For Grades 4 and 5:

Below you will find the links to our songs for the Christmas concert.   We will be having a dress rehearsal for students on Monday, December 10, and two performances for parents on Tuesday, December 11.  Words should be memorized.

Have fun!  Chantons!

Grade 4: Quand le Pere Noel

For Grade 5: Au royaume de bonhomme d’hiver

In September and October, we will concentrate on some basic expressions to introduce ourselves, describe our activities, days of the week, months of the year, and weather.  Here are some videos by Alain le Lait to help you remember what we’ve done in class!

L’alphabet!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LYy3P2okyw

Les numeros!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY

Les jours de la semaine:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY

Quel temps fait-il? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBvJVOuBPXI

 

In September and October, we will be doing review of some basic vocabulary before we begin our study of symbols of Canada.   Our character theme of this unit is respect:  respect for our country, for what it stands for, respect for ourselves and each other.  We will learn what symbols can tell us more about our Canadian identity, and look at some famous French speaking Canadians and organization that are making a difference in our world.

What is your story of Canada?

What are some of the things you love most about this country?

Some of the things you like the least?

Start building your own word treasure chest using wordreference.com and your picture dictionary (blue duotang).

J’aime…………………………

Je n’aime pas……………..

Grade 5 Music UNIT 1  Elements of Music

In September and October, we will be looking at the elements of music-rhythm, tempo, dynamics, form, texture and harmony, duration, and names of various styles of music.    These will be words students will be expected to use as they talk about music this year.  We will be writing some rhythm patterns for our drumming unit.  Most evaluation will be in-class participation continuous learning—everything counts!

For Remembrance Day, we are learning Sarah McLaughlin’s “Ordinary Miracle”.  Each student is encouraged to think of an ordinary miracle that they are thankful for in a time of peace, or something that a person who is serving in the war would be thankful to have as a reality.

Music this year will encompass drumming, recorder, ukulele, vocal work, and guest appearances by local musicians.

We have one music class per week (Day 5), so please plan on being present as much as possible!

Sincerely,

Madame Kerr

In early November, students will sing 8 lines of ONE of the following songs.  Practice time and performance will be given in class. Students will be expected to:

1) Answer the question: Why did you choose this song? What part of Canada does it come from?

2) Clap the rhythm of this song.

3) Sing the lines of the song you have chosen.  You may do so with or without accompaniment. You may use the words or music provided.    I will be looking for accurate pitch, solid tone, excellent posture and breathing, use of dynamics and phrasing,  and evidence of your practicing.

Canada has so much great music, it was hard to choose the list!  These songs are picked because the melodies are clear—we will get into other kinds of Canadian music later in the year!

Choose ONE songs to learn and sing 8 lines from for your performance.  You may have a copy of your words or music with you:

If you like folk melodies:

I’se Bye   (Newfoundland)  to 1:54

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-bQn9DtgUA

Song for the Mira (Nova Scotia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfJoQcM5bPo

If you like more modern sounds:

Ordinary Miracle—Sarah McLaughlin (Nova Scotia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rweU-FFE6Ww

If I had a Million Dollars—Bare Naked Ladies (Toronto)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4L3ls_6UYg

Anything Can Happen (This Town)—Ash and Bloom (Hamilton)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRsQ3ELfBI4

Let the Storm Come (Ash and Bloom )—(Hamilton)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GEQXKo1ZcM

 

If you like strong rhythm:

Life is a Highway—Tom Cochrane (Winnipeg)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2Y25jSEt3Y

O Siem—Susan Agulkark (Nunavut)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWO0PZaCt_Q

 

Our Remembrance Day song will be Un Canadien Errant (From His Canadian Home).   We will work on this in class as online versions are pitched far too high!

Have fun!

Yours in music,

Mme Kerr

Unit 1: THE CROSS CANADA MUSICAL TOUR

Our first unit is a vocal music.  By doing a “cross-Canada musical tour”, we are learning the solfege scale, proper vocal posture, and how to improve our pitch and performance.  Our artists and folk musicians come from all across Canada, and most are internationally known. Class discussions also include tempo, rhythm, and dynamics in a piece of music, and how those elements help to tell the story of the song.

In September and October, we will concentrate on some basic expressions to introduce ourselves, describe our activities, days of the week, months of the year, and weather.  Here are some videos by Alain le Lait to help you remember what we’ve done in class!

L’alphabet!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LYy3P2okyw

Les numeros!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY

Les jours de la semaine:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsEz58BblMY

Quel temps fait-il? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBvJVOuBPXI

Have fun!  Amusez-vous bien!

Mme Kerr