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    K-5 Vocal Music Class News

    There is always a lot of activity in the Stevens music room.  We sing, dance, play instruments and try to keep it all fun and engaging while building technical skills, expanding our musical vocabularies and taking care of each other.


    This is an in-class talent show during our last regular music class.  Performing is voluntary and optional.  Students can sing, dance or play an instrument.  I have a piano here at school.  Other instruments would need to come from home. If your child wants to bring an instrument, plan to drop it off at the music room before the bell and storing it there all day.  Bringing written music from home is fine too. These performances are not formal and are not graded.  It's another way of expressing this months STARS pledge focus "Share my skills and talents with others." Parents are welcome to come too.

    Here is the schedule for performance days.  This might not match what I listed in the Speak last week, but this is accurate. **Leming and **Snowden's last music classes are NOT at their normal times due to other events.

    June 19

    8:05 Vielbig

    10:05 Carroll

    10:45 Duane

    12:15 Martine

    1:00 Kamila

    1:35 Martin

    June 20

    8:40 Chua

    9:15 Perez

    10:50 Leming **

    12:15 Wilson

    1:00 Luke

    1:35 Andrews

    June 21

    11:20 Snowden** (in room 102)




    This wonderful performance opportunity for all Stevens Students comes on Thursday, May 4th, at 6:30 p.m.  Please plan on attending this annual Stevens tradition!  Plan to have your children there by 6.


    Practice tracks are all on Mr. Key's page. Duane's class will play instruments on MA TEODORA and sing EVERYBODY LOVES SATURDAY NIGHT.  Perez's class will play instruments on EVERYBODY LOVES SATURDAY NIGHT and sing MA TEODORA.

    Martine's class

    Martine's class is singing in Mandarin Chinese. Lyrics are in this PDF. Zhao Peng You

    Here is a video of one version of the song. It is very fast, and isn't an echo song like ours, but it's good practice to listen to it.

    Here is another video of it.  It is slower, and doesn't sing the bowing and smiling part, but is still helpful.

    Leming's Class

    They are performing a dance from China called GONG XI NI which is related to the Lunar New Year.  No singing, and I cannot find a good version of it online but it will be excellent.

    Snowden's Class

    They are performing a Mexican dance and do not need to practice at home.  The music is called La Raspa but there are hundreds of different versions and I cannot find the exact version that I am using anywhere online.  Trust me.  It will be great!

    Kamila's Class

    They are performing a South American dance from the Andes of Peru and Bolivia called a Huayno.  We will be making a prop they will need during class on Monday, April 24.  The music is a boys choir from Peru.  The music is called Cholito Jesus.  (It is a Christmas song, but also an excellent huayno for dancing.)  You can see if performed by the choir here.

    All mp3 files on this website are for the Exclusive Use of Students and Families of STEVENS Elementary School. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Not For Distribution.


    Kindergarten music classes are all about building a shared collection of songs and games and learning basic music concepts: high & low, fast and slow, loud and soft, singing and chanting, and ALWAYS keeping our bodies safe while we move to music.

    1st Grade

    First graders are doing a fantastic job working on in-tune singing, showing which notes are higher and lower, and showing beat and rhythm on familiar songs.  All of this is leading to reading written notes and rhythms on the page.  We will name our first notes and rhythms before winter break... we're getting really close!

    2nd Grade

    October 27, 2016
    After building lots of shared repertoire and practicing beat and rhythm and switching between the two, 2nd graders took their first step towards sight reading rhythms.  They learned that 1 sound on a beat is called TA in music class.  2 sounds on a beat will be called TI TI.  We figured out how to write the rhythm for a familiar piece as a group, and then sight read it to be sure we had it right.

    Very soon we will be getting names for our first two notes, putting them on the staff and starting to sight read melodies as well! (I'm a little bit excited about this, as you can tell.)

    2nd grade also gets to do 2 formal assessments in music class.  We won't get to the baseline assessment until we are all comfortable reading and writing our first rhythms.  It might not be until January.  The Cornerstone assessment will expand on those same skills and involve writing and performing a short piece, using known notes and rhythms.

    3rd Grade - Xylophones

    3rd grades played a repeating accompaniment part, called an OSTINATO, along with a song you may recognize, VIVA LA VIDA by Cold Play  Here's the song.  Lyrics and video are entirely school-appropriate.

    If they want to remember their part it's CCCC DDDDD GGGG EEEEE, but not with a steady beat.  They probably remember and it's very audible in the song.


    As part of our recorder program 3rd and 4th graders participate in the Link Up Program with the Seattle Symphony. They will all be attending a concert March 2 at Benaroya Hall where students will listen to the Seattle Symphony and sing and play recorder (or violin) along with them. We will be singing and playing along with the Seattle Symphony, as well as listening.

    Here is the first recorder practice video I made for you to work with. And here is the video I made for how to play the recorder part for Al Tambor del Allegria.

    Here is the theme song for Link Up, Come to Play

    Recorder Fingering Chart

    Recorder Basics<

    4th Grade & 5th Grade - World Music Drumming

    4th and 5th graders have both been working on West African percussion - learning all 6 parts in a percussion ensemble that we will use to accompany a song.  They've been mastering different hand drum techniques to produce more than one sound from the same drum, as well as the shekere (like a maraca, only from West Africa, not South American) and the gankogui (double bell). 

    Students have been practicing echoing simple patterns, creating their own patterns for others to echo, and have just starting creating their own improvised "rhythm complements" where each member of a small group creates a pattern to fit within a group of patterns.

    And Finally....
    Videos I have shown

    Students have seen some unusual video material in my class,  I promised them links to what they saw:

    Black Violin is the name two very talented string players give themselves as a performing group.  They combine the rhythms and hooks of hip hop with outstanding violin technique.  3rd, 4th and 5th grades saw this.

    More traditional violin music - In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg of Norway.

    Breaking more stereotypes, these classically trained cellists from Finland met in music school and decided to be a heavy metal cello band.  This is their version of Greig's In the Hall of the Mountain King.