Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Second Grade - "(Seven Days of) Kwanzaa"

Kwanzaa from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello again, Ms. Unger and Ms. Apanay's classes. Our other song is about Kwanzaa, a celebration of the African heritage of African-Americans, that runs from December 26 through January 1.

Second Grade - "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Put a Little Love In Your Heart from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi Second graders from Ms. Unger's and Ms. Apanay's class. The best way to memorize this song is to focus on the patterns in the lyrics. Which parts repeat? And which lines rhyme with each other?

Second Grade - "Al Quebrar La Piñata"

Al Quebrar la Piñata from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi Secondgraders in Ms. Wong's and Ms. Phillip's class. This song about a Christmas piñata has parts that are in duple meter and parts that are in triple. Can you tell which is which?

Monday, November 27, 2017

First Grade - "Mambo, Santa, Mambo!"

Mambo, Santa, Mambo! from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

First Grade - "North Winds Blow"

North Winds Blow 2017 from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello First Grade -- For "North Winds Blow," remember that we are going to play this song using body percussion, as well as singing. Interestingly, all three of the new "B sections" have the same body percussion part.

Kindergarten - "Must Be Santa"

Must Be Santa 2017 from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi Kinders. Here is our other song, "Must Be Santa." Can you remember all the gestures that go along with this song?

Friday, November 17, 2017

5th Grade - "Hitotsu Toya"

Hi 5th graders. Here is the Japanese verse of "Hitotsu Toya" at performance speed, so you can sing along. I did not include the English verses, but you are also responsible for memorizing those.
And here is the pronunciation track for you in Japanese. It is a challenging language for non-native speakers, but, as always, the best way to to look for the patterns. It is actually just a few words.

Fourth Grade - "Pat-a-Pan"

Greetings 4th Graders -- here is the second of two songs we will be doing for our holiday show next month. The English verses should give you very little trouble, and as for the French, just give it a listen once or twice every day and you will be amazed how quickly you pick it up. Sorry I don't have a professional recording for you. The fact is, there is no version with cool drumming counterpoint -- except the one one that we do. :)

Third Grade - "Good King Wenceslas"

Here is the second of our two songs -- Good King Wenceslas. Use the video to learn the piece, but also use the sheet music provided here and in class.

Three Minute Recorder - "Good King Wenceslas 2017" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Third Grade - Recorder Tutorial for D, E & F#

Good morning Third Graders. This little video will help you practice some of the notes we will need to play our holiday show material.

Three Minute Recorder - D, E & F# from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Third Grade - "African Noel"

Three Minute Recorder - African Noel from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hey third grade. Here's a video that talks about how to create an improv for "African Noel." Remember -- you all need to know how to play the response. As for the improv, I will be looking for 8 to 10 brave musicians who wish to "give their testimony."

Fifth Grade - "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena"

Hi fifth graders -- our first holiday show song is "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena." It was written in 1941 by Issachar Miron and became a hit song for the Weavers shortly after WWII.
Many of you already do an excellent job with the Hebrew pronunciations in the first verse, but if you need some help I am also including a pronunciation track.

How to tune your Ukulele

It occurs to me that some of you who are taking the ukulele home for the Thanksgiving break and some of you others players might appreciate a little guidance as to how to keep the instruments in tune -- so here you go!

Wonderland Avenue Music - Ukulele Tuning from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Fourth Grade - "Zemer Atik"

Hello again 4th graders -- here's our other song "Zemir Atik." As I told you in class, the melody is very old. The words which were probably added more recently mean: "We will return again to an ancient melody and the song will linger on. When we raise our glasses together our eyes and hearts will be bright. How good are our tents because there's dancing there. How good are our tents, still we return to an ancient melody." Once again I am supplying you with a vocal music track and the words. Hopefully you will find a moment this week in your tents between the dancing the the glass raising to give it a listen. Happy Thanksgiving!

