,  do you know what kind of instrument is playing the melody?  Let's find out in music class!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

1st Grade Grandparents Song

Hello First Graders!
I know that you need to practice this song for our "Grandparents Day" coming up, so I thought I'd record you singing it.  Here's the Yellow & Green color groups singing....sing along.



Monday, October 22, 2012

Trip to the Opera

We had a wonderful time going to see Daughter of the Regiment by composer Donezetti.  We traveled along with the students from Mrs. LeDoux's 6th grade choir.  Here's some interviews from our adventure:

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Skip to My Lou on the Xylophones

1st grade parents, this is a challenge since we actually change notes (from F to C) in a rhythmic pattern on this song.  It's quite complex for our amazing first graders....woohoo kiddos!

Visit from Holland Hall alumn Barron Ryan!

Here's a great video of the kids in 3rd grade last spring enjoying some valuable musical time with the great pianist and musician Barron Ryan.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Composer Club for October - Gustav Holst

Here's some fun videos from our composer Gustav Holst.  He wrote a lot of music, but some of this most famous pieces are songs that he wrote because he was inspired by OUTER SPACE.  The Planets are so great to listen to: