For years I’ve organized “Sharing Music from Home” lessons. Students are invited to perform practised pieces for their peers. Voluntary “show-and-tell” in Music class. This year I’m focusing on the silence between notes; I was inspired by Katrina Goldsaito’s kid book, “The Sound of Silence.” I shared this book and taught my students about Cage’s “4’33.” Our influence is incredible. After these lessons, Sharing music from Home has a new feel around here. I had students create and notate their own compositions (straw pan flute, mallets on water bottles), one student sampled his voice into our keyboard, a shy student actually performing “4’33,” but the one that floored me was a grade 3 who set up GarageBand on a computer to record himself calling his home phone with a cell phone. 7 mins of amazing sounds and feedback. The sound vs music debate rages on. Minds and ears are open.
By next week, all IRC students will have played small percussion instruments, drums, Ukuleles, Guitars (grades 3-6), glockenspiels, metallophones, xylophones, basses, keyboards….oh and we sing. We are lucky!!!
I only had to learn 49 new names (JKs) this year – maybe my easiest September yet (I’ve taught in four different provinces. Lots of kids!!). IRC is definitely one of my favourite schools ever – amazing students, community, and staff!
Here are the Grade 2/3s on a very hot day listening to Yo yo Ma play Bach and some juniors showing their genuine excitement about clapping sixteenth notes in rhythms cards.
Our spring concert was beyond amazing and I thank all of my colleagues and students for making it so. Some lyrics were made even more beautiful as we all mourned an IRC student’s passing- “It was, for awhile, a perfect life.”
My students and I are setting performance goals for our upcoming concert. Check out @msfrasermusic for our tweets.🎵
IRC Grades 1-6 students are (almost) done composing their pieces for our May 2nd concert entitled, Self-Composed. It will be an evening of all original, student-written music! 6:00-6:45 will be grades 1-3 performing and 6:45-7:00 will be grades 4-6. We are working tirelessly. See above.
Thanks to fellow educator, Doug Friesen, some of my students are composing a song with Royal Wood!
Also, disco balls are fun.
Ms Greenwood organized another fabulous French Cafe and the Grade 5/6s and I provided the musical entertainment. Guitars, ukuleles, mallet instruments, and recorders playing French melodies. Magnifique!