Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
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.
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. :)
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.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
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.
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!
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!
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."
Sunday, November 5, 2017
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
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!
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!
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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
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
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
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
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.
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!
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
And our final piece is two songs from our after school chorus/ukulele group, the Roscomare Roadrunner String Band. Hope you enjoyed our show!
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!