5th Grade

My goal is to provide a sample of the artistic journey we experience in music class.  Please note that not everything we do will be posted!

1812 Overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

We are learning about this composer and decided to perform one of his most famous works on our Orff instruments.  Special thanks to Ms. Fournier for arranging this piece.  The students analyzed the form and correctly assembled the piece into three part harmony.  IMG_1614-29x9k67

Fast Dance

This Orff piece is downright addicting!  The students have discovered how this song is organized (form) and will be taking these pieces and rearranging them into an original composition in the near future.  We will also be adding harmony with a series of Ostinattos (short repeated patterns).


Stomp Style Animals

Students were tasked with working in groups to flip the name of animals into rhythm patterns.  Each student presented a pattern and the group decided on which pattern would be the one that represents them.  Each group then combined together to perform for the class and seek peer-review.  Finally, we stacked these patterns on top of each other to create a class composition.

losLos Machetes

We frequently look at how music is organized (the form of music) from a variety of different cultures.  In this lesson, we looked at a folk song from the Jalisco region of Mexico.  The students performed the folk dance and then viewed a video from Mexico.  We compared their performance to the video and looked for ideas to incorporate into their performance.

nearDigital Mozart

In this activity, the students are learning about Wolfgang Mozart at their own pace using a program called NearPod.  This program allows the students to view a multi-media presentation on Mozart and answer questions along the way.  We also used a program called Socrative that allows the students to take a quiz and have it graded in real time with instant feedback.  It is important to create time for students to explore Music on their own and collaborate with others in ways that are fun for them.

2Handel Presentation

Students, please click here to view the presentation on Handel!

Mozart Presentation

Students, please click here to view the presentation on Mozart!


In this project, the students performed a traditional sea chanty along with creating original motions to go along with the song.  Then we read the book, How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long and created our own accessories and pirate names to act the part.  Arggggh!!piratepirate

thanksThanksgiving Compositions

In this activity, the students are learning how to compose their own song using items found at a Thanksgiving day dinner.  The students processed the words into rhythms (word prosody) and then we will take those rhythms and use them to add a melody to form a song.  It will be interesting to see what the final products will look like!

fireFire Down Below (Canon)

In this song, we are learning about how music is organized in a canon.  The students had to learn form and then sing on pitch as they added motions that helped tell the story of the song.  Fire Down Below is a pirate sea-chanty so the ideas are endless!

minuetMinuet in G by Bach

Today we continued our unit on Johann Sebastian Bach.  As a part of that unit we took a look at a piece of his called Minuet in G.  And of course, we just had to perform that piece on BOOMWHACKERS!

Old Abram Brown

Today the students were working on singing Old Abram Brown as a round and then taking another song (Ah Poor Bird) and combining the two and forming a partner song.  The students asked to be recorded.  They were so proud!

Bach Presentation

Hello everyone here is the multimedia presentation on Bach that we used in class this week!

tsmidge T-Smidge

Here the students are learning a folk song from Belgium called T-Smidge.  In this song, they have to respond to the form in music and work with a partner to move to the music.  The students really enjoy this song and had a lot of fun figuring out all the details of the performance.


Noel Nouvelet

Today the students began working on a traditional 15th-century French carol called Noel Nouvelet.  The goal is to learn all the different instrumental (Orff) parts and then add the vocal part.  The students loved working on this song because it’s in minor and has a great fall / winter feel to it.

Alfred the Alligator

One of our favorite songs from this year that we use as a warm-up for chorus rehearsals!

Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie Canon!
     Here is an audio clip of the students singing this song as a canon.

     Here is an audio clip of the students performing this song with rhythm sticks.

Here are the big goals for the year!

  1. Teaching strategy for high ti (major scale)
  2. Teaching strategy for and eighth note followed by a dotted quarter note
  3. Teaching strategy for a natural minor scale
  4. Explore the rhythm of an eighth note followed by a dotted quarter note
  5. Explore the rhythm of a dotted eighth note followed by a sixteenth note
  6. Explore the rhythm of a sixteenth note followed by a dotted eighth note
  7. Explore fa and ti
  8. Explore flats sharps and naturals
  9. Explore descants and two-part music
  10. Explore theme and variations
  11. Explore music representatives of classical composers / European Masters (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Handel) 
  12. Students learn how to write down music by ear (Aural to Visual)
  13. Music listening of various high-quality music literature / what to listen for in music

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  1. I remember last year when Mr.Moll told us the story about Alfred The Alligator, he said Alfred was his pet. I still don’t know if I should believe him or not.

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