September & October Music Notes

From Amy with love.

October

In October we’ll be listening to scary music all month long! We’ve got some scary songs to sing, including: 1 little, 2 little, 3 little monsters, A Pirates Life For Me & What Do Witches Eat.

We’ll also be continuing our listening games with some Halloween style twists and, of course, we’ll be doing spooky scarf dancing!! I don’t really have any spooky instruments, but I think I’ll bring in my accordion for the kids to experiment with!!!

Our listening examples will include:
1)Will & Elizabeth from Pirates of the Caribbean

2) Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner

3) The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas

4) Danse Macabre by
Saint-Saens

5) A Night on the Bare Mountain from Mussorgsky!!

Should be a spook-tastic month!!!!

September

In September we listened to Overtures. Since an Overture is the start of a theatrical piece & September is the start of the school year it seems like a good match!!!

We learned the stories and music of: The William Tell Overture by Rossini, The overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendolssohn, and Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky!!

We also learned what a composer is and how to identify the different instrument families! We played some games, sang some great new songs and I brought in my French Horn for the kids to see & hear!!!

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