4th Grade Music

Celebrate Music!

March is “Music In Our Schools” month! The students at All Saints are opening up their music classes to parents and relatives with musical talent. If you are a family member of an All Saints student with a musical gift, we would love for you to share it with us! Between the dates of March 3rd-10th, you may come to your students music class to give a 10-15 minute presentation of your musical talent, how you started your talent, and when you started. The link to sign up is posted on Ms. Wagner's portion of the All Saints website.  When you get there, choose the appropriate grade that you would like to share with. Please enter your name, the name of your student, your musical talent, and then please choose a date and time that works best for you. We would love to have you! Below is the link to sign up:

We are also opening up our music classrooms to relatives and friends from across the country with musical talent. Simply ask your friend or relative to video themselves giving their presentation, and email it to Ms. Wagner. The videos will be shown to students during music class. We received some great videos  last year. It is an amazing opportunity for students to see musicians from around the country. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Wagner. Thank you for your continued support of music in our schools!
 

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Keyboard Lab

During the month of February, the All Saints students participated in a keyboard lab during Music Class. Students were able to learn and explore the organization of the keyboard, while mastering several keyboard songs. They were also able to compose original pieces using different instrument sounds and drum beats that were programed into the keyboards. This unit is part of  the Cedar Rapids Metro Catholic Schools fine arts courses. The keyboards rotate between the elementary schools during the school year. It is a great opportunity for students to learn basic keyboard skills!

Violin Unit

As part of our curriculum at All Saints, students in fourth grade participate in an eight week violin unit throughout the months of April and May. Violins are brought into the school and for eight weeks the fourth graders study the anatomy of the violin, the physics of sound, the history behind the violin, some famous string players and the pieces they play. The students also learn the basics of playing the violin including posture, bow hold, and finger placement. 

We will be holding a violin concert in conjunction with the third grade recorder concert in the All Saints gymnasium on Wednesday, May 17th from 9:00-9:30am. Parents and guests are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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5th Grade Band Try-Outs

Our 4th graders have been busy discussing different instrument families this past week. They are getting ready to become members of the 5th grade band! Mr. Doug Davis from Griggs Music Store stopped by on May 16th for a demonstration of the different band instruments that will be offered. Then, he came back and let the students try out their top two instrument choices to find the one that fits them the best.

We concluded our 5th Grade Band festivities on May 23rd with a band parent meeting. Here, the students were able to find out more about the program and instrument rental. The students will be starting lessons with Ms. Wagner this summer.