After wrapping up an incredibly joyous day with Red Grammer, Kindergarten and 1st grade music students have embarked upon a new adventure in music appreciation studies. This time we're focusing on rock 'n' roll bands, learning about different styles, genres within genres, and the many players in the evolution of sound. First up were the iconic British Invasion bands The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Students had an opportunity to learn a couple songs from each group (including You Can't Always Get What You Want and Yellow Submarine), watch some classic video footage, and memorize the names of the bands' members. Next up, were the early jam bands The Grateful Dead and The Allman Bros. Students learned the difference between live and studio recordings, sang-along with Jerry Garcia to his classic tune Ripple, and focused a lot on the primary component of this genre; improvisation. Our jam sessions sounded extra-spectacular after the sonic inspiration and the students had a great time debating which of the groups were their personal favorite.
~ Mr. Cardwell, Music Teacher