Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Recorder Karate and Voicethread


As you have probably heard, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are working on Recorder Karate in music class.  In an effort to save trees and resources, I am not making individual packets of Recorder Karate for students.  (It's a ten-page packet and that would mean well over a thousand pages of print!)   Enter Voicethread.com!  This is a fantastic website I found a couple of years ago that will suit our purposes perfectly!  Voicethread.com is a place where you can have collaborative conversations on the web.  Students will be able to view all the Recorder Karate songs, practice, and even test for their beads online.....But I am getting a little ahead of myself here!  

What is Recorder Karate?
Recorder Karate is the recorder method that I use both at Centennial and Stansberry Elementary Schools.  You might be familiar with the system of advancement in a Karate Dojo where students are awarded colored belts for the skills that they achieve.  The same concept applies to Recorder Karate where music students receive beads or "belts" for every song they master.  The belts begin with white and go all the way to black.  It has been a great motivator for students to get their beads and a source of pride as they can display their achievements right on their recorders!  

What is Voicethread?
Voicethread is a way to have a "collaborative conversation" on the web.  It has enabled me to put our Recorder Karate resources in a place that anyone with access to the internet can find.  Students can practice and even record their songs on Voicethread.  Please watch the brief overview below.

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As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Welcome Back! and What's Next?

Welcome back to January, Everybody!
I hope that you all had a relaxing and rewarding break!  Many of my students have asked, Mr. Robertson, what else are we going to do?"  After our program in December, many have wondered what there is "left to do."  Here is a brief overview of what is happening in music at Centennial and Stansberry over the upcoming months....

Singing-Dancing
Musical Instrument Families
Recorder Karate (grades 3-5)
Composers
Reading Music
Listening to Music
Talent Show (May)
Rap Unit
Keyboard Lab
Mr. Robertson's Vocabulary Challenge

As you can see, we will be busy, busy, busy in Music Class!  In my next couple of posts I will describe each topic in greater detail.  If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Michael.Robertson@thompsonschools.org
(970) 613-5833

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Carol-Along Lyrics

Christmas Carol-Along

Joy to the World

Joy to the world!  The Lord is come.
Let earth receive her King!
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room.
And heav'n and nature sing.
And heav'n and nature sing.
And heav'n and heav'n and nature sing.

He rules the world with truth and grace.
And makes the nations prove
the glories of His righteousness.
And wonders of His love.
And wonders of His love.
And wonders, wonders of His love.


The First Noel
The first Noel the angel did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay.
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
on a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel.  Noel, Noel.
Born is the King of Israel.


Silent Night
Silent night.  Holy night.
All is calm.  All is bright.
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild.
Sleep in heavenly peace.  
Sleep in heavenly peace.


Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing
Hark!  The herald angels sing,
 "Glory to the newborn King!"
Peace on earth and mercy mild.
 God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful all ye nations rise.
Join the triumph of the skies.
With angelic hosts proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Hark!  The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace!
Hail the son of righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings.
Risn' with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by.
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth.
Born to give them second birth.
Hark!  The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
The newborn King!

Christmas Sing Along Lyrics

Christmas Sing Along

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la la la la la
'Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la la la la la
Don we now our gay apparel
Fa la la la la la la la la
 Troll the ancient Yuletide carol
Fa la la la la la la la la

See the blazing yule before us
Fa la la la la la la la la
Strike the harp and joint the chorus
Fa la la la la la la la la
Follow me in merry measure
Fa la la la la la la la la
While I tell of Yuletide treasure
Fa la la la la la la la la

Fast away the old year passes
Fa la la la la la la la la
Hail the new ye lads and lasses
Fa la la la la la la la la
Sing we joyous all together
Fa la la la la la la la la
Heedless of the wind and weather
Fa la la la la la la la la

Up on the Housetop

Up on the housetop reindeer pause
Out jumps good old Santa Claus
Down through the chimney with lots of toys
All for the little ones' Christmas joys

Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go?
Ho, ho, ho! Who wouldn't go?
Up on the housetop, click, click click!
Down through the chimney with good Saint Nick!

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow, 
In a one horse open sleigh
O'er the fields we go, laughing all the way
Bells on bobtail ring. Making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing 
a sleighing song tonight!

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! 
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride 
In a one horse open sleigh!

Jingle bells! Jingle bells! 
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride 
In a one horse open sleigh!

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas 
And a Happy New Year

Good tidings to you wherever you are
Good tidings for Christmas 
And a happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas 
And a Happy New Year

And a happy New Year!
(Shout) Merry Christmas!