The fourth and fifth grade music classes have continued to refine their jam sessions to a spectacular degree. With all students being proficient on ukulele and xylophones, and a variety of multi-instrumentalist in class playing banjo, guitar, recorder, piano, percussion and more, it really opens up our ability to vary the sonic textures. Students are generally given an "A" section (containing two to four chords) and a "B" section (with two to four more chords) and asked to cycle through the parts. This rhythm section provides the harmony while each student is given the opportunity to express themselves creatively during individual improvisations in front of the class. Lately, we've been exploring modes, dabbling with major tonality (happy songs), minor keys (melancholy music) and the mixolydian scale (songs with a bluesy characteristic). The kids sound great and really enjoy this time making music with their friends.
~ John Cardwell, Music Teacher