May the 4th be with you! Let’s begin this week like every week, with We Are Cloverbank
Next, sing along with Baby Beluga! This time it’s my sister, Mrs. Clark from Winchester Elementary in West Seneca (Yes, my sister is also an elementary school music teacher…so was my dad!) Her daughter Natalie makes (a big) appearance!
Next, let’s do another at-home Musication Video!
Add on to this with a Dance!
Lastly, please check out my virtual Music Room! My suggestion is to click the Legos in the bottom-left corner.
May the 4th be with you! We’re still working on reading treble clef notes! Some of you sent me some drawing of Treble Clefs and they looked amazing! On top of the treble clef reading, I’ve also started a FlipGrid for recorder songs for the third graders. https://flipgrid.com/recordermonster
You can record yourself playing any of our Recorder Monster songs, even ones from which you already have a belt. The RecorderMonster.com password for May is “monster”. I will comment on each to say 1-2-3 or 4. Record as many as you’d like.
Now on to Treble Clef once more. Here is a video from The Royal Irish Academy of Music that describes treble clef.
Here is another diagram. Hopefully you’re starting to see that where the note is on the staff determines it’s pitch. With letters, it’s a different shape that tells them apart. An “A” looks very different than a “B”, but in music, they’re all circles, so it depends on whether it’s on a line or a space, AND which line or space it’s on.
Good morning! We’re finishing up the Science of Sound by talking about Amplitude! Amplitude is the height of a sound wave and it determines how loud or soft the sound is.
A sound with a high amplitude CAN be damaging to your ears. in fact, even though high pitched sounds can be annoying, with a low amplitude, they’re perfectly safe to listen to.
Any sound played with a high enough amplitude can be dangerous to your hearing.
Amplitude is measured in decibels. Here is a chart to see some common decibel readings:
This doesn’t mean that you will lose all your hearing from being exposed to a higher amplitude sound, but they get more and more dangerous the higher the decibel level. In general, you should wear hearing protection when being exposed to sounds higher than 85 decibels, even more so if you need to be around the sound for a long time.
In 4th grade, we were just about to get to the best part of American Music History…The Dances! Much of American Pop Music is based on popular dances at the time. Studios and artists are still creating new dance crazes and dance challenges on TikTok are launching huge careers for artists that may not have gotten radio air time before. Think about all of the songs in 2019 that had a specific dance tied to it.
Let’s do some dances that helped launch Rock and Roll, both of them this week by Chubby Checker:
Lastly this week, I’m looking for a time to go live and break a glass with sound. Stay tuned to the Cloverbank Facebook Group, Google Classroom, and Twitter.com/mrpanfil for info!
Now if all sound is vibration, and certain frequencies produce certain notes, why do different instruments sound different? If they’re both vibration the air at the same frequency, shouldn’t they sound the same?
Let’s take a look at Timbre:
Lastly, Is it possible to break a glass with sound? It is! I try it with my voice here:
Here’s a video of a successful break in class last year (Everyone had earplugs)