Second Grade - "S'vivon"

Hello second grade -- here is our first of two holiday songs, "S'vivon." Click on the play button on the black bar below to listen the recording and click the lyric page to make it bigger. Apologies for my froggie voice!

Kindergarten - "Oh Hanukkah"

Oh Hanukkah from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello students, teachers and families. Here is a practice video for "Oh Hanukkah," one of the two songs we will be singing at the Roscomare Road Winter Holiday show on December 15. As we discussed in class, I would like you to focus on the fact that some of the notes are low, some medium and some high and really concentrate on singing them correctly.

TK - "Ise Oluwa"

Hello again. In addition to video I will also be posting audio clips for the kids to practice to. Just click on the play button to hear the track, in this case "Ise Oluwa," a song from Nigeria. The words mean "nothing that the creator has made can every truly be destroyed."
The second track is to help the kids pronounce the words. We will also be working on this in class.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

TK Holiday Show Practice Material - "Little Snowflake"

Greetings Friends - I will be posting practice material for the students to use at home and for teachers to use in the classroom for our Holiday show which will on December 14. More information about the show will be coming, but meanwhile, here is cute video with one of the two songs the TK's will be singing in the show. Hope you like it!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Culmination 2017 -- "Wonderful Roscomare Road"

And as promised here are the words and the audio for "Wonderful Roscomare Road," written by Melissa Manchester many years ago when she was a Roscomare parent. You've been singing it since you were in kindergarten, but this will be the last time so make sure you make it count!

Culmination 2017 - Ukulele tutorial for "Don't Dream It's Over/Rocketman"

Hi 5th graders -- here is a tutorial video that will help those of you playing ukulele for culmination on the mash up song. A little work for you this weekend, but it'll be worth it!

Roscomare 2017 Culmination Mash Up - "Don't Dream/Rocketman" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Culmination Song #3 -- We Are The Champions

Hello again fifth graders. Here is a our third and final song for culmination, "We Are The Champions," by Queen. Nothing fancy here -- we're just singing the song, so get to work learning the words, especially the chorus.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Culmination Song #2 - "Don't Dream It's Over

Hi Fifth graders -- here is the second song (of four) we will be learning for culmination -- this one will be mashing up with "Rocket Man," by Elton John. I do not have a nifty subtitled video for you, but I do have a lyric sheet for you.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

5th Grade Culmination -- "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?"

Hi Fifth Graders, Here's a video that will help you learn the first of our culmination songs. I will be posting the ukuleles parts and a pronunciation track for the Spanish words soon,, but for right now you should be learning the English lyrics. Culmination is just six weeks away, so let's get to it!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Roadrunner String Band rocks Westside Serenade!

What a fantastic job the Roscomare Roadrunner String Band did at Westside Serenade last weekend. I've had several inquiries about our program from other music teachers and lots of compliments about the groups performance and professionalism. Really well done guys! Here's a picture and a couple of video clips.

Roadrunner String Band -"Young Rider" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Roadrunner String Band - "Three Little Birds" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Roadrunner String Band - "Canon Exercise #5"

Roscomare Road Music - "Canon Exercise #5 - for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Finally, here is a tutorial for our newest piece, "Canon Exercise #5." Remember if all you can play is the bordun on strings 3 and 4, there is a part for you in the performance, but I am hoping a few of you will learn the melody. It is quite beautiful. Here's the music.

Roadrunner String Band - "Three Little Birds"

Roscomare Road Music - "Three Little Birds" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Here's the second of our songs that uses ukulele. As the tutorial explains the strumming pattern here is as important as playing the right chords.

Roadrunner String Band - "Simple Gifts"

Roscomare Road Music - "Simple Gifts" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hello Again Roadrunners -- I am reposting this tutorial for Simple Gifts in advance of our performance at Westside Serenade April 22 for the songs we will be playing in our upcoming shows. I am also posting the music. If you are using this video for the first time, please fee free to pause or replay it as much as you need to. You can also click on the link on the right side of this blog page that says "Uke Tuner." Have a great break!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Roscomare Road Runner String Band accepting new members!

