Music Moments at Mark Twain!Mrs. Schrammjschramm@emsd63.orgMusic class brings many possibilities to your student as students become a more musical person! Singing, moving, dancing, reading, writing, and improvising a melody or rhythm are some of the ways your student will grow as a musician.Recorder playing helps to teach note reading. They are introduced in 3rd grade and will continue to be played through 6th grade.5th and 6th graders also learn to play the ukulele. Watch the video below to see some of their wonderful work.
Teaching ukulele will be done in a sequential, performance-based way through which students will explore elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, form, tempo, dynamics, and tone. Areas of skill will include singing, picking, strumming, ear training, sight-reading, improvising, music theory, harmonizing, and more.
This will all be done through a program I created called "Ukulele Star" which is similar to earning belts in Recorder Karate in 3rd and 4th grade. You will see the students’ progress on their developing instrumental skills throughout the year as they earn a sticker for each new chord or skill they learn. Students will place their 'Star Stickers' on the their ukulele card to proudly display their achievement.
There will be an opportunity to purchase your student their own ukulele if you choose but it is not required, as students can use my classroom instruments each week. Students who do not have their own ukulele will be given a card for their 'Star Stickers' so they can collect them all in one place and we will keep the cards in the music room so they don't get lost.
1- White Star: Ram Sam Sam
2- Yellow Star: You are My Sunshine
3- Orange Star: This Land Is Your Land
4- Green Star: Stand By Me
5- Purple Star: Lion Sleeps Tonight
6- Blue Star: Lava
7- Red Star: Stand By Me
8- Pink Star: I'm Yours
9- Black Star: Amazing Grace
10- Silver Star: Don’t Worry, Be Happy
11- Gold Superstar: **Independent Musicianship - Research a favorite song (with ukulele Tab) and play for the class
Great Ukulele Tuning Site