Music connects to every subject when you take the time to think about it. Kindergarten emphasis has been on connecting nursery rhymes, rhythm and sight words, sounds with high and low pitch and movement to include dance and folk games. We have been reviewing SOl songs in each grade level and teaching students how to use their five strategies with the “COLT Strategy Rap”. Emphasis has been placed on connecting with math and reading across grade level during each General Music session.
Our Fourth Grade students are busy learning how to play the recorder. Students are taught how to properly hold and blow the recorder. Emphasis is placed on identifying music symbols and music notes on the staff. Students are encouraged to play selected songs for a colored string simular to the Karate program. Here at Ward, we call it the Recorder Karate program. Students receive a string based on the difficulty of the song played each time attending General Music. All Fourth Graders are given a pre and post test to assess their reading and recorder skills.
Four All County students represented Ward at the Henrico All County Festival held at Hermitage High School. Students had to learn six songs with two part harmony . The festival was awesome. We appreciate Miss Chatman supporting our students at Hermitage High for the performance.
The Ward Testing Pep Rally was an awesome success. Students created choreography for Grades 3-5 to the song “Starr Test Funk” and were given the opportunity to teach the choreography to other classes. Students in Third Grade and Fifth Grade created cheers and shared the cheers during the Testing Pep Rally. Our students were so excited about sharing their gifts and talents with other students. There were also song parodies created by our students and staff. This was a huge hit with all in attendance. Music is really thriving here at Ward in General Music and in the classroom.