• Music Assignment Week 5: May 11-15 All Classes



    Back to our small groups of orchestra instruments. So far we’ve had the string quartet and the brass quintet. This week we’re going to listen to and look at a wind quintet. Before you listen, how many instruments did we say were in a quintet? You got it, 5. Which instruments would you expect to see and hear if the group is made up of  wind instruments? If you said Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, and Bassoon, you’re close. Check out the following link and see. This clip is almost four minutes long, and you’re welcome to listen to all of it, but especially for our first and second graders (and for the older grades if you’re short on time) at least  listen to the first 1 minute and 51 seconds,


    Was there an instrument there that you didn’t expect? Going from left to right we had the flute (good), oboe (pat yourself on the back if you didn’t mix it up with the clarinet), the - wait a minute - French Horn? But that’s not a woodwind! Back to that in a minute, the bassoon (yay, if you remembered it’s name) and the clarinet. So what’s with the French horn? Well, some folks found that just the four main woodwinds together sounded kind of honking or piercing, so they added the horn to mellow out the sound. The addition was very popular, so it became traditional. And there you have the Wind Quintet.


    By the way, did you notice the composer? We’ve heard his music before. W. A. Mozart Older kids, without looking, what do the W and the A stand for? Yep, Wolfgang Amadeus - and remember the w in Wolfgang sounds like a v and the z in Mozart sounds like the zz in pizza because he was from Austria so he spoke German, and people there pronounce some letters differently than we do in the U.S.. 

    What are some fun facts you can remember about Mozart? (Let’s see if we can get one fact for 1st and 2nd grades, two facts  for 3rd grade, and three facts for 4th and 5th grades - and yes, first/middle name and country each count as one fact)

    --He was born on Jan. 27, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria and died on Dec. 5, 1791 in Vienna, Austria

    --He was a child prodigy - (a child who is more talented than many professional adults who specialize in that area

    --We think he wrote his first piece when he was 5 (about in Kindergarten)

    --He was so talented that he played for kings and queens when he was little

    --Some kings thought Mozart was a scam artist and was really an adult acting like a child so they had their dentists check his teeth to be sure they really were baby teeth - they were.

    --And a new one - Mozart was very fond of birds and had a pet starling he called Vogelstar


    For Everyone - more patriotic songs for May. Let’s start with This Land is Your Land - verse one ends at 1 minute and 8 seconds. 1st and 2nd graders stop there, please. 3rd-5th grade sing along with the entire song


    And for those of you who enjoy singing, a rerun of Yankee Doodle - all three verses. You don’t need to memorize them, 1st grade, but continue getting familiar with the second and third verse.




    Back to Creative Campfires we go for another art project.. ;-) I’ve split this one between upper and lower grades as the one for the older kids may be a little too complicated for our younger students. However, parents, you know your children best and if you’d like to do the one for 3rd-5th grade you’re welcome to do so. As usual, please send the pictures of your artwork to me at conrankaren@dublinusd.org and remember to include your classroom teacher’s name. DO NOT send them to Ms. Riley.

    1st and 2nd Grades - This week you’re going to do a project called What Can You Find? with Susan Riley and her daughter Emma. When you send me your picture please tell me what your shapes are and remember to color them in. Some folks got a little confused during Week 2 and did this assignment instead of the Upcycled Jellyfish. If that’s what happened to you, you have three choices, either go back and do the jellyfish project, or you can do the older kids’ project for this week, or you can do this project again and this time tell me what your shapes are. Sometimes what I imagine things to be aren’t what you have in mind. ;-) Remember to take a picture of your work, tell me the name of your classroom teacher, and send it to me at conrankaren@dublinusd.org. Do NOT send it to Ms. Riley. Can’t wait to see what you’ve found.:-)


    3rd - 5th Grades - As we think about our country during May, I want you to notice our cities and their skylines, especially those cities by the water. This week’s art project is titled Water Reflections. You’ll need markers, a sharpie, a yellow or white crayon (the crayon is optional), plain printer paper, and a spritzer bottle for water. I expect you’ll have everything you need except maybe the spritzer bottle. If you can pick up a very inexpensive one when you go to Target or some other store that would be great. Also, you’ll need to put something down to protect your working surface from water. Newspapers or something similar work well so don’t recycle them till you’ve finished this assignment. ;-) This project only goes to the 9 minutes and 30 second mark on this video. After that the teacher is off on another project. Remember to take a picture of your work, tell me the name of your classroom teacher, and send it to me at conrankaren@dublinusd.org Looking forward to seeing your “reflections.”.