Sunday, September 25, 2011

Upper Grade Canons/Ensembles Begin!

On Thursday 4th and 5th grades both focused on canons. This a musical form we use a lot in upper grades where the central musical idea is performed is 2 or more parts in an overlapping fashion. Canons are also also called rounds, the best known of which are "Frere Jacques" or "Row Row Row Your Boat." But as the fifth graders learned, canons are not necessarily song. A very interesting canon can be created by performing a body percussion piece in multiple overlapping parts.

Thursday was also the day we began ensemble, with the first meeting of our Orff Percussion group. Pictures will follow shortly!

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