Dates to Remember:

Spring Concert-Monday, March 26th at 7:00pm in the school gym

8th grade Graduation– Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00pm in the church

February 20-February 23

8th graders will be leading our Word and Communion Service this week on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the students will review the Chinese Folk Song and ribbon dance that was introduced last week. We will also be watching a video to learn more about China and their culture. We had also learned some new vocabulary that we will put into practice on Wednesday. The students learned the words: bordun, color part, form, and cross-over bordun. The students will be demonstrating on the xylophone what these words mean when playing music. We will also be learning about the Chinese Fan Dance and the students will be creating some movement and mirroring each other.

Guitar students are going to start learning individual notes on the guitar and how they look on the staff. We will also be practicing some guitar riffs that are written in tablature and the students will learn how to read that guitar music.

Praise Team is working on the Spring Concert songs!

Children’s Choir is rehearsing pieces for a school mass in Lent as well as the Spring Concert songs.

Spring Concert Resources

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We have recently started our Recorder Unit in Music Class. I use a curriculum called Recorder Karate and each time a student masters a song, he or she will have earned a belt for that song.

Usually, I would listen to students in class to assess, but since this is a larger class I would like to try a different form of assessment in order to be better utilize my time in the classroom with the students.  I have created a Google Voice account with the phone #320-365-1105. When a student feels ready to test for a belt he or she will call this number and leave a voicemail:

“Hello, Mrs Strandberg. This is (student name) testing on (song name).” The student then proceeds to play the song he or she wishes to test on that day.

Here are some play-along tracks for the students to practice with on their Recorder Karate songs!

If the above links are not working, this video may help the students practice as well.