Thursday, June 9, 2016

Culmination 2016 -- "Wonderland"

Wonderland Avenue School Culmination 2016 - "Wonderland" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

And here's our finale -- another great job!

It's been a real privilege being your teacher. Have a great summer and good luck in middle school!

Culmination 2016 -- "Heroes/In My Life"

Wonderland Avenue School Culmination 2016 - "Heroes/In My Life" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Your mash up of the David Bowie/Beatles was so inspiring to me that I plan to share it with some of my music teacher pals this summer. Well done!

Culmination 2016 -- "Good To Be Alive Right About Now"

Hello 5th Graders -- yesterday's performance at culmination was fantastic! All three songs were great, as were the speeches.

I am posting some video here for you to enjoy and to share with your families.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Culmination Song #1 Extended -- Body Percussion for "Good to be Alive Right About Now'

Last thing I will ask you to do, fifth graders, is to work on the body percussion part to accompany the chorus of the Andy Grammer song. Work a few minutes a day and by Thursday it should rock!

Culmination Song #2 Extended - Ukulele Tutorial for "Wonderland'

Wonderland Avenue Music - "Wonderland" - Uke Tutorial from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello fifth grade ukulele players -- her are some resources to help you practice "Wonderland" this weekend. The lyric sheet will show you how to make the chords and the video will show you what strum pattern to use. The one thing you won't be able to do is strum along with Taylor Swift. We're doing our version is a different key from the original.

Culmination Song #3 -- Mash up of "Heroes" and "In My Life"

Hi Fifth Graders -- here is the mash up on the David Bowie and Beatles song that will be our second number in the show. I do not have a recording the "Heroes" in A, but here is "In My Life," sung in the correct key. Just click on the play button below the lyric sheet. Particularly if you are part of the "stairs side," you will need to have the words to "In My Life" memorized.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Coyote String Band - Wayfaring Stranger - Special Theo Solo Addition

As discussed with our fiddle section (and you know who you are), the recording below shows how to play the solo for wayfaring stranger. Note that I am only playing the top note of the music. If you wish to drone on both notes, go ahead. The most important thing is that you get the counting right.