Hey there third, fourth and fifth graders -- the Roscomare Roadrunner String Band is starting up again and we are accepting new members. If you are joining us for the first time, you will have an opportunity to perform at the Westside Serenade in a few weeks. You'll also have a chance to play music like this -- from our final rehearsal of section 3 last week.

Roscomare Roadrunner String Band plays Music For Children from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

The Ugly Duckling -- First Grade Storytelling with Musical Illustrations

One of the larger classroom projects we completed this year was the First Grade's musical adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling." The children analyzed the story which was broken into four seasonal parts (the story takes place over a year.) Each class was them give the responsibility of developing music and movement illustrations for one of the sections. Here it is all put together. Enjoy!

Roscomare Road Music - "The Ugly Duckling" - 2017 First Grade Play from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Culture Day - "Simple Gifts/Three Little Birds" - Roscomare Roadrunner String Band

And our final piece is two songs from our after school chorus/ukulele group, the Roscomare Roadrunner String Band. Hope you enjoyed our show!

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - Roadrunner String Band from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Culture Day - "Kahuli/Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - Fifth Grade

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "Kahuli/Over the Rainbow" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Cuture Day - "Troika" - Fourth Grade

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "Troika" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Culture Day - "Water Come A Me Eye" - Third Grade

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "Water Come A Me Eye" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Culture Day - "Tideo" - Second Grade w/the Roadrunner String Band

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "Tideo" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Culture Day - "Wade in the Water" - First Grade

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "Wade in the Water" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Culture Day - "I Just Want to Say Your Name" - Kindergarten

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "I Just Want To Say Your Name" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

2017 Culture Day - "Carnivalito" - TK

Hello Roscomare Families -- If you missed our Culture Day performances on March 3, here's some video of teach of the grade levels performance and the Roscomare Roadrunner String Band starting with TK. Enjoy!

Roscomare Road Music - 2017 Culture Day - "Carnivalito" from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Friday, February 24, 2017

5th Grade Culture Day Performance - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

Roscomare Road Music - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

We are also playing and singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," the famous Judy Garland/Wizard of Oz song that was also a hit for Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. The Tutorial just covers the chords and the intro, but if you can play all four of them you can play the chords where they occur in the song.

5th Grade Culture Day Performance -"Kahuli"

Roscomare Road Music - "Kahuli" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Hi 5th Grade -- here's the Hawaiian song we will be performing for Culture Day next Friday. It's a pretty easy song, mostly on two chords, F and C7.

Roadrunner String Band - "Tideo"

Roscomare Road Music - "Tideo" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Here's the song we will be playing to accompany the 2nd graders dance on culture day. You may find the chords D and A a bit of challenge, but with practice you should be able to change keys in the middle of the song -- something we call modulation.

Roadrunner String Band -- "Three Little Birds"

Roscomare Road Music - "Three Little Birds" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Here's the second of our songs that uses ukulele. As the tutorial explains the strumming pattern here is as important as playing the right chords.

Roadrunner String Band -- "Simple Gifts"

Roscomare Road Music - "Simple Gifts" for Ukes from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

Greetings Roadrunners -- as the saying goes, better late than never. Here is the first of three tutorial videos for the songs we will be playing in our upcoming shows. I am also posting the music. If it is tuning you like I will be posting a tuning video this evening, but you can also click on the link on the right side of this blog page that says "Uke Tuner." I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Third Grade Recorder -- "Water Come A Me Eye"

New Three Minute Recorder - "Water Come A Me Eye" - Part 1 from Richard Lawton on Vimeo.

What's up third grade? Here's a tutorial on "Water Come A Me Eye." Remember, I will be asking all of you to play the first line next week, so try to put into 6-10 minutes of practice a day between now and then -- that's like watching this video twice. The music is posted here too. We are just playing the recorder 1 part (top line through out the score). Not much time till culture day, so get to it. :)