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Blair Lyon

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Hello Music Students and Parents,

We miss you all and hope you are doing well.  Each week in Music we have offered several fun activities for you, which should take about 20-30 minutes to complete.  I will leave these up during the Summer, so those who want to try them can do so.  The main focus of this week (into June) is the return of School materials – books, laptops, and in our case, violins (and 5th ​grade Rainbow books). I tried to email everyone whose violin I wasn’t able to find over the past weeks, and now it is time for all of them to come back, so we can check them over, and see if any repairs are needed, or if we need to contact parents about missing materials. If you have not done so, please go to my Survey, and let me know what you know:  

This is the link to the form for my students:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=iFl4W1nRVkKZxmR0oGlvE-gcHkPGpIREl2YQMDJSsThUM0YxN0hSVjMxNlFCVlNIS1A5TFZMRUw0TS4u

Thanks so much, and I look forward to reading our responses!

You can find a Bucket Drumming lesson (plus the Jungle Book songs, too) at this link, https://www.mrdaviesmusicclass.org/announcements.  My email address is:  blair.lyon@slcschools.org and my office hours (when it’s easier to reach me) are 10:00-11:00 am.  If you have any questions, or just want to reach out to us and say “Hi” please email us. 

We also understand people will be returning Library books and other school materials next week, so we will be contacting those of you who we think still have SLCSD instruments (violins, clarinets, etc.)as a reminder. We searched the building as well as we could last month, so we have a pretty good idea…​   

Stay safe, happy, and keep Washing Your Handshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7NFI9i42PE        

 

My “Imperial March” lesson for Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You”) can still be found at https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/509fb0f1-4103-4f85-905e-df3e70042d38​. Also,  there is Mr. Davies Star

Wars Music: https://www.mrdaviesmusicclass.org/announcements/star-wars-music    I also have a couple of other activities, but one of them is in two parts, so first, here are the lyrics (words) to “May Days” [from Music K-8 magazine, Vol. 24, No. 5]:

part 1: Morning time. Rise and shine. It’s a brand new day. Feel so well. I can tell things will go my way.
         There’s a robin on the window teaching all the world to sing.

chorus; parts 1 & 2 (optional):   May days! May days! Shining in the morning sun. May days! May days! Beautiful the spring.

part 1: Shady trees. Honey bees. Playin’ in the sun. 
Ride a bike. Fly a kite. Time to have some fun.
There’s a robin on the window teaching all the world to sing
.

repeat chorus twice

part 1: Beautiful the spring. Beautiful the spring. Beautiful the spring.

OK, now follow this link for some choreography (dance/movement):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0Hwl4_W_pI

 Here is a fun recording  of a piece by Schubert called the “Trout Quintet” – including some famous musicians, including  in Jacqueline du Pre, Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, and Pinkas Zuckerman:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=52&v=ZZdXoER96is&feature=emb_logo – enjoy!

Also, Mr. Davies’ Music Class page was blocked for a while, but there are plenty of fun music activities to explore  there:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=52&v=ZZdXoER96is&feature=emb_logo

 We have received “Guidance for Remote Learning Through June 3, 2020” –  which includes the following:  “We accept that while there are many wonderful things that we would teach if we were in our classrooms with your students, we cannot do them all in this remote learning format.” I will add that I want to “design options for students and parents to help them negotiate stressful days,… and the need to care for themselves and others” …to borrow another phrase.  Schools may be doing things slightly differently from one another, but elementary music specialists are being asked to put together ONE 20-30 minute lesson/activity EACH WEEK, which we have been trying to do.  So, this week, I am going to give links to what we will call “Brain Breaks” – some of which have even come to us from the District!  The idea is to get up, away from other work, and move around a little. These are Kid & Family-friendly, and we need to just relax and have some fun!  If these kids can do it, so can you!  So, here we go:

Zumba® for Kids, "Papi" by Jennifer Lopez    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYXd8REhSvA

Brain Breaks - Action Songs for Children - Happy Dance - Kids Songs by The Learning Station  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ6BPWyIueQ

     Thank you for visiting my page, and welcome to Online/Digital Learning!  I am doing well, and I hope that you and your family are too.  We have been able to make a lot of progress this year, especially those of you who were learning an instrument for the first time! I wish we could still hold live classes, but you can continue to grow as a musician, even if you do not have your instrument at home. 

     First, my “Office Hour” is from 10:00-11:30AM, when I will be able to answer questions more quickly, but I will also be available each school day between 8:00am & 3:00pm to help students with music questions, requests, etc. Please, feel free to email me  [blair.lyon@slcschools.org] if you have anything I can help with. Also, check back here regularly, as I will add resources as I am able to, plus Mr. Davies is helping me set up my own web page!  If you haven’t seen his yet, you should try it out:  http://mrdaviesmusicclass.weebly.com/

     FOR ALL MUSIC STUDENTS (4th  Grade General Music, 5th/6th Grade Strings): The following website, Chrome Music Lab (https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/), is a place where anyone at any age can perform simple experiments to explore how music works. To understand how it works, view the following YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdwmtU-FkrA (Introducing Chrome Music Lab).  Let me know (email) if this is interesting, useful, easy, etc., OK?

       ALSO FOR ALL MUSIC STUDENTS (4th  Grade General Music, 5th/6th Grade Strings): The following video, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, focuses on the instruments of the orchestra. Pay particularl attention to the instruments that can be found in Band: Flute (bird), Oboe (duck), Clarinet (cat), French horn (wolf), and Bassoon (grandfather). The timpani (hunters), also known as kettle drums, can be found in both band and orchestra. The Strings (Peter) are found in the orchestra only. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ZHPiHzeAE (Peter and the Wolf – Vancouver Symphony Orchestra).  When you are able to watch this, tell me by email which instruments were your favorites.

        For All String Orchestra Students (5th & 6th Grade Strings): Don’t worry about not having your instrument, since we didn’t know our last class would be the ‘last” one for a while, so it’s not your fault you weren’t able to take them home.   If you do have your violin, but not the book or music, I am working on some videos to help with that - stay tuned! If you have both your violin & book, practice as much as you can, and try to keep it enjoyable!  In either case, get the instrument out, and try experimenting or “playing” things we might not do in class, for example.

     For those without instruments, I want you (think “assignment”) to view some Recital Videos we’ve made (this year & last) on Mr. Davies page. This link [https://www.mrdaviesmusicclass.org/music-class-videos.html] should take you there, and then select, under “EXTRA”, some of the videos from performances. The Password is: musicclass (no spaces).  Escalante 5th grade students can watch our 5th grade group from last year’s

“Winter Recital 2019”, and you can try to play along with them!  Escalante 6th grade students can watch our 5th & 6th grade groups from last year’s “Winter Recital 2019”, and you can also try to play along with them!   After you watch any of these, email & tell me something you noticed during the performance – playing position, bowing, anything we’ve been working on this year. 

I will be monitoring my email every day, but I will be paying special attention (“live”) between 10a.m.-11:30a.m., M-F.

Be hearing from you soon!         – Mr. Lyon

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