4th Grade Music
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!
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!
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.