•                Kindergarten Music
                    
                         Mrs. Alicia Simpson 
                Kindergarten Performing Arts (Music )Teacher
                              asimpson@hillsdalechools.com
     
     
    Hi Everyone,
     
    Lesson #12 is the final lesson of the 2020 Virtual Remainder Year unless we do a summer special. Have a wonderful summer everyone, see you IN PERSON so, so, soon!
     
    Happy Earth Day! Take time to smell the flowers and look at the trees. It is the day to sing “The Green Grass Grows All
    Around”!
     
    I’d like to start introducing “The Star-Spangled Banner”, our National Anthem. Next week, I’ll tell you more about it.
     
    Music Educators decided that April is “Jazz in Our Schools” Month.  Jazz is an American style of music which features improvisation. Improvisation is using the musical tune and changing it around as it goes but still keeping it semi-recognizable. 
    I’ve included links to a few examples of Jazz music.
     
     
    All lessons will be kept in the blog page, look for a link on the left menu:
    https://www.hillsdaleschools.com/Page/6328
     
    So, Week 2 of K Music online.  Happy Spring everyone.  I would like you to listen to the first movement of "Spring" from Vivaldi's "The SEASONS", particularly the version with Itzhak Perlman playing the violin. More will be posted about this in my video.  There is a story that goes with the music. Vivaldi composed his suite, "The Seasons" around sonnets that were written.  Here is the English translation of the part featured below. I am only putting the translation of the first movement. See if you can keep the beat and folllow the story as I like to tell it.  We are outside playing on a nice Spring Day.  There are birds chirping to each other.  There is a stream.  A spring storm pops up.  After the storm, the birds are back chirping.  See and listen how Mr. Perlman and the Concertmaster (1st violin next to him) interact and echo back and forth.  
     
    Spring – Concerto in E Major

    Allegro
    Springtime is upon us.
    The birds celebrate her return with festive song,
    and murmuring streams are softly caressed by the breezes.
    Thunderstorms, those heralds of Spring, roar, casting their dark mantle over heaven,
    Then they die away to silence, and the birds take up their charming songs once more. 

     
    Last week, I asked for song parodies and one student accepted the challenge.  Aiden P (KO at Meadowbrook) and his mom submitted a parody on the song, "Bad Liar"  by Imagine Dragons.  Way to go Aiden.  I will try to post my attempt to sing his version.  
     

    Oh, hush my dear, it’s been a difficult year

    On top of that, now we’re stuck right here

    But trust me darling, trust me darling

    It’s not so bad, please don’t feel so sad

    There’s stuff we can do, yes me and you

    Trust me darling, trust me darling:

     

    So look me in the eyes, or watch how I disguise

    I’m wiggling like a worm, because I need to squirm

    There may be no parades, but this game is called charades, 

    and you can play it too,  instead of crying boo hoo

     

    I’m silly goose, silly goose

    What are you, you can do it too

    Be a funny bird, but not a turd,

    What are you, you can do it too

     

    Now listen up, here’s another game

    Right now I’m not Aidan I have changed my name

    Oh I am Simon, Oh I am Simon, I’m Simon, Simon, Simon

    Simon gets to tell you what to do 

    He can be kind but super whacky too

    Are you ready, for a practice with Simon, Simon Simon…

     

    Simon says look up, Simon says look down

    Simon says to smile, Simon says don’t frown

    Now act like a pig, in the mud you lay,

    Wait stop don’t do that, Simon didn’t say!

     

    I’m silly goose, silly goose

    What are you, you can do it too

    You can write a song, we can sing along

    It’s not so bad, please don’t feel so sad

     

    I can’t play in the park today, 

    But I can still have fun this way

    Believe me this one time… believe me

     

     I’m silly goose, silly goose

    What are you, you can do it too

    You can write a song, we can sing along

    It’s not so bad, please don’t feel so sad…

     

    Please believe me… please believe me…

    Below is the original song. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEDhGX-UTeI

    My recorded videos will follow soon.  Enjoy. 

     
     
    Stay safe.  As always, Keep singing! 
     
    Mrs. Alicia Simpson                                                  
    K Performing Arts (Music) Teacher
    (Smith/Meadowbrook)
    asimpson@hillsdaleschools.com