Sunday, March 27, 2011

Confucius Says...

“When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war”


Confucius Says....

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”


Bridgeport Chorus Creates History with Bridgeport's First Musical

The Bridgeport Chorus did an awesome job in their presentation of  "Dig It!".  Enjoy their performance of the first song, "So Long Ago".

3C - Pizzicato Polka

Mrs. Meade's homeroom (3C) play quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth note patterns with Strauss' "Pizzicato Polka"

3B - Pizzicato Polka

Mrs. Dower's homeroom (3B) play quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth note patterns with Strauss' "Pizzicato Polka"

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Third Grade Video Delay

I see that many of you have been checking to see if the 3rd grade videos from Friday are up yet.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take my camera home - so it will be sometime next week before they are up.  So sorry for the delay!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Music Education Strengthens Students' Minds in Many Ways

"Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students understanding and appreciation of the world around them. It is also well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to children’s intellectual development."

Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.

Students who participated in arts programs in selected elementary and middle schools in New York City showed significant increases in self-esteem and thinking skills. The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm,phrasing, and feeling--training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attentional skills,intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.

John J. Ratey, MD
Clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Mrs. Stone's 2nd Graders - Expressive Movement

The Kindergarten and 2nd Grade music classes enjoy moving expressively to music.  Here, Mrs. Stone's class moves to Erik Satie's "Gymnopedie No. 1"

Albert Einstein on Being a Musician

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
~Albert Einstein

Miss Goebel's 2nd Grade Class Performing "Miss White" in a 4-Part Canon

All of our 2nd graders enjoy this chant, especially in a 4-part canon.  To do this well, the students must work together to maintain a good balance and a uniform beat.