Flexible Learning - Week of May 4th

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All Grades:  Click below to see a video message from Mrs. Genstein!

Message from Mrs. Genstein


It's Star Wars Week!!!

(May the 4th Be With you!)

All Our Music Assignments are Star Wars Themed - ENJOY!

All music from Star Wars is composed by John Williams



This week, we'll be exploring the musical concept of TEMPO (Fast and Slow.)  Listen to these two songs from Star Wars - one song is fast and another song is slow.  Can you tell which song is fast and which song is slow?  The fast song will be easy to keep a beat to!

Song 1 

Song 2


1st Grade

Get out your homemade instruments and play the rhythm to the "Imperial March" from Star Wars.  If you remember, we did this in music class with our rhythm sticks!  Follow along with the video as best you can and play the rhythms on your homemade instrument.  If it's a bit challenging at first, just play the steady beat - then try the rhythm (du's, du-de's) later.

Imperial March Rhythm Read/Play-Along


2nd Grade

Create and Perform an Ostinato (a musical pattern that repeats continuously) to the "Imperial March" - 

1. Take a look through each of the 4 beat rhythm patterns here.  Clap and speak each one (use your Du's, Du-De's, etc.)

2. Pick TWO of your favorite patterns and say/clap them together.  One pattern first, then the other right after.  You will now have an 8 beat rhythm pattern (2 patterns, each are 4 beats long.)  Clap/say that pattern several times without stopping - like it's on repeat.  You have now created an Ostinato!

3.  You can write your ostinato pattern on a piece of paper, or you can print them out and put them next to each other.

4.  Now, perform your ostinato to the "Imperial March" from Star Wars.  Here is the link to the song.  Remember to perform the rhythm YOU created and keep repeating it throughout the song.  Be careful not to play the rhythm of the actual song.

***Feel free to perform your ostinato on your homemade instrument!  You can also simply clap your ostinato, as well.


3rd Grade

Listening for a THEME - We will be using two songs from Star Wars to learn about the concept of musical themes in movies.  Many movies contain musical themes (they could be melodic or rhythmic) that are associated with different characters, or even relationships between characters.  They could even be associated with a place!  These themes usually are heard multiple times within a movie (or a series in the case of Star Wars.)  There are MANY different themes amongst all of the Star Wars movies.  We'll be looking at "Luke and Leia's Theme."

1. Listen to "Luke and Leia's Theme" from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.  Notice the main melody and what it sounds like.  You might even get it stuck in your head.  You can listen to it as many times as you'd like to get familiar with it.

2.  Now, we're going to try to find it and recognize it in another song from the more recent Star Wars Film, The Last Jedi.  Listen to this song, called, "The Spark."  The theme is only played for a moment.  Can you recognize "Luke and Leia's Theme" when it starts? 

Also, an email from our instrumental music teachers, Dr. Shanefield and Mrs. Greenberg, has been sent out to our 3rd grade families with more info regarding instrument sign-ups for next year.  Please take a moment to review this link, consider instruments, and submit the sign-up form.

4th and 5th Grades

Watch this short video by Dr. Chris Swanson about how music plays an important role in film.  He uses Luke's theme from Star Wars as an example.  When you're finished watching the video, answer these three true or false questions.  Feel free to add an explanation as to why you chose true or false for your answer.  I will post the answers and explanations to these questions next week! 

1.  True or False?  Musical themes can be used as foreshadowing.

2. True or False?  A musical theme can ONLY be played on the same instrument every time it's played.

3.  True or False?  A theme can represent a character and/or a relationship between characters.


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