I can't believe that we have been exploring the musical language together for six weeks already! The term is going by so quickly! We have learned so much about the musical language. I can't wait to continue our musical journey together!
This week was a little crazy for us in Exploring Music 6 because of MCAS testing. We did not meet as much as we usually do because of an amended schedule. However, when we did meet, our time together was spent continuing to learn about the guitar.
On Monday, we found out that we would be learning one last piece on the guitar: Ode to Joy. After a brief discussion about the piece, we watched a BrainPop video on Beethoven who composed Ode to Joy. It was interesting to learn a little bit about the background of the composer! We even tried our best to sight read (without practicing!) Ode to Joy! This proved to be a challenge, but the students rose to the occasion!
Tuesday we had class in the technology lab and continued to learn more about Beethoven. Students were challenged to pretend that they hopped into a time machine and traveled back in time to meet and interview Beethoven. Students wrote up a radio show script with different questions and answers Beethoven would have given them if the interview had really happened!
On Friday we started class by listening to a Youtube video that featured 22 different songs using only 4 chords! We tried to write down as many of the songs as we recognized! Later on in class we learned about what a chord was. We even learned a different way to read music by something called tabs! Tabs are kind of like a diagram that shows us where to put our fingers on the fret board to produce a chord. We spent some more time really diving into learning Ode to Joy as well.
Next week we will finish up learning Ode to Joy and have our final guitar test. Our performance piece of our test will be Ode to Joy, and our written part of the assessment will focus on parts of the guitar, famous guitar players, and different types of guitars. Be on the look out for your student to bring home a study guide for this test on Monday! The test will be on Wednesday!