Did you all know that MUSIC in itself is the UNIVERSAL language? People who know how to read music are able to communicate with others from all around the world no matter what language they speak! That’s why we music teachers work hard to teach music literacy to all of our students.
All Students in preparation for our ifest parade are learning to sing: Hello from all the Children of the World.
What else has been happening?
Students in 5th grade are learning a medley of African folk songs for their upcoming winter concert: An African Celebration combines Siyahamba- from South Africa, Sing Noel- from Liberia, and Betelmehu- a carol from Nigeria.
Other songs they will perform which celebrate our diversity and multicultural heritage of our school are: The Peace Round.- which includes our singing peace in 13 languages. Nes Gadol Haya Sham is another song we are learning for our concert. The widely known carol, Stille Nacht will be presented in German, English and Spanish.
In preparing for the annual Houston Symphony field trip at Jones Hall, these students are learning about composers from around the world: Russian composers, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, German composers, Beethoven and Brahms, and even an American current composer, Jennifer Higdon are some whose music we will hear on October 3rd.
All students in 2nd- 5th are learning and performing World Music Drumming Techniques in the Music Classroom.
Third Graders have learned to sing Frere Jacques in French and English.
The 4th graders have learned Funga Alafia- a West African Welcome song.