MUSIC - DR. SARAH HARR
Kindergarten through Second Grade:
Students learn how to demonstrate and identify musical contrasts; demonstrate steady beat through movement, singing, and playing instruments; identify all the families of orchestral instruments and play a variety of classroom percussion instruments; develop healthy singing techniques and matching teacher pitch; identify basic rhythmic and pitch notation; sing chapel songs in class and in worship; listen to and identify a variety of musical styles; listen to books and color pictures about music; prepare choral music for the annual Christmas and Grandparents Day programs.
Third through Fifth Grade:
Students learn how to sing in two parts; apply knowledge of dynamics, tempo, and mode; identify pitch (including accidentals) using treble and bass clef, the keyboard, and solfege syllables and hand signs interchangeably; identify complex and syncopated rhythms using time signatures and standard rhythmic notation (notes and rests); further develop healthy singing techniques; sing chapel songs in class and in worship; listen to and identify a variety of musical styles; prepare choral music for the annual Christmas and Grandparents Day programs.
Sixth - Eighth Grade:
Students learn how to sing harmony in three or four parts; memorize key signatures in both the major and minor modes; aurally and visually identify basic harmonic progressions (I, IV, V); practice weekly and perform in a Middle School Handbell Choir; identify and perform complex rhythms with and without the use of percussion instruments; further develop healthy singing techniques; sing chapel songs in class and in worship; listen to and identify a variety of musical styles; prepare choral music for the annual Christmas and Grandparents Day programs.
News from Dr. Sarah Harr
Everyone worked very hard preparing for the Grandparents' Day Program, which was a huge success! The students donated two carloads of supplies for Welcome Home of Chattanooga, and those who attended the program raised over $700! Thank you to all who donated items and money for this project!
Here is what we will work on for the remainder of the spring semester:
Music and Aural Theory:
We have learned how to read pitches in the treble clef and bass clef. Now we are learning how to write pitches using standard notation. We’re learning the pitch names on the piano, memorizing syllables and hand signs for solfege and telling stories using pitch names from the music alphabet. By the end of the semester, everyone will know how to read music using the grand staff!
Hymns of the month for March, April and May:
March - Lord of the Dance, Jesus Remember Me
April - I’ve Got the Joy, New Testament Song
May - Father Welcomes, Old Testament Song
Middle School Handbell Choir:
The handbell choir did an amazing job at the Grandparents' Day Program! I am amazed at how far they have come in such a short period of time! We are working on “Ode To Joy” for the rest of the semester, and we are hoping to observe the upper school handbell choir from the McCallie School and learn some new handbell playing techniques for next year from their director, Mrs. Theresa Coker. The middle school students are so excited!
The PK3 - 8th grade students performed at our recent annual Grandparents' Day chapel program! Our middle school handbell choice also did an incredible job!