Dear Parents/Guardians of Pyron Cubs,
Over the last few weeks, the third and fourth graders of Pyron Elementary have been studying four instrument families: string, brass, woodwind, and percussion. We have learned how these instruments make sound, how they are classified, and everyone got to hold and play a guitar! One tool that we used is a video created by the Orchestra of Wales found on YouTube (LINK) In this video we are given a “tour” of the orchestra and its instruments. You could quiz your child by looking up these videos and playing portions of the music, asking them if they recognize the instrument family or individual instrument that is being played.
We ended the unit with a lesson on the human voice. The ability to sing is often overlooked as a serious musical ability in young people. Many think that if they cannot play an instrument then they are not a musician. That is simply not true! Our goal is to create music literacy in your child’s education, and help them grow comfortable with all instruments, including those in band, orchestra, choir, and found all the way across the world.
Your kids are incredibly talented, and it is my honor and privilege to work and learn with them everyday. If you want to hear them demonstrate some things we have learned in class, ask them about these songs, “Stand Up, Sit Down”, “Madalina Catalina”, and “El barquito” (Spanish and English lyrics below).
Please feel free to email or call if you have any questions or comments.
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It’s a great day to be a cub! Have the best day of your life!!