In the last few weeks the students have been learning in more depth about swing. The music, dance, and the entertainment value that it brought to America in the first half of the 20th century. We have been watching videos, as well as partaking in the enjoyment of swing dancing. As we take a brief moment away from our journey through music history, “Let’s Swing Swing Swing!”
Today we are honoring those men and women who have served proudly for our country. Even though we may not be a secular school we will take the time to celebrate Veterans Day. Each class will be singing patriotic songs to get us in the spirit of the day. I hope everyone has a safe and fun Veterans Day.
So far this week the students and myself have been discussing our current genre of jazz, as well as what we think about what we want to get out of music. The future is closer than we think and have been discussing the opportunities music can bring us during our educational careers.
These last couple of weeks have been very exciting. We are finishing our blues section with only a few recordings left to do before they are distributed. However, we have started our Jazz section. We are continuing to look down the history highway to the present. This week the students are learning about Louis Armstrong and the contributions he made to American music.
This week has been so exciting in music. Grades 1-5 are writing and recording their own songs during class. The project requires the students to form groups and come up with a short blues song. The lyrics and music for each group are original. Many have already recorded their songs and the others will get a chance to record after the holidays. I am so proud of our students and can’t wait for you all to hear them. Shana Tova! Have a wonderful holiday break.