HELLO WHITTIER FAMILIES! MY NAME IS MS. COSSON AND I HAVE THE HONOR OF BEING THE MUSIC TEACHER AT WHITTIER! I HAVE BEEN AN ELEMENTARY MUSIC TEACHER FOR THE PAST 8 YEARS AND I HAVE BEEN TEACHING AT WHITTIER FOR THE PAST 6 YEARS. THIS BLOG WILL BE UPDATED OFTEN TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF THE AWESOME THINGS YOUR STUDENTS ARE DOING IN MUSIC CLASS! I WILL POST VIDEOS, PICTURES AND LITTLE NOTES ABOUT THE AWESOME LEARNING HAPPENING IN MUSIC CLASS. PLEASE CHECK IN OFTEN TO SEE WHAT WE ARE UP TO IN MUSIC CLASS. I AM SO EXCITED TO BEGIN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR AND I CAN'T WAIT TO MAKE MUSIC WITH YOUR CHILD(REN)!
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5th grade is working on chair drumming this week. Here they are performing Chair Jam! It is definitely difficult but they gave a great effort!
The Kindergarteners learn the song Tingalayo in music class this week! They got to dance and play the maraca's along with the song. Here is Raffi singing the song.
The Kindergarteners sang and played along with the song My Dog Rags this week! They picked 3 different instruments to play on the words flip-flop, wig-wag and zig-zag. They loved singing, playing and moving along with the song My Dog Rags!
Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade music learners are moving and grooving' in music class this week.
Kindergarten is learning the folk song "My Dog Rags". They added in dance moves and instruments for the special movement words!
1st grade is learning the song and game "We are Playing in the Forest". They will be adding in instruments to practice playing the steady beat.
The 2nd graders are exploring the book Old Black Fly. They will be adding in instruments and singing to enhance the story of "Old Black Fly."
Check out these awesome 3rd graders performing a duet to Skip to My Lou! They are singing and playing the chords along with the song.
Explore Hand Hand Finger Thumb with your 1st graders at home!
See Below for Music Learning that Happened in 2018!
Here is the original version of Puff the Magic Dragon sung by Peter, Paul and Mary!
Kindergarten is learning the song Aiken Drum in music class this week! Aiken Drum is a silly song about a boy whose clothes are made out of different types of food! They will be drawing their own versions of Aiken Drum in music class this week!
In 2nd grade, we are learning about the folk song and folk story Abiyoyo. The 2nd graders listened to the story, learned the song and got to play Ms. Cosson's ukulele! We will explore how to read music on a music staff using the song Abiyoyo! The clip above is the story written by Pete Seeger.
K,1,2: The focus for the month of November is fall themed and Thanksgiving themed music. The students in K, 1, 2 have been reinforcing musical concepts by singing, playing and moving to different fall songs. Ask your child to sing or share something about the songs below!
K: Hop Old Squirrel, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, 5 Fat Turkeys, Turkey Tango and Shoo Turkey
1st: Acka Backa, Ta, ti-ti, Turkey Gobbler and Shoo Turkey
2nd: Who?, Turkey Lurkey, Turkey Gobbler
The 3rd graders will be learning two songs over the next few weeks. They will be learning a folk song from Israel called Toembaii as well as a folk song from Louisiana called Great Big House. Both of these songs are reinforcing the 3rd grade rhythm Tika Tika.
The 4th and 5th graders will be working through Recorder Karate 1 and Recorder Karate 2 for the next 6-8 weeks. They have been doing a great job learning and relearning how to play the recorder! Hopefully you will hear some great practicing at home!
It's crazy to think that this is the last week of October! It's been a busy month in music class. Here is what is happening in music this week, as we say "good-bye" to October and "hello" to November!
It is a BIG week in 4th and 5th grade music. The 4th graders are finishing their last music literacy unit about lines and spaces before starting recorders next week. The 5th graders are beginning recorders this week! Recorder Karate is in the near future for both 4th and 5th grade.
The 2nd and 3rd graders are finishing up their music literacy units. They have been working really hard at learning ta-ah rhythms in 2nd grade and tika-tika rhythms in 3rd grade. We had a little bit of fun reviewing how to write music notes using candy corn! All of the 2nd and 3rd graders did a great job!
1st grade learned the song Candy Store in music class this week. They got to play the steady beat on the xylophones and make a quick stop at the candy store when they were done!
Kindergarten is learning how to play the xylophones over the next few weeks! They are really working on listening and following directions when they are playing the xylophones! I hope to post a video soon of the kids playing the xylophones in class!
