The first few weeks of school were a moment for the new French music teacher to get to know her new students and vice-versa. Students started the year by discovering and studying pieces of classical music such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A - Second movement, and the Winter part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
Along with studying those pieces, they learned specific vocabulary “Concerto”, “fugue”, “basse continue”, “choeur mixte”, “chant syllabique”.
Students are also working on specific projects:
In 6th grade: a cross-disciplinary project between music and drama
In 7th and 8th grade: a “body percussion” project where students use their bodies to create percussion-like sounds.
Additionally, the newly formed Middle School afterschool choir has some very talented participants!
Did you know that music has powerful positive benefits on the brain? Read more in this scientific article from Brain HQ.