Mrs. Boyajian's second graders are singing and playing the game Pass the Pumpkin!
It's been an exciting couple of weeks in music class! In Kindergarten through 3rd grade we have been singing, playing and moving to Halloween themed songs! Ask your student about one of the songs or activities below!
In Kindergarten: Pumpkin Pumpkin, 5 Little Pumpkins, Scary Skeleton, Happy Halloween and Stirring the Brew
In 1st grade: Scary Skeletons, Pumpkin Pumpkin, Who?, Candy Store
In 2nd grade: Pass the Pumpkin, Who? and Candy Corn Rhythms
In 3rd grade: Pumpkin Pumpkin, Candy Corn Rhythms and Spooky Halloween Rhythms
The 5th graders finished up their Song Writing Compositions this week. They were working on writing their own song and learning how to play it on the xylophones. This was a challenging task for many of the 5th graders but they persevered and completed their songs.
As music readers and writers, it is important to know how many beats a note or rest gets and how to write it with a time signature. These were some of the skills the 5th graders were working on with this assignment!
Happy first week of October! Here is what is happening in music this week! I hope you find the time to ask your child about the songs and activities they did this week in music!
Kindergarten is continuing to explore their high and low singing voices. They will be using parachutes, rhythm sticks and their singing voice to demonstrate their understanding of high and low.
1st Grade is continuing to work on the difference between beat and rhythm. They will be learning the song Apple Tree and playing the circle game that goes along with apple tree. They will also be learning the song Bee Bee and working on creating their own rhythms using Bee manipulatives.
2nd Grade will begin their rhythm unit this week. They will learn two songs this week; "Who's That Tapping at the Window" and "Rocky Mountain". Both songs will help to prepare the note ta-ah.
3rd grade will begin their rhythm unit this week, as well. They will be playing their rhythm compositions that they created along with the Pepperoni Pizza. They will be introduced to the note tika tika, at the end of the week!
4th grade is doing an awesome job learning about note and rest names! They will be completing a few activities and doing stations to reinforce their understanding of notes and rests.
5th grade will be building on their knowledge and understanding of notes, rests and their values by writing, creating and playing their own compositions. This activity will help to reinforce their understanding of measures, meter, note values, lines and spaces and xylophone playing technique!
Hello Whittier Families... I can't believe it is the last week of September already! Here is what is happening in music this week...
Kindergarten is continuing to explore the different ways in which they can use their voices; high, low, singing, whispering, talking and shouting. They will be exploring these sounds in many different ways this week.
1st Grade will be learning more about beat and rhythm. They will be singing, playing games and playing instruments to reinforce the steady beat and musical rhythms.
2nd Grade will be learning the Dutch folk song Sarasponda. They will be learning a stick pattern that goes along with Sarasponda.
3rd grade will be finishing up learning "I've Been to Harlem." They will be doing a class cup activity along with the song "I've Been to Harlem". We will spend the end of the week learning the song "Pepperoni Pizza". This will lead us into our 3rd grade rhythm tika tika!
Fourth and Fifth grade will be focusing on notes, rests and musical rhythms. This unit will help to prepare them for learning how to read music. Music reading is an important skill for playing the recorder successfully!
Ms. Sexton's fourth graders rocked Four White Horses! Check out their teamwork and perseverance as they sing and hand clap to Four White Horses!
This week in 4th grade music we learned how to sing and do body percussion to the song Four White Horses! Check out this awesome group of 4th graders who are singing and clapping along with Four White Horses!
Ms. Matheus' Second Graders are singing and moving to the song Pizza Pizza Daddy-O! They learned about how this song is a call and response song!
Mrs. Boyajian's Second Graders are singing and moving to the song Pizza Pizza Daddy-O! They learned about how this song is a call and response song!
It's been a great two weeks in music at Whittier. The Kindergartener's and 1st graders and been using their singing voices, practicing moving safely in the music room, responding to music and playing non-pitched percussion instruments.
The 2nd graders have been singing and responding to music. They moved to the instrumental piece, Seven Jump and learned the song Jump Jim Joe. We practiced playing the xylophone part that accompanies Jump Jim Joe!
See the post below for 3rd grade music fun!
The 4th and 5th graders finished their classroom building and team building activities and have started working on their first music pieces. The 4th graders are learning the song Four White Horses and will work with their classmates to learn the hand clapping game that goes along with the song. The 5th graders are beginning the school year with the drumming piece "Get Down and Play Your Drum"! Keep an eye out for video's for both of these pieces!